Avoid Penalties: Must-Have Workplace Posters for California Employers
Avoid Penalties: Must-Have Workplace Posters for California Employers

By Scott Liner, Employment Attorney California employers must meet all state and federal requirements related to posting employment-related information in the workplace. Specifically, the California Department of Industrial Relations requires employers to post information related to wages, hours and working conditions in an area frequented by employees where it may be easily read during the workday. The required posters can be seen here by clicking on this link to the Department of Industrial Relations. Federal law required postings can be viewed by clicking here. Many of the workplace posters are available at no cost from the requiring agency or can... READ MORE

Surviving Inflation: Tips for Small Business Owners to Keep Customers, Employees, and Profitability Afloat

Inflation can be a challenging economic situation for small business owners. Rising prices of goods and services can make it difficult to keep your customers happy, pay your employees, and stay in business. So how can small business owners adapt to inflation and thrive in a challenging economic environment? Here are some strategies to consider adopting and how Chase Law Group can help. Manage Costs: One of the most effective ways to adapt to inflation is to manage costs effectively. This means taking a hard look at your business expenses and finding ways to reduce them without compromising on quality.... READ MORE

Ninth Circuit Rules that Mandatory Arbitration Agreements with Employees are Permitted

In a significant decision impacting employers’ ability to require new and current employees to agree to arbitrate their disputes, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held by a 2-1 decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Bonta that AB51, enacted in California in 2019, which prohibited mandatory arbitration agreements, violated the Federal Arbitration Act.  Based upon its ruling, which reversed an earlier decision issued by the Ninth Circuit, employers can now require employees to enter arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.  California employers must now wait to see if the state of California will appeal to the full Ninth Circuit or the... READ MORE

Audio and Video Surveillance in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

There are a number of reasons that California employers may consider audio or video recording in the workplace, including security, safety, and/or to monitor their employees’ and customers’ behavior in their place of business. However, before doing so, employers need to understand the various rights and restrictions related to recording in the workplace. Video Recording As a preliminary matter, despite an employer’s desire to record what goes on at their place of business, the California Constitution guarantees the privacy of its citizens in the workplace, schools, government buildings and other property. Courts and the legislature have determined that this right... READ MORE

Minimum Wage To Increase To $15.50 Per Hour For All California Employers

Effective January 1, 2023, the state minimum wage will increase to $15.50/hr. Note that certain cities, including City of Los Angeles ($16.04 per hour) and Unincorporated County of Los Angeles County ($15.90 per hour) have a slightly higher minimum wage.  Employers must pay their employees pursuant to whichever law affords employees the highest minimum wage. Also increases in the state minimum wage requires that exempt employees must be paid twice the state minimum wage for full-time employment (40 hours per week). Therefore, as of January 1, 2023, most exempt salaried workers must be paid no less than $64,480 to retain... READ MORE

New Employment Laws Coming in 2023: Time to Update Your Employee Handbooks

It's that time of year when we update you on upcoming changes to the employment law landscape and for you to take the opportunity to update your employee handbooks and policies.  Below we set forth the newly passed legislation that that takes effect January 1, 2023 that impacts employers. Expansion of CFRA Leave for Designated Person AB 1041 expands who an employee can take leave to care for under both the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and California’s paid sick leave law. Beginning January 1, 2023, employees can take CFRA leave or paid sick leave to care for a “designated... READ MORE

California Extends Supplemental Paid Leave Through End of 2022 for Employers with 26 or More Employees

Governor Newsom has signed AB 152 which extends an employer’s (with 26 or more employees) obligation to provide Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (“SPSL”) through December 31, 2022.  The prior law covering SPSL expired on September 30, 2022.   Although the new law extends paid leave through the end of this year, it does not create any additional benefits or leave that otherwise existed under the prior SPSL law that expired September 30, 2022.  Thus, if an employee already used their available banks of time under the prior SPSL law, no additional SPSL leave need be provided. For a complete breakdown... READ MORE

The ABCs of California’s Requirement for Reimbursing Employee’s Expenses

California employers are required to reimburse their employees for “all necessary business expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties.” (See California Labor Code section 2802.)  Employers failing to properly reimburse their employees for work-related expenses risk exposure for the unreimbursed expense, attorneys fees, and possibly a Private Attorney General (PAGA) claim or class action if the practice of not reimbursing employees is widespread.  Importantly, employers are obligated to proactively determine whether an employee is incurring expenses and cannot simply rely upon the argument that the employee never requested reimbursement.... READ MORE

US Supreme Court Issues Significant Decision Permitting Arbitration of Individual PAGA Claims

In a significant victory for California employers, earlier this month the US Supreme court issued a decision in Viking River Cruises  v. Moriana, that allows California employers to compel arbitration of Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”) based claims of an individual and obtain a dismissal of all other aggrieved PAGA employees’ claims.  The impact of the decision could potentially result in greatly diminishing an employer’s exposure for penalties under PAGA. How PAGA Claims Were Litigated Prior to the Viking River Cruises Decision Prior to Viking River Cruises, under PAGA, an individual Plaintiff could bring a PAGA claim of their own as well as on... READ MORE

California Employment Law: Changes and Upcoming Deadlines

This month we remind you of upcoming changes and deadlines coming at the end of this month related to California employment law and discuss a recent California decision impacting meal and rest period violation and premium pay reporting requirements. Increase in City of Los Angeles and Unincorporated County of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Requirements Effective July 1, 2022 Effective July 1, 2022, minimum wage for employees working within the City of Los Angeles will increase from $15.00 per hour to $16.04 per hour. The City of Los Angeles minimum wage rate applies to any employees who perform at least two... READ MORE