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Employers Can (in Certain Situations) Legally Impose On-Premises Meal Periods

Since Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, California employers have taken great strides in ensuring its employees are provided their daily meal and rest breaks and some California employers have learned the hard way that failure to provide such breaks can expose them to costly penalties and damages. A win for employers came recently when Read More

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Bad Leases and Terrible Landlords: How to Play Hardball

All business, big and small, have had to negotiate a commercial lease at some point in time.  While most encounters are uneventful, some businesses are faced with unreasonable landlords that impose draconian lease terms and carry a “take it or leave it” attitude.  Here are some helpful tips to negotiating unreasonable lease terms: Know the Read More

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OSHA and Post-Accident Drug Testing

California employers who require drug and alcohol testing following a workplace accident should revaluate their policies in light of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) final ruling on employer’s electronic reporting of workplace injuries.  81 Fed. Reg. 29624. OSHA now requires all employers to establish “a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries Read More

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Revisiting Your Vacation Policy

Many California employers use a standard vacation policy in their employer handbook and give it nothing more than a cursory glance before making it official. However, doing this could land you in hot water. California’s vacation policy rules are very different than other states. So if you grabbed a sample online, it will likely not Read More

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