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On September 30th, 2018, the last day to sign or veto bills, Governor Jerry Brown altered the landscape for California employers in a number of significant ways. Here are some of the more noteworthy new laws taking effect in January 2019 that employers should anticipate and prepare for: Lactation Accommodation (AB 1976):  Under current state law...
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We live in a world where the Internet gives a “lone voice in the public square a megaphone large enough to be heard in the most remote corners of the planet.” Hassell v. Bird (2018) 5 Cal.5th 522, 566. And this loudest of “megaphones” broadcasts the speaker’s message repeatedly—often for years—and sometimes forever. As with any technology,...
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On July 26, 2018,  the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Douglas Troester v. Starbucks Corp, refusing to hold that the well-established de minimis doctrine applies under California law.  The de minimis doctrine is a principle of law that has long been endorsed and applied by federal and California state courts and California’s Division...
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This morning the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in three consolidated cases pending before it on the issue of whether a class action waiver provision in an employment arbitration agreement violates the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and is therefore unenforceable. (NLRB v. Murphy Oil Co.; Epic Systems Corp. v Lewis;...
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In a ground breaking decision, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, Cal., No. S222732 (April 30, 2018), the California Supreme Court adopted a new legal standard that will make it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors, drastically altering the labor and employment law landscape across the state.  The decision will directly...
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As we ring in the New Year, Governor Jerry Brown has signed various employment related bills from the 2013 legislative session.  The session produced quite a few new laws that will affect California employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2014.  Most of the new laws take effect on January 1, 2014.  Some of the new...
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“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson found himself out of a job last week – at least for the time being – when he was indefinitely suspended from the hit A&E reality show after making several anti-gay remarks in a GQ interview.  Furor has grown over Robertson’s suspension, with the family breaking its silence to say...
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