Category Archives: Labor and Employment

COVID-19 and Paid Sick Leave

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought seismic changes to nearly every facet of our lives. The same has been true for federal and local employment laws. Although the law typically evolves and changes at a near glacial pace, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced new sick leave laws in a matter of weeks that would have before […]

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Employment Law Updates: (1) Independent Contractor Classification (AB 5) and (2) Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Small California Employers

2019 has been a busy year in the employment law front. We update you on two substantial updates that impact employers and employees alike: (1) the legislative pronouncement of the reach of the ABC Test on independent contractor classification and (2) the brief extension for small employers to provide mandatory sexual harassment training. Independent Contractor […]

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Post-Dynamex Independent Contractor Classification Developments

We have written previous articles over the past year discussing the groundbreaking April 30, 2018, California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court of Los Angeles which, in practice, significantly increases the liability risk and damages exposure to individuals or businesses seeking to classify workers as independent contractors. The Dynamex decision […]

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DC Circuit Court Upholds NLRB’s 2015 Browning-Ferris “Indirect” Control Joint Employer Test and Signals Intent to Limit NLRB’s Pending Joint Employer “Rulemaking” Process

On December 28, 2018, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the “DC Circuit”) issued its long-awaited opinion concerning the appeal of the National Labor Relation Board’s 2015 ruling on the “joint employer” test. (See, https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/A1D3A01EDFAB1B8A852583710055207A/$file/16-1028-1766137.pdf) “Joint employment” in essence occurs when two or more individuals or companies are involved […]

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New California Laws Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment In the Wake of the #MeToo Movement 

Two new California laws demonstrate the widespread impact of the #MeToo Movement and the focus on putting a stop to sexual harassment in the workplace. SB 820: Prohibiting “Hush Money” Settlements Many articles and investigative reports have been published about prominent public figures, politicians and other famous (or infamous) persons with an apparent history of […]

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Impact of Dynamex California Supreme Court Decision on Use of Independent Contractors

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court in Dynamex Operations W. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903, announced a sea change on who is an employee, rather than an independent contractor (“IC”), for claims under California’s Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders (“Wage Orders”), which regulate the wages, hours, and working conditions of workers […]

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Instructive Administrative Exemption Ruling for Staffing Firms

This alert addresses a recent 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Perry v. Randstad Gen. Partner (US) LLC, 2017 WL 5560160 (6th Cir. Nov. 20, 2017) (See link to decision below), concerning classification of employees as exempt versus nonexempt.  “Exemption” classification, much like independent contractor classification, is highly fact intensive, nuanced and specific.  And, as […]

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New California Employment Laws for 2018

2018 is now fully upon us.  And with the beginning of a new year, one certainty is that there will be new employment laws to become familiar with in California.  Below is an overview of three new laws related to salary history inquiries, criminal history inquiries, and parental leave that employers should understand and begin […]

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New California Employment Laws for 2018

2018 is now fully upon us. And with the beginning of a new year, one certainty is that there will be new employment laws to become familiar with in California. Below is an overview of three new laws related to salary history inquiries, criminal history inquiries, and parental leave that employers should understand and begin […]

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Instructive Administrative Exemption Ruling for Staffing Firms

This alert addresses a recent 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Perry v. Randstad Gen. Partner (US) LLC, 2017 WL 5560160 (6th Cir. Nov. 20, 2017) (See link to decision below), concerning classification of employees as exempt versus nonexempt.  “Exemption” classification, much like independent contractor classification, is highly fact intensive, nuanced and specific.  And, as […]

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