Labor & Employment Law Update: What’s New For 2020?

The California legislature has been busy.  There are numerous new and significant employment laws effective January 1, 2020. Employers should take note of the following key developments and should review their policies and practices—preferably with counsel—to ensure they are in compliance so as to limit any potential exposure. Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary Basis Increase (Labor…

Left waiting: Workers’ comp creates lengthy delays for Californians injured on the job

Although the number of Californians needing evaluations for reported on-the-job-injuries has soared, the state’s stable of approved medical evaluators to review those cases has been dropping. Injured workers in California often wait months or even years to receive the medical evaluations required to get needed treatment, and in some cases to determine how disabled they…

Dynamex Being Applied Retroactively

There is potentially some more bad news for California employers affected by the recent wave of “independent contractor” decisions. The California Court of Appeal recently held that the ABC test as outlined in the 2018 California Supreme Court Dynamex decision applies retroactively to pending litigation on wage and hour cases.  The opinion in Gonzales v.…

Mayor Garcetti Speaks at United Chambers Event, Nick Roxborough Leads Flag Salute

As published in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal on September 19, 2019. About 400 people appeared at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills on Wednesday as the United Chambers of Commerce held its 15th Annual Richard Leyner Mayor’s Luncheon with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as keynote speaker. United Chambers’ chair, Armida Colmenares-Stafford, introduced…

Business Insider: Pay Raises Sought for Medical Examiners to Curb Comp System Exodus

The article below was featured in Business Insider on July 24, 2019. A legislative effort to raise the compensation for qualified medical examiners in California aims to help quell the loss of doctors working on cases involving injured workers. Qualified medical evaluators are physicians certified by the California Division of Workers Compensation Medical Unit to…