The Fair Pay Act (codified at Labor Code § 1197.5) has been in effect in California for almost six months.
Grand Jury Finds Oakland City Council Member Broke Ethics Rules in Interfering with a Housing Development Next Door to Her Home
In a final report issued June 21, 2016, the Alameda County Grand Jury found that an Oakland City Council member used her position and office to advocate for private gain, and not the good of the City, in interfering with the planning process for a small housing development next door to her home.
Next week Los Angeles employers need to comply with new minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements.
Appeals Court Finds Wal-Mart EIR Deficient and Overturns Development Approval Due to Inadequate Map Act Findings
Cities and counties across the state have revised their general plan policies to address the interrelated issues of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption by new commercial and residential development, often in proactive and innovative ways.
California Supreme Court Holds That Brandt Fees Awarded Post-Trial by a Court Must Be Included in Denominator of Punitive/Compensatory Ratio
On June 9, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Co., holding that so-called Brandt fees should be treated as compensatory damages when calculating the ratio of punitive to compensatory damages even when they are awarded by the trial court after the jury has returned its punitive damages award.
In the past two weeks, we’ve reviewed the geographical sources of the California Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets between 2005 and 2009.
Vested Rights Conferred Under Local Ordinance Trump Conditional Use Permit Requirement Later Imposed by Emergency Ordinance
On June 23, 2016, in Stewart Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Oakland, __ Cal.App.4th __ (2016) (Case No. A143417), the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District issued an important decision dealing with whether a new legislative enactment may constitutionally deprive a landowner of a vested right conferred by local ordinance.
In an Alert published on Thursday, we examine the new Los Angeles paid sick leave ordinance: Employers in the City of Los Angeles have one week to implement policies that comply with the new paid sick leave ordinance, which goes into effect on July 1, 2016 and doubles the current state law requirements.
Is the glass half full (of perks) or half empty (with liabilities) for employers who serve alcohol in the workplace?
The Ninth Circuit has held that the National Indian Gaming Commission’s approval of a tribal gaming ordinance does not require review under the National Environmental Policy Act because there is an irreconcilable conflict between NEPA and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.