My December routine is pretty predictable…sitting by the fire with my favorite holiday season beverage and my laptop fully charged to update employment handbooks and forms for the new year.  As an employment law policy and counseling specialist, I’m working on handbook number seven so far this month and thought I would share some of

With briefs due next week, we anxiously await the California Supreme Court’s review of the de minimis doctrine.  Under the doctrine, employers are not obligated to pay employees for small increments of off-the-clock time spent preparing for or ending a shift, provided such time amounted to approximately 10 minutes or less of work.

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There’s a new twist in the ongoing soap-opera like saga surrounding the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance.  The Hotel Associations that opposed the Ordinance have now dropped their two-year law suit to stop it.

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As we reported here and here, the Ordinance had an effective date of July 1, 2015 for

Last week, Nancy Yaffe and I hosted approximately 30 Human Resources professionals in the hospitality industry in our Century City office for a working group discussion on the challenges of the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance.

The hoteliers and restaurateurs who participated each had their own operational and financial challenges, but

Every morning, while enjoying my Starbucks and settling in to the day, I take a peek at the labor & employment dailies to see what’s happening in the exciting world of employment law…Clearly, I need to get out more, but I digress. This morning, my jaw dropped at the verdict, settlement and demand numbers published. 

Since its launch earlier this month, the Pokémon GO app has become the #1 downloaded app and the most searched term on Google.  With as many as 25 million users in the U.S. alone, it has become a bigger distraction than Twitter or Facebook and Forbes says 70% of users admit to playing at work.

Remember the good old days when you knew the minimum wage off the top of your head?!  Even for us employment attorneys, those days are gone (or maybe I’m just getting old). Now, even finding the proper minimum wage on the internet has gotten complicated, with different requirements in different cities scattered throughout the state!