Labor & Employment

Unemployment Insurance Employers who conduct business in California with at least one employee and who pay wages in excess of $100 in a calendar quarter must register with the Employment Development Department (“EDD”) to fund the Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) Program.[1]  Employers pay a percentage on the first...

You may have noticed a new trend - a lot of potential employees are offering to work for free. There are many reasons cited for this trend: students are grappling with a noticeable shortage of summer jobs and are turning their attention to building their...

On July 5, 2010 the California Supreme Court unanimously eased the burden of proof for plaintiffs in age discrimination cases. In Reid v. Google, Inc., the plaintiff, a 54 year old engineer, claimed that he was terminated because of age discrimination. He cited Google's human...

Is the California Labor Commissioner closely scrutinizing companies’ compliance with overtime wage and hour laws? Recent comments by the California Labor Commissioner strongly suggest that the California department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is increasing its scrutiny of California employers. In...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") reported last week that in fiscal year 2010 it experienced a 7.2% increase in the volume of newly filed discrimination claims. Discrimination claims are ones in which employees claim that they have been treated unfairly because of their sex,...

The recent uptick in mergers and acquisitions has been widely reported in the press. While this is good news for companies looking for an exit and their counterparts looking to make an acquisition, California and federal employment laws and regulations create many risks for companies...

Section 409A has been in place since January 1, 2005, however we still often see employment agreements that do not comply with the rules. This article discusses five of the most common Section 409A errors that we see in employment agreements. Background Section 409A imposes restrictions on...

Employers take a risk when they classify someone performing services for them as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Because employers owe contractors far fewer obligations than employees, employers risk each of the following if a court determines that a misclassification occurred: - Unpaid overtime. -...

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