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,

Currently, California Labor Code § 1197.5 requires that men and women working at the same location receive equal pay for equal work. But according to an all-but-enacted amendment to that statute, men and women must receive equal pay for substantially similar work, regardless of whether they work at the same location.

Controversial stuff?

Companies have a lot to lose if they misclassify employees as independent contractors. The affected workers can sue (individually or as a class) for any number of wage and hour violations. Employers can also get in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, the Employment Development Department, the US Department of Labor, the Division

Yesterday, in Robert M. Mallano v. John Chiang et al., the court certified a class of 1,600 active state court judges and 1,800 retired judges and pension beneficiaries. The judges claim that the state has unlawfully withheld wage increases, which in turn affect pension benefits. The fact that the state court judge who heard