Effective Minimum WageJuly 1, the minimum wage jumps up yet again in localities throughout California. The minimum wage hikes come in the midst of a pandemic and one of the most difficult economic periods in decades when many employers are already struggling.

The July 1 increase will elevate the minimum wage to $15 per hour for

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a massive component of California’s economy is and has been agriculture and food service, including farming, canning, processing, and of course, restaurants.  Given the size and scope of these industries in and across California, on April 16, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-51-20, expanding employee protections for Food

Written by Sharon Shaoulian

California’s music industry finally came to an agreement with lawmakers on pending amendments to California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).  The amendments would provide relief to professionals in the music industry, including recording artists, musicians, composers, songwriters and vocalists, amending the prior language in AB5 that created hurdles for self-employed

If you were hoping that AB-5 (the CA statute codifying the ABC standard into widespread law) would be held invalid, enjoined, or would just fall off a cliff, it is time to face reality.  AB-5 is alive and well, and effective January 1, 2020.  That means any California employer who still relies on independent contractors

Our Labor & Employment team has been busy this fall! As loyal readers, your inboxes have been filled with our updates on all the changes to California employment laws.  This legislative session ended on October 14th, so we thought it would be helpful to recap the changes you should have on your radars.   These new

In Salazar v. McDonald’s Corp., the plaintiff argued that McDonald’s, a franchisor of fast food restaurants, was liable for wage and hour violations as a “joint employer” of its franchisees’ employees.  Last week, a panel of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument.

The court relied on the California Supreme Court’s

In a departure from decisions in recent years, the California high court has finally imposed some limits on the otherwise expansive reach of the Private Attorneys General Act, Labor Code § 2698, et seq. (“PAGA”). The legislation from 2002 allows one “aggrieved” employee to bring a representative action on behalf of all employees to collect