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Whether Continued Employment is Acceptance of an Arbitration Agreement?

When a California employer changes its policies to include mandatory arbitration, does an employee’s continued employment after notification that an agreement to arbitration is a condition of continued employment, maintain that the employee has impliedly consented to the arbitration agreement? In Diaz v. Sohnen Enterprises, this exact question arose. There, all employees of Sohnen Enterprises Read More

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Why Should I Care About The Dynamex Decision?

Many California business owners have used independent contractors in an effort to grow their businesses and keep cost down.  Many businesses have used independent contractor arrangements in an effort to “retire” an employee such that the former employee will provide consulting agreements. On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Dynamex Operations Read More

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Employees Must Be Paid for Work Off the Clock

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of California issued its ruling in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation, No. S234969, 2018 WL 3582702, which held that California employees must be paid for all hours worked “off the clock,” including small time periods, which is a deviation from the federal law’s employer-friendly “de minimis” rule. What Read More

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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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How to respond to a government audit of your employment records

You may have seen the recent headlines about Google – they successful fought a request by the federal government, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (“OFCCP”), for the contact information for 25,000 employees! The OFCCP audits federal government contractors to ensure compliance with federal discrimination laws.  As a federal government contractor, Google spent $500,000 (for Read More

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California Employers Must Pay Commissioned Employees for Rest Breaks

Earlier this year, a California Court of Appeals held in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC that an employer violated state law by not paying commissioned employees for their rest breaks. Under state law, employees must be provided with paid 10-minute rest breaks for every four hours of work, or fraction thereof. In Vaquero, the employer operated Read More

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Retail Giant Nike Not Immune to California’s Wage and Hour Laws

The most recent lawsuit brought against retail giant Nike proves that no company, no matter how big or small, is immune to California’s labor laws. This past week, Nike was handed a wage and hour lawsuit in California. A former employee is responsible for bringing the suit against the athletic-wear powerhouse. According to Omran Hamid, Read More

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What Changes to Expect to the California Labor Code in 2018

We are only into the first quarter of 2017, and already California’s lawmakers have proposed new legislation for business owners. As of right now, the laws are still in the making, and will no doubt undergo significant changes before 2018, but our employment attorneys at Garcia & Gurney, ALC feel that you should be aware Read More

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California Court of Appeals Reverses Original Decision Regarding Meal Period Waivers for Healthcare Workers

On October 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill confirming that hospital employees and other employees in the healthcare industry can continue to waive one of their two meal periods. Healthcare workers that work 12 or more hours in a given day are entitled to two meals, but they have an Read More

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Can You be Held Liable for an Independent Contractor’s On-the-Job Injuries?

Many business owners hire independent contractors because it reduces overhead costs and liability. At least, that is what many business owners believe. While it is true independent contractors are not eligible for workman’s compensation, they are not exempt from liability altogether. Classification of an Independent Contractor According to the IRS, there are three factors that Read More

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