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…Details
The world wide web. It seems impossible to remember a time before the internet (and social media) took over. And with employees, millenials particularly, adapting to our digital age with such ease, it is ever-important for California employers to be vigilant regarding how they respond to employee social media usage.
California business owners who read this blog are hopefully aware of the myriad laws governing the employer-employee relationship. These laws can also apply to soon-to-be former employees. As an disgruntled ex-employee can spell trouble for your business, read on to learn more about what you need to keep in mind when firing an employee in…Details
California employment laws are among the toughest in the nation and the number of lawsuits filed by disgruntled employees among the highest as well. It is also probably not surprising that legal claims surrounding pay seem to come up most often.
While the status of independent contractors versus employees seems to be in a constant state of flux in California, one thing is certain: fewer and fewer workers actually qualify for IC status. Indeed, in a ruling that could once again change the status of workers across the state, the California Supreme Court recently made it…Details
School’s out for summer… And that means many employees are requesting time off for family vacations, making now a great time for your business to review its vacation policy. Vacation policies must be compliant with California law and also meet company needs. While paid vacation is not mandatory in California, if an employer has offered…Details
The California Supreme Court recently ruled that employers must pay their workers for small amounts of time they spend on routine work tasks off the clock. In the case Troester v. Starbucks Corp., the Court rejected the notion that the “de minimis” doctrine commonly applied by federal courts would automatically or routinely excuse the payment…Details
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…Details
The United States Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that employers have a right to require employees resolve claims against employers individually, rather than on a class-action basis. Workers routinely sign arbitration agreements in their hiring paperwork, and before the decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, there was a conflict in the law…Details
Joseph Gjonola talks about the recent opinion Planned Parenthood Fed’n of Am., Inc. v. Ctr. for Med. Progress (“PPF”) on LAW360 and how it all but gutted California’s anti-SLAPP procedure when it comes to motions filed in federal court.