California Labor & Employment Law Blog

Base Salaries for Exempt Employees - A Refresher Course

March 29, 2007 - 5:39 PM

The recent increase in the California minimum wage to $7.50 per hour currently, and another raise to $8.00 per hour on January 1, 2008, raised the minimum salary requirements for California's exempt executive, administrative and professional employees who must meet minimum salary requirements (in addition to a duties test) that are tied to the state minimum wage. These...
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Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership

March 27, 2007 - 9:36 AM

Posted by Ursula KubalJones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership, 147 Cal. App. 4th 475 (2007)The totality of circumstances must be considered in determining whether an adverse action has been taken against a plaintiff in retaliation and discrimination cases. Plaintiff employee sued under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"), for sexual orientation discrimination by...
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Attitude Problem? Deal with it!

March 7, 2007 - 8:35 AM

Guest Post by Joe Jotkowitz How many of us have had employees that could have been described as "having an attitude problem?" How many of us work with people with an attitude problem? Heck, how many of us have an attitude? However, to coach someone on her attitude is usually ineffective and increases the level...
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The Buck Stops There: California Employees May Not Transfer Their Standing as Class Representatives to Third Parties

March 6, 2007 - 4:49 PM

The Second District of the California Court of Appeal recently handed a significant defeat to a California union by barring it from acting as class representative in a lawsuit seeking to enforce employee claims under the Labor Code. In Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1756 v. Superior Court, the Union had persuaded a number of its members...
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Cal-OSHA and Key Occupational Safety Requirements in California

February 22, 2007 - 2:53 PM

Ensuring health and safety in the workplace is California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's primary goal (Cal-OSHA). In order to achieve this goal, Cal-OSHA has certain powers including the ability to conduct random inspections, issue citations, and assess penalties against an employer it finds has jeopardized the health and safety of the workplace....
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Nancy Berner of CDF To Appear on “Your Legal Rights” Radio Program

February 21, 2007 - 9:01 AM

Nancy Berner will appear on the PBS radio program "Your Legal Rights" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., February 21, to discuss the implications of San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Law on employers throughout the state. The show is broadcast live in the Bay Area at 91.7 FM, KALW, and online at It is rebroadcast...
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California Comes to Texas: Pressing Issues in Managing the California Workforce - Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX

February 16, 2007 - 10:05 AM

On March 27, 2007, join experienced California-based employment law specialists from Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP for a complimentary seminar addressing the most pressing issues facing Texas-based companies with California employees. The event will take place at The Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. Registration is from 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will run from 3:00 p...
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Oral Arguments Set In Murphy v. Kenneth Cole

February 8, 2007 - 12:36 PM

The California Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Murphy v. Kenneth Cole Productions to take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 1:30 p.m., in San Francisco. The Supreme Court's ruling will (hopefully) settle the issue about whether Labor Code AASUNsect; 226.7 penalties for meal and rest break violations are subject to a three year or...
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