On May 30, the California Assembly passed AB 10, a bill that would increase California’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $9.25 in three separate increments over the next three years. Thereafter, the bill would require the minimum wage to adjust annually for inflation.
New Lawsuit Challenges the California Supreme Court’s Original Jurisdiction Over Power Plant Siting Cases
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and Center for Biological Diversity (Center) filed suit on May 29, 2013 to challenge the constitutionality of a provision of California law that requires appeal directly to the California Supreme Court of any decision on a thermal power plant license by the California Energy Commission.
California Federal Court Finds Healthcare IT Worker Exempt from Overtime Pay Under Computer Professional Exemption
Changes in technology and technology-related jobs occur at warp-speed; the law, however, moves slowly. For this reason, regulations regarding exempt status of workers are sometimes drafted with broad language to capture future changes in duties and positions not in existence at the time the regulations are implemented.
Out of 26 CEQA bills introduced early this year, eight have met the Legislature’s May 31 deadline to move from the state Senate to the Assembly or vice versa, and therefore are still considered viable.
The California State Legislature has been busy this week amending and voting on bills relating to hydraulic fracturing. The biggest move was yesterday’s Senate vote to pass SB 4, sending the bill to the Assembly.
In American Way Cellular, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, issued May 30, 2013, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reaffirmed that insurers are not obligated to investigate and verify the accuracy of insurance application representations.
On May 29, 2013 a Senate floor vote of a unanimous 39 ayes passed Senator Darrell Steinberg’s (D-Sacramento) bill, Senate Bill No. 731 (SB 731), outlining revisions to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
On May 10, 2013, the California Court of Appeals in Faulkinbury v. Boyd & Associates reversed its denial of class certification as to meal period and rest period violations in light of the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court.
California Supreme Court Publishes Another Opinion Limiting Pool of Defendants Available to Plaintiffs in California Asbestos Litigation
The California Supreme Court recently resolved conflicting opinions from state appellate intermediary courts on the subject of whether, or under what circumstances, a plaintiff may sue a dissolved out of State corporation in California.
The California Public Utilities Commission has adopted Decision 13-05-034, approving PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E’s joint standard contract for California’s expanded feed-in tariff (FiT) program.