Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment yesterday heard and approved AB 5, The Opportunity to Work Act, as it continues to move through the legislative process.

iStock_000000642401_LargeThe Opportunity to Work Act, which would require employers to offer hours to part-time employees before hiring new employees or temporary workers, yesterday cleared its first hurdle in the
Continue Reading Legislature Finds More Opportunity to Work: AB 5 Moves Along

Readers interested in developments concerning California’s unique Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) may want to delve into a short thought piece (actually advice to the California Legislature) on a recently-proposed bill that would amend PAGA. To read that post, also available on Seyfarth’s Wage & Hour Litigation Blog, please click here or at the end of the synopsis.

Seyfarth Synopsis:
Continue Reading A Cautionary Comment on PAGA (or Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Getting Around) Legislative Intent

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit has suggested it might upset longstanding “on call” practices by making California employers liable for “reporting time” pay to employees who phone in ahead of their schedule, only to find that they are not needed for the day.

On October 5, 2016, a Ninth Circuit panel indicated
Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Poised to Say “Call Me, Maybe”

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to address prior salary consideration; imposing new restrictions on background checks and gig economy workers; and more. Small employers will be relieved the Governor vetoed expanded unpaid
Continue Reading 2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Legislature sent a number of employment bills to the Governor, including bills that would expand the Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and prohibit salary history inquiries; require overtime pay for agricultural workers, extend family leave protections to employees of small businesses, and much more!  We will update you on what received the Governor’s approval
Continue Reading 2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending new bills that have now passed their house of origin would (i) expand DLSE enforcement authority, (ii) impose advance scheduling requirements on restaurant, grocery, and retail employers, (iii) extend Fair Pay Act provisions to additional protected classes, (iv) require employers to disclose pay scales to applicants while prohibiting employers to ask about salary history, (v) forbid employers
Continue Reading 2016 Employment Bills Moving Through The CA Legislative Process

Last night — on the eve of the last day for the California Legislature to pass bills before interim recess in this 2013-2014 regular session — the Legislature sent to the Governor for signature AB 10, which, over time, will raise the minimum wage in California from $8.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour. 

The Governor has already publicly
Continue Reading Bill To Increase CA Minimum Wage Headed To Governor, Sure to Pass