On October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 496, which, along with two other new laws (SB 666 and AB 263), expands protections for whistleblowers in California by significantly altering California Labor Code Section 1102.5, California’s general whistleblower statute. The amendments are effective January 1, 2014.
In Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a proposed class of 1.5 million women who claimed they were discriminated against in separate hiring and promotion decisions by different managers throughout the nation
Roundup of Recently Enacted Privacy Legislation in California; Some Measures Will Become Effective On January 1, 2014
The California legislature has enacted a flurry of privacy-related laws over the past few months. Still more bills are pending.
Comment Periods Open On California’s New Fracking Regulations and Scope of Statewide Environmental Impact Reviews
In the face of mounting public pressure to address the potential perils of hydraulic fracturing, California has embarked upon a multi-faceted program to strengthen its oil and gas regulations, perform comprehensive environmental studies, and increase public disclosure.
In 1991, Sega introduced the video character Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic became insanely popular, spawning several generations of videogames that are still being designed and sold today, comic books, and even a short-lived television show.
California recently passed a law updating its breach notification requirements and making it the first state to expand the definition of personal information to expressly include login credentials for online accounts.
Under recently signed legislation (AB 10) the minimum wage in California will increase on July 1, 2014 from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour; and will increase again on January 1, 2016 to $10.00 per hour.
You don’t need a ton of HR or employment law experience to know that we do things a bit differently in the Golden State. Here are some of the ways that complying with Federal employment laws actually violates California law:
The California Supreme Court Tackles the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Concepcion – Still Finds Wiggle Room for California Courts, but Holds Administrative Wage Claims Are Arbitrable
The enforceability of employment-related arbitration agreements has been a hot-button issue these past couple of years. The latest fight, federal vs. California law, has just played out in the California Supreme Court’s very recent (and lengthy) decision in Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, (“Sonic II”) where the Court addressed the enforceability of arbitration agreements under California law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion (“Concepcion”). So did the California Supreme Court give the U.S. Supreme Court the “thumbs-up”? – well, kind of.