Currently Browsing:employment law

California Independent Contractor Test Applies Retroactively

In what is deemed to be a big blow to companies, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that California’s Independent Contractor Test, which was established in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court last April, should be applied retroactively. This means that the “ABC” test, which makes it difficult for businesses to classify their workers

Read More

$300 Unpaid Wage Claim Results In Additional $57,000 Award To Employee

There’s no such thing as a “small wage claim.” In the case of Stratton v. Beck (2018) 30 Cal.App.5th 901, the employee filed a claim against his employer for unpaid wages in the amount of $303.55. After the hearing, the labor commissioner awarded the employee $303.50 plus $5,757.46 in liquidated damages, interest, and statutory penalties for

Read More

Does your employer require you to call in before your shifts?

California law  requires an employer to pay “reporting time pay.” When an “employee is required to report for work and does report, but is not put to work or is furnished less than half said employee’s usual or scheduled day’s work, the employee shall be paid for half the usual or scheduled day’s work, but in

Read More

Being a Salaried Employee Does Not Define Whether You’re Entitled to Overtime Pay

Did you know that being a salaried employee does not automatically exempt you from overtime compensation? In order to qualify as an exempt employee (i.e. exempt from overtime, meal and rest breaks, etc.), also known as the “white collar” exemption, a variety of factors must be satisfied. One of those factors requires that the employee earn a

Read More

New 2019 Laws Affecting Employees

California’s employment laws are always evolving and being updated. Below is a list of new employment-related laws that became effective as of January 1, 2019. Copy of Payroll Records (SB 1252) – Existing law already requires that employees have a right to inspect or copy their payroll records and that they must be allowed to do

Read More