It’s likely that you are reading this blog post from a chair. Little did you know that the humble office chair could be the latest rock star in the world of pseudo-class actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA. The right to sit in a chair while working has been in the…

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Category: Class Actions,

Hanging in my office is a Dilbert cartoon wherein a boss announces to his subordinates that, happily, they would not be replaced by robots. Unhappily, he would be replaced by a robot, bringing his unfortunate subordinates suffering “the world hasn’t seen since slavery was legal.” In an apparent bid to outdo Dilbert’s employer, Amazon has…

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Seeking another route to reverse a key decision of the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”), the current Board has proposed a new administrative rule for determining whether an entity is a “joint employer.” The key to this new test is that an entity controls the “essential terms and conditions” of an…

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Category: NLRB,

September is the most common birth month in the United States, making August a common time for HR professionals to be preparing for maternity leaves and other issues surrounding pregnant employees. Here are ten practical tips every California employer should know when supporting their pregnant employees: No Stereotyping: Pregnancy is a protected characteristic under California’s…

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In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court has just rejected the applicability of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “de minimis” doctrine to California wage and hour law, in Troester v. Starbucks. Troester was an hourly Starbucks employee who claimed unpaid wages for performing store-closing tasks after clocking out. These tasks included transmitting daily sales, profit and…

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Category: Wage-Hour,