For lawyers who defend wage and hour cases in California, “PAGA” is a four-letter word. The Private Attorneys General Act allows private employees to sue to recover penalties that the state labor commissioner could have collected. Employers and their attorneys dislike PAGA for these reasons:

  • It drastically expands the ways that employers can be sued,

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Copyright: victorias / 123RF Stock Photo

We’ve been writing about California’s suitable seating requirements for over five years and are still waiting for a grown up in authority to tell us what the law means. But don’t feel bad for us. Feel bad for the thousands of California employers who

As people get ready to ring in 2016, the lawyers who represent employees in California have extra incentive to celebrate. That’s because California’s Fair Pay Act – the most demanding equal pay law in the country – takes effect January 1st.

We’ve written about this new law repeatedly.

  • After the bill passed the legislature in

We’ve written throughout the year about new employment laws that take effect in California in 2016. But as the year winds down, here’s a handy list of the most significant ones (with links to our earlier entries). Unless noted otherwise, the laws take effect on January 1, 2016.

  1. California’s Fair Pay Act (SB 358

I’ve written before about steps employers can take to prepare for California’s Fair Pay Act, which takes effect January 1, 2016. Nancy Yaffe and Sahara Pynes also prepared this Alert on the topic. Under the new law, men and women must receive equal pay for substantially similar work, even if they work in different

As we’ve discussed, while AB 1506 scales back certain PAGA claims, it doesn’t change what information must be included on every employee’s regular wage statement. Labor Code § 226 requires that each itemized wage statement include:

  1. Gross wages earned;

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    Copyright: andrewgenn / 123RF Stock Photo

  2. Total hours worked by

Governor Brown vetoed AB 465This bill would have disregarded federal law and banned mandatory agreements to arbitrate employment claims. In a veto message, he noted the lack of proof that arbitration was unfair to employees and the likelihood of the measure being struck down.

The governor also vetoed AB 1017, which

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1506, which is intended to lessen certain types of employer liability under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. PAGA allows private employees to sue to recover penalties that the state labor commissioner could have collected. It’s been a huge headache for employers. In addition to drastically expanding the

Are you worried about the threat posed by prior-salary-question-askers? Well then you can sleep soundly knowing that your California Legislature has tackled this thorny issue.

AB 1017, one of the bills sitting on the Governor’s desk from the last legislative session, would add language to the California Labor Code saying:

An employer shall not,