Unfortunately, this is no childhood bedtime story. An alternative title (with apologies to The Bard) could be “The Winter of our Discontent.” The unflappable Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has declared “it is inevitable that we will have a return of the virus” and that “how…

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Nearing the end of spring, tens of thousands of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and trainees are completing their studies and heading into the job market. Many of these individuals expected to prepare for and take professional licensing examinations (e.g., law, nursing, teaching, medicine). And many may have lined up job offers, and planned to…

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On September 11, 2019, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 5, a landmark employment bill that largely codifies the state Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court, which we blogged about here. Although the law has been criticized for numerous industry-specific exemptions, described below, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it…

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TOP 10  EMPLOYMENT LAW DEVELOPMENTS OF 2018: NO. 5 – EMPLOYEE-FRIENDLY OT CALCULATION FOR FLAT BONUS PAY REQUIRED Earlier this year, in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp., 4 Cal. 5th 542 (Cal. Mar. 5, 2018), the California Supreme Court considered how employers should calculate an hourly employee’s overtime rate of pay when the employee has…

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Last week, in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC, Case No. B269657, the California Court of Appeal decided that hourly employees that are exclusively compensated on a commission basis must also be separately paid for required rest periods. Under California law, employers must provide their non-exempt workers with paid ten-minute rest breaks for each four hours…

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