1. The Dueling Banjos: Two Recent Supreme Court Solos Echo Through California Employment Law

    The courts in the United States often zig and zag in different ways, as some judges lean one way or another. The result is like dueling banjos, with melodies resonating for years as employment lawyers in Los Angeles pick up their own instruments to mimic the rhythm to their own case. Two employment law “solos” are discussed in this blog (to clarify, neither of these cases have anything to do w…Read More

  2. Update on minimum wage increases as we approach July 1, 2017 for various cities in California

    As we approach July 2017, California employers should remember that, if they have increased or decreased in size this past year, they may be subject to new minimum wage and mandatory paid sick leave laws. The following is a breakdown for increased minimum wage and mandatory paid sick leave for both California State and Los Angeles (and other cities/municipalities), specifically:   MINIMUM WAGE FO…Read More

  3. A Road Less Traveled – Marijuana in the Transportation Workplace

    Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana consumption, either medically, recreationally, or both.  The rights regarding possession and consumption vary from state to state, with some states allowing possession up to 24 ounces (Oregon), down to 1 ounce (Alaska).  The implications of legalized consumption of marijuana and its impact in the workplace remain relative…Read More

  4. CA Recordkeeping

    Recordkeeping is essential for all companies doing business in California. Aside from the well-known requirement that records be kept for a minimum of three (3) years, there are several nuances to the best recordkeeping practices, which enable companies to protect not only themselves, but their employees as well. Many people forget that good and efficient recordkeeping practices can increase profi…Read More

  5. Annual Performance Reviews

    This topic goes hand in hand, in my mind, with the continued use of “honesty policies” in employee handbooks. While some employers have been doing away with annual performance reviews, the general reticence in all industries still comes from the fact/question/belief that annual reviews serve two important purposes: (1) to enable to gauge an employee’s performance, meriting a salary increase …Read More

  6. Got Bad Reviews? That’s Too Bad, Under New Law

    It’s been said that "opinions are like a________s – everyone has one".   But they can do serious damage to a business, when they take the form of negative reviews online. People are entitled to express their opinions (it's that pesky free speech thing).  Reviews have become powerful influencers.  Most of us won’t consider buying or using something, choosing a restaurant, hotel or activit…Read More

  7. Salary History Bans and the Gender Wage Gap

    Laws prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history may not have been passed in every state yet, but employers should be paying attention to the issues the law raises—especially in light of a bill introduced in Congress that would ban salary history questions during job interviews nationwide. Massachusetts was the first state to ban public and private employers from…Read More

  8. In for the Long Haul – FAAA Preemption Over Meal and Rest Breaks

    This article briefly explores the interplay between the Federal Aviation Administration and Authorization Act of 1994 and the wage and hour laws for the State of California. Additionally, and peripherally, this article reflects the incredible length of time, resources, and frustration that must be endured when litigating cases that implicate this Act.  The would be plaintiff and unfortunate …Read More

  9. Federal Revisions to the Information Required From Employers In EEO-1 Reports

    While larger employers across the nation have grown accustomed to the information and statistics that must be provided in annual EEO-1 reports, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued revisions which will now require even more detailed information.  Specifically, employers with at least one hundred (100) employees must now submit their annual EEO-1 Reports to incl…Read More

  10. Challenges Facing The Trucking Industry with the Onset Inevitability of Trucks That Pilot Themselves

    The technology necessary to operate vehicles without human participation is in its adolescent stage, with industry experts suggesting only a short period of time before driverless cars and trucks become commonplace. Currently, the greatest impediment to explosive growth in the driverless vehicle industry is rooted in challenges which occur in population centers. The likelihood of computer error an…Read More