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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Last week, in the case of Bellagio LLC v. National Labor Relations Board, the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia determined that the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas did not interfere with a bellhop’s “Weingarten rights” under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Standing alone, this is an important decision for employers…

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