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    California employers may need to adjust the way they handle keeping track of their workers’ meal breaks, thanks to a new ruling by the California Supreme Court. The ruling, issued Feb. 25, goes back to a 2014 case filed as a class action suit by Kennedy Donohue against her employer AMN Services, LLC, a...

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    Though some parts of California already have a minimum wage that’s approximately double the national minimum wage, workers everywhere may soon be making $15 per hour if President Joe Biden has his way.  The president has proposed a $15-per-hour national minimum wage — a far stretch from the current federal minimum wage of $7.25...

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    The idea of a national paid leave program is not a new one, but it’s an idea that’s picking up traction again in the days of COVID-19.  The pandemic has highlighted the need for legal protections for families who need time off from work for things like health issues, pregnancies and more.  U.S. Senator...

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    Over the last 5 to 10 years, many companies have started using arbitration agreements with a class action waiver to preclude employees from joining together in lawsuits for unpaid hours, wages or other terms of employment. Employers often utilize arbitration agreements with class action waivers because arbitrations are not held in court, but rather...

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    In a victory for employees, the California Supreme Court held in Sonic-Calabasas v. Moreno (Sonic II) that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt California rules of unconscionability, meaning that employees can still seek to invalidate forced arbitration agreements that are unreasonably harsh or one-sided. The issue facing the court in Sonic II...

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    Now that the summer is in full swing, vacation is a topic that is near and dear to all of us. Unfortunately for some, an employer in California is not legally required to provide its employees with either paid or unpaid vacation time. Fortunately, many employers do provide paid vacation benefits to their employees....

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    CALIFORNIA — A man who joined a class-action lawsuit against Williams Sonoma when the company allegedly failed to provide all wages due to California employees lost his recent appeal on a separate case — as he had already signed a release that invalidated his second attempt to collect pay from the company, California’s second appellate court...

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    California is serious when it comes to ensuring employees in the Golden State are paid fairly, given their breaks and get overtime when earned. This month, the Labor Commissioner’s Office found a major restaurant chain is responsible for a slew of workplace violations involving sub-contracted employees — meaning employees that aren’t even hired by...

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    You spent months, perhaps years, developing your vision for your business. Now, you are ready to put that vision into action. Starting a small business can be a difficult task involving many important decisions. There are also multiple laws that business owners must follow to ensure their businesses are legally sound. That is why...

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