Dynamex Revisited

The California Supreme Court shook up the business world with their decision in Dynamex, a case covering the employer/worker relationship that we have discussed at length in this blog. Until recently, the idea of an independent contractor existed in the California workplace. The test the courts used to determine if the worker was in fact…

Is The Dynamex Decision Retroactive?

The Court’s answer remains unclear and the potential impact to California Employers can be enormous. As you are certainly aware by now, last Spring the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, which community leaders view as a sea change for California business. No one who does business with independent contractors…

Updating Employee Handbooks

Most businesses—of all sizes—have employee handbooks. The handbook is a policy manual that serves as the governing document for the business’s workplace and human resources operations. The handbook not only provides the “playbook” for expectations about workplace practices and culture, but it can also serve as valuable evidence in a lawsuit. An employer should draft…

Can an Employer Change An Employee’s Job Description At Will?

If you hire an employee for one job, with certain duties, are you, as an employer in California, able to add additional requirements and threaten termination if the employee doesn’t complete these additional requirements? This is a common situation, particularly when it comes to jobs requiring driver’s licenses. Although some employers initially hire an employee…

Are Management and Employee Training Programs Important?

When was the last time your company offered management and/or employee training programs? It’s well known that these informative programs have both practical and legal significance for your business. When run correctly, these programs are vital, as they should be specific to addressing the needs of your business and its organizational mission. The Practical Importance…