New Anti-Discrimination Rules Will Protect Undocumented Immigrants

June 27, 2018

The Department of Fair Education and Housing, which is charged with the enforcement of California’s primary workplace anti-discrimination law, is rolling out new regulations set to take effect on July 1, 2018. Most significant is the protections afforded to undocumented immigrants, which are part of a broader effort to make California a sanctuary state. Read More

Out of Office: Paid and Unpaid Leaves of Absence

March 23, 2018

California law is particularly generous when it comes to employees taking leave. There are several, distinct types of leave that employees in need can use.[1] Everyone should be aware, however, that taking leave is one thing, but paid leave is another. Many types of leave are unpaid. Lots of employees also need to use their […] Read More

Google Anti-Diversity Memo Employee Has No Case

August 17, 2017

Editor’s Note As San Francisco Bay Area wrongful termination attorneys, we often get queries from the public as to the limits on wrongful termination in employment. The recent controversy at Google over former employee James Damore and his “screed” on gender issues at Google brings up an interesting question. What is the potential for a […] Read More

Protecting Your Job When You Get Sick

July 19, 2017

When employees get sick or hurt and need to take time off, employers may try to fire them. However, state and federal lawmakers have passed statutes to help employees keep their jobs when they get sick, and get back to work once they feel better. Who is Protected? Under the federal Family and Medical Leave […] Read More

Do you need extended time off from work?

March 15, 2017

You have probably noticed that life has a way of throwing you curve balls, and sometimes you need extra time away from your job to deal with the unexpected. You can get just that under the California Family Rights Act, which allows a total of 12 work weeks of paid or unpaid leave, as long […] Read More

The Case for Mandatory EPLI Coverage in California

January 18, 2015

As long as judgments have included economic damages, there have been judgment proof defendants. In personal injury law, for example, this problem has been addressed by the concept of mandatory coverage for those who participate in the activities that typically give rise to such claims. From car and homeowners insurance to workers compensation programs, these […] Read More

Governor Brown Signs Bill Protecting Subcontracted Workers By Creating Joint Liability For “Client Employers”

September 30, 2014

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897, which imposes new joint liability for companies whose labor subcontractors violate wage and workplace safety laws. The bill was hotly contested. While labor groups are calling it a major victory for California workers, business groups argue that the bill is a “job killer” that […] Read More

California Supreme Court’s Joint Employer Ruling Doesn’t Really Threaten NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision

September 18, 2014

Last month, the California Supreme Court issued its 4-3 decision in Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, wherein it held that, under the specific circumstances of that case, the Domino’s franchisor could not be held liable as a joint employer for the sexual harassment committed by its franchisee. Given the recent debate sparked by the NLRB’s […] Read More

National Labor Relations Board’s “Joint Employer” Decision A Potential Boon To Employee Rights

August 28, 2014

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an administrative decision that, if untouched by the courts, will force corporate employers to take a greater interest in the labor practices of their franchisees. Following a number of complaints submitted to the NLRB by several McDonald’s employees, the Office of the General Counsel stated that […] Read More

California Supreme Court Allows Employee Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

August 7, 2014

Earlier this summer, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the matter of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, ___ Cal.4th ___, No. S204032 (June 23, 2014), wherein an employer was seeking to enforce a collective action ban contained in its arbitration agreement. In opposition to CLS Transportation’s attempt to enforce the waiver, […] Read More