Posts from August 2014.
08.29.2014

In Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC., the California Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether a franchisor, such as Domino’s Pizza, LLC., can be held vicariously liable for claims of alleged sexual harassment by an employee of a franchisee, such as an individually owned Domino’s Pizza store.  The court framed the issue as follows:  “Does a franchisor stand in an employment or agency relationship with the franchisee and its employees for purposes of holding it vicariously liable for workplace injuries allegedly inflicted by one employee of a franchisee while supervising another employee of the franchisee?”  The court held a franchisor is not vicariously liable for claims of alleged workplace torts by employees of a franchisee unless. . . .

08.25.2014

On August 15, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1034 (“SB 1034”), which, effective January 1, 2015, repeals the 60-day waiting period limit imposed on certain health insurance plans in California.  2012 legislation, Assembly Bill 1083 (“AB 1083”), imposed a 60-day waiting period limit effective in 2014, which conflicted with the federal Affordable Care Act’s ...

08.15.2014

The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) took effect August 13, 2014.  The Ordinance limits use of criminal conviction information in hiring and employment in a trend informally referred to as “Ban the Box” legislation.

The Ordinance (San Francisco Policy Code, Article 49 and Administrative Code, Article 12) (the "Ordinance") mostly builds upon existing California law, making ...

08.07.2014

On July 14, 2014, the California Supreme Court ruled that commission payments made in one pay period may not be used in another pay period to satisfy minimum payment requirements under the California commissioned employee exemption.  Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc. (California Supreme Court).

Susan Peabody, an account executive who sold advertising for Time Warner’s cable television channels, filed ...

08.01.2014

On July 21, 2014, a California appellate court ordered a real estate agent of a brokerage firm to arbitrate his claim that he was improperly classified as an independent contractor and not an employee.  Galen v. Redfin Corporation. The court held that the Scott Galen’s claims for unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest periods, inaccurate and untimely wage statements, waiting time penalties, and ...

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