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May 7, 2024
On April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor ("DOL") announced a final rule that raises the salary thresholds for specific overtime exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The new rule affects employees who qualify under the federal rule’s executive, administrative, and professional exemptions (there is some nuance here, but we can skip that for now).
April 30, 2024
On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) finalized a rule that bans virtually all non-competition agreements between a business and their “workers” (more about what a “worker” is below). The new rule would prohibit businesses from restricting a worker’s ability to work for competitor following the worker’s separation from the business.  
April 23, 2024
The Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (the “PWFA”) became effective on June 27, 2023, which mandates that employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations for known limitations associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
April 18, 2024
Employment law litigation serves as both a safeguard and a teacher in the realm of workplace dynamics. It not only addresses grievances but also offers invaluable lessons for employers and employees alike. From discrimination and harassment claims to wrongful termination claims, each case brings forth insights that can shape organizational policies and practices. Here, we delve into some key lessons gleaned from employment law litigation, highlighting their significance and implications.
April 16, 2024
On March 25, 2024, the California Supreme Court ruled that an employee's time spent waiting in the employee’s personal vehicle on their employer's premises while undergoing an employer-mandated exit procedure by a security guard, is considered compensable "hours worked" under Wage Order No. 16, section 2(J).
April 11, 2024
Performance reviews are an indispensable tool in the arsenal of every responsible employer. They serve as a mechanism to provide feedback, set goals, and evaluate employee progress. However, navigating the legal complexities surrounding performance reviews requires a thorough understanding of employment laws and best practices. In this article, we summarize the keys to conducting employee performance reviews effectively from a legal standpoint.
April 9, 2024
Assembly Bill 2751 was recently introduced to the California State Assembly and proposes to add a Section 1198.2 to the Labor Code that would prevent employers from contacting employees outside of working hours, with limited exceptions.
April 5, 2024
Discrimination claims are rising. Just recently another national department store, Dillard’s Inc., settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $70,000.00.
April 2, 2024
On February 16, 2024, the California State Senate introduced Senate Bill 1345 (“SB 1345”), which would make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to take an adverse action against an applicant based on his or her criminal history.  SB 1345 is currently pending review by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
March 26, 2024
On March 18, 2024, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration finally released a comprehensive model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan tailored for non-healthcare employers.