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Hot off the Press – New Statewide Minimum Wage Increase Proposed On First Day of California Legislative Session

December 1, 2014 - 5:10 PM

By: Mark S. Spring

The action continues on the minimum wage front in December.  Earlier today, State Senator Mark Leno introduced a bill to accelerate the proposed increase to California’s statewide minimum wage.  Leno has been a strong proponent of an increased statewide minimum wage. Today was the first day of the California legislative session...
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Late November Wage and Hour Developments in California

December 1, 2014 - 11:30 AM

By: Mark S. Spring

In case you were too busy eating Turkey and/or watching football, we wanted to make sure you were aware of two wage and hour developments in California from last week: Premium Pay for Certain Holidays Being Proposed First, San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez announced that she is going to introduce a bill that guarantees...
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California Court Complicates Determination of Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims

October 29, 2014 - 11:20 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

A decision earlier this month by a California Court of Appeal in Dynamex v. Superior Court greatly (and unnecessarily) complicates the determination of whether an employee is an independent contractor or an employee, and in some instances makes it extremely difficult for an employer to defeat class certification of an independent contractor misclassification claim.  ...
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Sacramento Trial Court Holds That Sacramento Bee Newspaper Carriers Were Misclassified as Independent Contractors

October 8, 2014 - 9:05 AM

By: Mark S. Spring

On September 22, after a court trial before the Honorable Gerrit W. Wood of the Superior Court of Sacramento County, the court, in an unpublished opinion, found that a class of newspaper carriers working for the Sacramento Bee from 2005 through 2009 were improperly classified as independent contractors.  Utilizing the standards articulated by the California Supreme Court...
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California Enacts New Laws Attacking Arbitration and Arbitration Agreements

October 1, 2014 - 1:18 PM

By: Robin E. Largent

On the last day to sign or veto bills this legislative session, California’s Governor signed into law two bills clearly aimed at attacking and limiting arbitration and arbitration agreements in California.  The first, AB 2617, prohibits mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements in contracts for the provision of goods or services, to the extent an...
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New California Law Makes Companies Liable for Wage Violations of Contractors

September 29, 2014 - 11:12 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

Yesterday, California’s Governor signed AB 1897 into law, notwithstanding tremendous opposition from business and trade groups.  Under AB 1897, which takes effect January 1, 2015, a client employer will share civil legal responsibility and civil liability for all workers supplied by a labor contractor for the payment of wages and the failure to obtain valid workers...
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California Expands Mandated Sexual Harassment Training to Include Workplace Bullying

September 16, 2014 - 10:22 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

Since 2005, California has required employers with 50 or more employees to conduct sexual harassment training of supervisors within 6 months of assuming a supervisory position and biennially thereafter.  Last week, Governor Brown signed AB 2053 into law, expanding the mandated content of this training to include training on prevention of “abusive conduct.”  The statute...
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California Employers Must Provide Paid Sick Leave Starting Next Year

September 11, 2014 - 10:09 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

As expected, yesterday Governor Brown signed the paid sick leave bill (AB 1522) into law, making California the second state to mandate that employers provide paid sick leave to their employees (Connecticut was the first).  This means that starting in July 2015, California employers generally will have to provide their employees with at least 3...
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Robin E. Largent is a Partner in CDF’s Sacramento office and may be reached at 916.361.0991 or rlargent@cdflaborlaw.com BIO »

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