Alert: An Employer’s Guide to Suitable Seating Compliance

By Julie Ann Giammona Most of California’s Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders require that employees “shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” In 2016, for the first time, the California Supreme Court interpreted the IWC requirements to mean that employers must provide seats if any tasks at a

ALERT: SENATE BILL 331: SILENCED NO MORE

By Julie Ann Giammona Commencing January 1, 2019, California  employers were prevented from including provisions in severance agreements that prohibited an employee from disclosing facts about workplace harassment and discrimination based on gender.  Effective January 1, 2022, Senate Bill 331(SB 331), expands such prohibition to include the disclosure of facts related to claims of harassment or discrimination on the basis

SB-1383’S IMPACT ON BUSINESSES

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 1383, expanding the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”). Under the original CFRA, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide 12 weeks of job-protected leave in any 12-month work period to employees who need time off to care for a family member.

COVID-19 UPDATE: CALIFORNIA AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT POLICY CHANGES

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione As we head into the fall season, government policies regarding management of the pandemic have changed. Here are the updates that could impact businesses: FEDERAL Payroll Tax Holiday: On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order allowing businesses to defer payment of payroll tax obligations from September 1, 2020 through

CALIFORNIA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION WINS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION IN AB-5 LAWSUIT

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione On January 16, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California granted the California Trucking Association (CTA) a preliminary injunction enjoining the state from enforcing AB-5 to motor carriers operating in California. AB-5 codifies the ABC test in the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision. Under this law, with

MGA Ruling Guides On Time Limits For Trade Secret Claims

by Stephen Moses On Oct. 29, the California Court of Appeal’s Second Appellate District, Division Eight, issued an opinion in MGA Entertainment Inc. v. Mattel Inc., upholding the trial court’s dismissal of MGA’s trade secret misappropriation claims against Mattel over the irreverent Bratz dolls made by MGA.[1]  MGA appealed the judgment of Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, who granted

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Declared Illegal for Claims Arising Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Labor Code

by Michelle R. Ferber and Julie Ann Giammona Beginning January 1, 2020, California employers will be prohibited from requiring an employee or a job applicant to execute a mandatory arbitration agreement that waives a worker’s right to file a civil action in court for alleged violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), and/or the Labor Code.  FEHA

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW SALARY THRESHOLD FOR WHITE COLLAR EXEMPTIONS

by Michelle R. Ferber and Julie Ann Giammona Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated salary overtime exemption rule, replacing the controversial Obama administration rule. Effective January 1, 2020, the new minimum salary threshold for workers to qualify as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) “white collar” exemption is $35,308 per year. The prior

FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DETERMINES CALIFORNIA TRUCKERS ARE EXEMPT FROM MEAL PERIOD AND REST BREAK REQUIREMENTS

by Michelle R. Ferber and Julie Ann Giammona On December 21, 2018, in a victory for the American Trucking Association (ATA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an Agency regulated by the Department of Transportation, granted the ATA petition to exempt commercial motor vehicle drivers covered by the FMCSA’s hours of service regulations from California meal period and rest