Tag: Los Angeles


Bay Area Hosts 3 of Nation’s 6 Hardest-Working Cities, So, Congratulations

I am reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, in which Yuval Noah Harari posits, among other things, that the “Agricultural Revolution,” which created the first stable, large civilized communities, was a disaster, with the successful farmer working much longer and harder than her nomadic hunter-gatherer tribal ancestors, a day spent running through woods replaced by plowing, […]


Employer’s Past Practices Can Actually Expand Liability for Failure to Accommodate

In this case involving police recruits who were injured during training at the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Police Academy, the court confirmed that an employee may not be a qualified individual for purposes of a discrimination claim but may be a qualified individual for purposes of a failure-to-accommodate claim. The case also illustrates how an employer’s past practices can affect the scope of its duties to disabled employees under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Paid Sick Leave Comes to Los Angeles

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles, California city council voted in favor of a proposed ordinance that would provide 6 days of paid sick leave per year to Los Angeles employees. The City Attorney has been given several weeks to draft an ordinance.

Arbitration: California Truck Drivers Compelled to Arbitrate Wage Claims

By Michael Futterman, J.D. and Jaime Touchstone, J.D. Performance Team Freight Systems is a motor carrier company involved in warehousing, shipping, and distributing merchandise from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to locations throughout California. Performance Team retained truck drivers as “independent contractors” to transport goods. From 2012 to 2014, a number of […]

Ask the Expert: We Want to Change our Meal Reimbursement Policy

We’re considering changing our meals reimbursement policy from reimbursement of actual costs to a standard meal allowance for out of state travel. The objective is to make the expense fully deductible to the employer for tax purposes. What is the best way to go about this and are there any specific concerns? What (if any) […]

California Truck Drivers Compelled to Arbitrate

A group of truck drivers filed wage claims with the California labor commissioner against a transportation company. The transportation company petitioned to compel arbitration based on agreements it had with each trucker.