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    Scott Dauscher is Chair of the firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group. He also serves as Chair of the firm’s Class Action Defense Group, managing AALRR’s extensive class action practice and its team of ...

In Joana David v. Queen of the Valley Medical Center (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 653, the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s ruling granting summary judgment in favor of an employer in a wage and hour litigation bought by a former employee on the basis that the employer’s policies and procedures were legally compliant on their face and in practice. 

In Fleming Distribution Co. v. Younan (Cal. Ct. App., May 15, 2020, No. A157038) 2020 WL 2511680, the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District held that an employer waived its right to compel arbitration of a dispute with a former employee over unpaid commissions by delaying the filing of a motion to compel arbitration and actively participating in an administrative proceeding before the Labor Commissioner.

Employer Obligations In The Event Of Closures Due to California Wildfires and Power Outages

Natural disasters are something that many don’t think about until it’s too late, particularly in the context of their business obligations, but as extreme winds, wildfires, and power outages continue to pick up in California, employers should consider what obligations exist as to their employees and employment law.

Ninth Circuit Voids “No Re-Hire” Provision in Settlement Agreement Between Employer and Former Employee

In Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group, et al., a divided Ninth Circuit panel held that a settlement agreement between a doctor and his former employer violated Cal. Prof. & Bus. Code § 16600 because a “no re-hire” provision of the agreement placed a “restraint of a substantial character” on the doctor’s medical practice.

On July 25, 2016, the judge in Nisei Farmers League v. California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, et al., (Case No. 16 CECG 02107) denied Nisei Farmers League’s motion for preliminary injunction.  Accordingly, the temporary restraining order against the enforcement of the filing deadline to participate in the AB 1513 (codified as Labor Code section 226.2) “safe harbor” expired.  The deadline ...

On June 30, 2016, the judge in Fresno Superior Court presiding over the Nisei Farmers League v. California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, et al., (Case No. 16 CECG 02107) issued a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of the July 1st filing deadline of the “safe harbor” provisions of Labor Code section 226.2 (the piece rate law).  The Nisei Farmers League filed for preliminary ...

In 2012, Legislature enacted Labor Code section 3701.9 providing that “(a) A certificate of consent to self-insure shall not be issued after January 1, 2013, to any of the following. (1) a professional employer organization (“PEO”).  (2) A leasing employer [“LE”] …. (3) A temporary services employer [“TSE”],” and providing that “A certificate of consent to self-insure that has been ...

On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which will require California employers to provide to nearly all employees — exempt and non-exempt — paid sick days effective July 1, 2015.

The Basics: With limited exceptions, beginning July 1, 2015, every employee, whether exempt or non-exempt, who is employed in California for 30 days or more ...

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. . . .

As we previously reported, most employers in California are subject to the workplace seating requirements contained in the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders, which regulate wages, hours, and working conditions in specified industries and as to specified occupations. Wage Orders 1-13 and 15 all contain the following seating requirements:

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