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Proposed California Employment Law: The Right to Disconnect

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Recently, California State Assemblymember Matt Haney—a Democrat representing San Francisco—introduced Assembly Bill 2751 (AB 2751) in the state legislature. The proposed legislation would create a “right to disconnect” in California. In other words, it would limit an employer’s ability to reach out to an employee regarding a workplace matter during off hours. Here, our… Read More »

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Conducting a Background Check of a Job Applicant in California? You Must Comply with the Federal and State Law

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

As an employer, you may consider conducting a background check on a job applicant. While it is permissible to do so, there are strict federal and state regulations that employers must follow. Employers that violate background check laws could face liability. Here, our California workplace solutions attorney for employers provides an overview of state… Read More »

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Grocery Store Owners in California Held Liable for Nearly $450,000 for Unpaid Overtime (A Lesson for Employers)

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On April 18, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the owners of three grocery stores in California were liable for nearly $450,000 in civil damages for overtime violations. Notably, the DOL imposed liquidated damages in this case—meaning the employer was hit with financial sanctions that were double the amount of wages originally… Read More »

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Proposed California State Senate Bill Seeks to Recognize “Intersectionality” Approach for Workplace Discrimination Claims

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

In February 2024, California State Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas introduced a bill that seeks to recognize “”intersectionality”” in the ‘state’s employment discrimination laws. Senate Bill 1137 (SB 1137) would introduce new language into the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) that would specify that the law “”includes discrimination not just because of one protected… Read More »

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Liberty Reserve Mortgage Faces Proposed Class Action Wage and Hour Law

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

As reported by HousingWire, Liberty Reverse Mortgage—a financial services company with a main office in Rancho Cordova, California—is facing a proposed class action wage and hour lawsuit from a group of employees. The workers contend that the company violated state regulations regarding meal breaks, rest breaks, and off-the-clock work. Here, our California wage and… Read More »

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Study: AB 5 May Have Reduced Total Employment in California

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

According to a recent study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5)—a California law that tightened rules for worker classification—may have contributed to a reduction in total employment in the state. Within this article our California employment lawyer provides an overview of AB 5 and highlights the… Read More »

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California Appellate Court Invalidates Employee Arbitration Clause on Grounds of Unconscionability

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On December 21, 2023, the Third Appellate District Court of the State of California invalidated an ’employee’s mandatory arbitration clause. In the case of Hasty v. American Automobile Association of Northern California, Nevada & Utah, the appellate court determined that enforcement of the workplace arbitration provision in question would be “”unconscionable”.” Here, our Riverside… Read More »

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California Law Now Requires Employers to Pay All Training and Testing Costs for “Food Handlers”

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On January 1, 2024, Senate Bill 476 (SB 476) officially took effect in California. The law makes employers in the state responsible for bearing all of the training and testing costs associated with “food handler” registration/licensure in California. Here, our Riverside County employment attorney provides a comprehensive overview of employer duties under SB 476…. Read More »

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California’s Unemployment Rate is Starting to Rise: Steps for Employers that Want to Defend a Claim

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On January 19, 2024, Courthouse News Service reported that California’s unemployment rate jumped to 5.1 percent—the highest level that it has been at more than two years. An employee who lost a job has the right to file for unemployment benefits. At the same time, an employer can challenge a claim. Within this article,… Read More »

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Can Employers Still Include Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements in California? (An Update for 2024)

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Several years ago, lawmakers in California moved to effectively ban mandatory arbitration provisions. After extensive litigation, that proposed law (AB 51) is effectively dead. As of 2024, employers can include a properly drafted mandatory arbitration clause in an employment contract in California. Here, our Riverside County employment lawyer explains the key things that businesses… Read More »

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