Tag: California

California: No Combined Rest Breaks for the Weary

By Emily A. Mertes and Katharine Essick, Sedgwick LLP Since the California Supreme Court’s seminal meal and rest break decision Brinker v. Superior Court in 2012, employers have wrestled with whether, in their particular circumstances, it would be impractical to provide their employees with two separate rest breaks before and after a meal period during […]

Disabilities: California Court Goes ‘Where No One Has Gone Before’

By Cathleen S. Yonahara, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP A California Court of Appeal has found that an employer may be liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for failing to accommodate a nondisabled employee’s request to modify his work schedule to care for a disabled family member. The court’s interpretation of […]

California HR Trends for 2017—Don’t Get Burned!

It’s practically impossible to try and cover everything that will change in California for both 2016 and 2017. So many midyear and other upcoming changes make it a difficult year. Why? Because it’s California, of course! Jonathan A. Siegel, partner at Jackson Lewis P.C., feels the pain of HR pros.

California Employer Alert: Overtime Regulations May Impact ‘Gap’ Employees

By BLR Editor Kate McGovern Tornone In its new overtime regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has more than doubled its salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) white-collar overtime exemptions. This causes a rare circumstance in which federal law provides employees with more protections than California law. California has its own […]

California Is #1 for Telecommuting

After analyzing the job posting activity of over 40,000 companies in its database, FlexJobs has identified the top 10 states where companies recruited the most state-based telecommuters in 2015. For the second year in a row, California, Texas, and New York lead the states with the highest number of telecommuting job postings.

ERISA’s Impact on Data Breach Lawsuits

By Sandra R. Mihok, member, Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law Health insurance companies have increasingly become the target of cyberattacks, a trend which has spurred a wave of class action lawsuits brought by individuals whose personal information has been breached.

A Case of Mistaken Disability Costs California Employer

By Katharine Essick, JD, Sedgwick LLP A recent California decision provides employers with a useful review of the complex landscape of disability discrimination and identifies a number of signposts for the unwary. The most important lesson from this case, however, is that when an employer evaluates an employee’s disability, the legal consequences of a factual mistake—even an […]

Effort to push California minimum wage to $15 reported

Most California employers will see the state’s minimum wage reach $15 an hour by 2022 if reports of a deal in the state legislature materialize as expected. Reports in the Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee on March 27 tell of a tentative deal between state lawmakers and union leaders that would phase in […]