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Employer Alert – Important 2013 California Bill Changes

The new California Bill changes effective January 1, 2013 definitely effects how we do business.  Such topics include: AB 2386 – which prohibits discrimination in employment based on breast feeding; AB 1964 – expands and clarifies the scope of religious protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act; AB 1844 restricts the use of social […]

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New 2014 California Laws That Affect Employers

By Brian Ewing All bills are effective January 1, 2014 unless otherwise stated. Wage & Hour AB 10 – raises the minimum wage. This bill raises the minimum wage to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016.  Please note that this change also indirectly affects employees […]

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Wage and Hour Law Threats to the Flat Rate System

Most, if not all, dealers perform repairs and maintain their customer’s cars either through some manufacturer warranty system or through customer direct pay. These dealers pay their mechanics on a flat rate system (also known as “flag” system). A flag rate is simply a pre-designated amount of time that a repair should normally take when performed under […]

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Brinker Decision by California Supreme Court Clarifies Meal and Rest Period Obligations

Dear Clients and Friends: Yesterday morning, the California Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in the case Brinker v. Superior Court (Hohnbaum), S166350.  The Brinker decision involved a class action against a number of restaurants operated by Brinker Restaurant Corporation, alleging that Brinker failed to provide meal and rest periods required by California law […]

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California Businesses Cannot Let Guard Down

Almost one year ago, the voters in this state elected Governor Jerry Brown to serve his THIRD term as Governor of California.  This was after his prior stint as Governor from 1975-1983 – a gap of almost thirty years between service.  Since his re-election, businesses have been on edge wondering what type of anti-business measures […]

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DOL ISSUES FINAL REGULATIONS REQUIRING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS TO POST “LABOR FRIENDLY” NOTICE

“The Department of Labor has issued Final Regulations implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13496.” Dear Clients & Friends: As you know we have a strategic relationship with the national employment law firm Constangy Brooks & Smith (CBS). We would like to share CBS’s most recent Client Bulletin surrounding the implementation of Executive Order 13496, which […]

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Victory in Sexual Harassment Trial

Congratulations to Al Landegger and Roxana Verano in obtaining a defense verdict in downtown Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of  a Johnny Rockets franchise that was accused of sexual harassment and constructive wrongful termination. A male employee accused his male supervisor of pulling down his pants in front of employees and customers on four occasions […]

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