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California Employers Receive Favorable Interpretation of “Regular Rate of Compensation” in Labor Code Provision Concerning Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay and Guidance Regarding Lawful Rounding Practices

Earlier this month, a California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that is good news for California employers. The opinion addressed the meaning of “regular rate of compensation” in California Labor Code section 226.7, which requires employers to pay employees a premium wage when employees do not receive meal or rest periods, and also addressed … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Concludes That Claims Under Labor Code 2800 and 2802 Not Excluded From Coverage by “Wage and Hour” Exclusion in Lloyd’s of London Insurance Policy

In a win for California employers, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held in Southern California Pizza Co., LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London Subscribing to Policy Number 11EPL-20208, 2019 WL 4572859, that claims against the insured employer brought under California Labor Code §§ 2800 and 2802 were potentially covered by … Continue Reading

New California Law Prohibits Asking Job Applicants About Their Salary History

A new California law (AB 168) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 12, 2017 that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary histories of its job applicants. AB 168, which takes effect on January 1, 2018, and applies to all California employers (including state and local governments) represents an expansion of California’s fight … Continue Reading

Amendments to FEHA Regulations Effective April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations will become effective. While the amendments bring the regulations into compliance with various recent statutory changes and case law interpretations, they also contain several new requirements that impact mandatory employer policies, trainings, and notices. New Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention Policy … Continue Reading

Changes in California Employment Law for 2015

This BakerHostetler Alert was authored by: Vartan S. Madoyan, Barri L. Friedland, Diamond M. Hicks, and Sabrina L. Shadi As Californians get back to business in the new year, we wanted to highlight the following changes to California employment laws for 2015: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Protections Against Discrimination and Harassment for Unpaid Interns and Volunteers Protection Against Discrimination … Continue Reading

New California Law Imposes Joint Liability on Businesses and Contract Vendors for Wage Violations and Workers’ Compensation Coverage

For companies using independent contractors in California, 2014 has been a difficult year, with several significant court decisions threatening the contractor model. In June, the Ninth Circuit rejected the parties’ choice of Georgia law in an independent contractor agreement and found that the contractor was an employee under California law. Later that month, the California … Continue Reading

The California Court of Appeal Finds That an Employee Expense is an Employee Expense is an Employee Expense

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) published a decision that could impact many employers in California. The threshold question at issue in the case was whether an employer was required to reimburse its employees for the reasonable expenses they incurred for the mandatory use of a personal cell … Continue Reading

Failure to Reimburse California Employees for Business Expenses, Including Mileage, Resulting in Class-Action Litigation

In California, there has been an increase in class action litigation against employers for the alleged failure to reimburse employees for business expenses, particularly mileage reimbursement.   By way of example, in recent actions filed against prominent retailers, employees allege that they were not reimbursed for mileage and other travel expenses caused by: daily bank deposits, … Continue Reading
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