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New Employment Laws in the Works in California

The State Assembly recently passed six new bills that further protect employees’ rights in the state of California. Below is a summary of those bills AB-51 aims at outlawing arbitration in employment contracts. This bill is likely preempted by federal law (the Federal Arbitration Act) despite its declared intent not to invalidate agreements that are otherwise enforceable

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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

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$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

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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

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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

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