Must 100% of Service Charges Be Distributed to Service Employees? A June 27, 2019 California appellate court decision, O’Grady v. Merchant Exchange Productions, Inc., which recently was certified for publication, has unsettled the area of law regarding service charges and gratuities in the hospitality industry. Except where regulated by a contrary local ordinance such as…

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Overview The California Consumer Privacy Act (the CCPA), effective January 1, 2020, defines sweeping new privacy rights for California residents—including the right to know what personal information businesses are collecting, how the information is used, and the right to request that the information be deleted—and in turn, places significant new responsibilities on businesses. The CCPA…

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On October 17, 2019, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP’s John Baum, Dan Handman, and Derek Ishikawa presented an informative 60-minute webinar about California’s new Independent Contractor Law, A.B. 5., passed on September 18, 2019. The webinar provided a comprehensive overview of the new law to help companies learn how to navigate the sweeping changes that are coming…

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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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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the salary threshold for employees to be considered exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As the first increase in 15 years, employees will now need to earn $684 per week ($35,568 annually) – up from $455 per week ($23,660 annually). Though this change…

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