Give Me A Break: Avoid The Pitfalls of Meal and Rest Break Violations
Give Me A Break: Avoid The Pitfalls of Meal and Rest Break Violations

A common wage and hour issue targeted by savvy Plaintiff’s employment attorneys is whether employers correctly and accurately provide meal and rest periods to their non exempt employees.  Under California law, an employee is entitled to an hour of pay for any missed or interrupted meal or rest period that an employee is not provided each day (for a maximum limit of two hours of penalty per day) going back over four years.  Additionally, if the meal and rest period violations occur across the board to all or many employees, such violations can serve as a basis for a Private... READ MORE

California Itemized Paystubs: What You Need To Know

Employers in California are required to provide employees with an itemized wage statement, also known as a pay stub.  In California there are very specific requirements under the applicable wage orders and labor code that set forth what every pay stub must include. Failing to issue an accurate and California compliant wage statement can result in substantial penalties. In that regard, paystub violations are a target claim for savvy Plaintiff’s attorneys’ who bring Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims on behalf of all employees affected, resulting in potential six figure exposure.  Violations will occur for among other reasons, whenever an... READ MORE

New Federal Law Bars Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Claims

In March 2022, President Biden signed into new law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (EFASASHA), barring the enforcement of most mandatory arbitration provisions in cases alleging sexual assault or sexual harassment. The EFASASHA will apply to all pre-dispute arbitration clauses, including those in contracts executed before the law’s enactment. The law will also invalidate pre-dispute agreements that waive an employee’s right to participate in a joint, class or collective action in court, arbitration or any other forum that relates to a sexual assault or sexual harassment dispute. Moreover, if a dispute arises about whether... READ MORE

The Most Common Wage and Hour Mistakes Employers Make and How to Prevent Them

Doing business in California, and having employees requires a keen awareness of the risks involved and how to avoid them, particularly when it comes to California’s extensive wage and hour laws.  Violations of these laws, even if unintentional, can result in substantial penalties and owed wages. However, much of this risk can be prevented by avoiding common mistakes and ensuring that your company’s wage and hour practices and policies comply with California law. The following are the most common wage and hour mistakes made by employers: Failing to Keep Accurate Time Keeping Records including Meal and Rest Periods Employers frequently... READ MORE

New Paid Covid Sick Leave Law For Employers with 26 or More Employees

California has enacted a new paid Covid Sick Leave Law (Labor Code section 248.6) effective February 19, 2022 that applies to employers with 26 or more employees and provides potentially up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for qualified employees.  The leave applies to anyone at covered employers (with 26 or more employees) from January 1, 2022 through September 20, 2022.  So, workers who already missed work due to  Covid would be entitled to paid leave for the time they missed subject to the requirements set forth below.  (Employers who already voluntarily provided paid leave for Covid illness this... READ MORE

Good News for Employers: AB1119 / AB95 Bills Die

Several bills impacting employers have been going through the legislative process during these past months and two carryover bills AB1119 / AB95 considered “job killer” bills that would have expanded mandates on employers died in the Assembly fiscal committee. AB 1119 would have required employers to accommodate any employee with family responsibilities with uncapped protected leave for employees to request time off and likely exposed employers to costly litigation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. If passed, this bill could have enabled an employee to challenge any adverse employment action as being related to the employee’s family responsibilities, rather... READ MORE

What is an employer required to do when an employee tests positive for COVID?

Under AB 685, when an employee tests positive for Covid, the employer must notify employees and other onsite workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks to the local health department.  Notify Employees and Potentially Exposed Workers Within one business day of notice of the potential exposure, the employer must provide written notice to employees and employers of subcontracted employees who were on the premises at the same worksite as the worker diagnosed with COVID-19 during the infectious period. Written notice can be in a manner the employer normally uses to communicate employment-related information. The... READ MORE

Five Important Considerations Before Terminating An Employee

The decision to terminate an employee is often a difficult one.  Whether due to finding a replacement, the stress and aggravation the employee situation has become, or due to the potential exposure and liability you could face if the separation is not handled correctly.  However, by ensuring that you have taken into consideration 5 important issues when making the termination decision, you can proceed with the separation, in a fair and consistent manner which best protects your organization.  Is the Decision Justified and Not A surprise to the employee? To protect the organization as well as to avoid turnover whenever... READ MORE

Required California and Federal Labor Law Postings (effective January 1, 2022)

Every California employer is required to display current California and Federal Labor Law postings at each company facility; physically posted in conspicuous places in the workplace, such as break rooms or other common areas, where employees can easily read them. Remote Employees: In addition to physical postings at the company facility, employers with remote employees who work entirely from home, must mail hard copies of the required employment notices to the employees homes where they can be posted. If the remote workers periodically report to a physical location, notices must also be posted and visible in that location.  Employers have... READ MORE

New Employment Laws For California Employers in 2022

The Governor has signed into law several new pieces of legislation effective January 1, 2022.   Here are the changes that impact your business. Minimum Wage Increase in California Minimum wage for California workers of Employers with 26 or more employees will increase to $15.00 per hour.  For employers with 25 or fewer employees, minimum wage will be $14.00 per hour. Note that for the City of Los Angeles, minimum wage is $15.00 per hour regardless of the employer’s size. (Related Article: Be sure to read about required California and Federal Labor Law Postings and how it includes remote employees... READ MORE