On December 18, 2019, Hirschfeld Kraemer attorneys Kirstin Muller, Alison Hamer, Benjamin Treger, and China Westfall presented a one-hour webinar, “California Employment Laws 2020: Your Survival Guide.” The webinar provided a comprehensive overview of what employers need to know in order to stay in compliance in 2020. 2019 was a remarkable year in California employment law. Sacramento lawmakers…

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2019 California Legislative Update For Employers It’s been a busy session for the California Legislature, passing multiple employment-related bills that Governor Newsom has signed or that are awaiting his signature. The Governor has until October 13 to sign the pending bills. Below is a topline summary of important bills, some of which will or could…

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On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela issued the latest in what has become a burgeoning series of impactful rulings related to arbitration agreements in the employment realm: Epic Systems v. Lewis (May 21, 2018) – upholding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements (which we…

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR 2019 In many ways, 2018 was a bellwether year for California employment law, seeing major changes in the laws pertaining to sexual harassment, independent contractors, and a whole host of other issues. Does 2019 hold as many big surprises in store? The short answer: probably not, but…

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TOP 10 EMPLOYMENT LAW DEVELOPMENTS OF 2018: NO. 2: ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS GAIN STRENGTH — A POWERFUL DEFENSE AGAINST CLASS ACTIONS Background Contractual arbitration is essentially private court; it is an agreement by the parties to submit disputes to binding arbitration before a neutral arbitrator (often a retired judge), rather than to pursue such claims in…

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