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Labor & Employment New rules limit use of independent contractors, creating significant liabilities and penalties for California employers

On September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB 5) into law, regarding the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. The new law will have far-reaching effects with respect to employee classification, tax ramifications, and corporate structuring. On the most basic level, the law will affect employer costs with […]

Labor & Employment U.S. Supreme Court Rules Class Action Waivers Enforceable in Employment Arbitration Agreements

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion regarding the use of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. In a significant victory for employers, the Court ruled that such class action waivers are enforceable and can be used to compel employees to resolve employment-related claims through individual arbitration proceedings. The decision, Epic Systems […]

Labor & Employment California Labor & Employment Law Update: Key Changes in 2017 and What’s Slated For 2018

The legal landscape for California employers continues to evolve at the state and local level – ranging from prohibitions on inquiries into an applicant’s salary and conviction history, additional sexual harassment training requirements, to new immigration obligations.  The following is a high-level summary of the most significant changes in state and local labor and employment […]

Labor & Employment Criminal Histories Inquiries: California Fair Employment and Housing Act

A relatively long-established boundary on the subject of job interviews is the criminal history of job applicants. Five years ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission set forth its enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions. In a nutshell, the EEOC guidance asserts that an employer’s use of an […]

Labor & Employment CLIENT ALERT: 2017 Criminal Background Laws

More and more employers in California are becoming subject to legal restrictions on the use of criminal history information when making employment decisions. The City of San Francisco passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which became effective in August 2014, prohibiting employers with at least twenty (20) employees from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history […]