Entries by German Dixon

What Happens When COVID-19 Affects Your Ability To Meet Contractual Obligations

By Kamil Canale, Esq. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting companies and their ability to meet contractual obligations worldwide, and California is no exception. There are travel restrictions and supply issues. You may be having difficulties fulfilling orders because some of your workforce has become sick or your entire workforce been ordered home because your business […]

California Supreme Court Holds That Individual Employee Settlements Will Not Bar Employee’s PAGA Claims

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. Likely not a surprise to California employers, the California Supreme Court has once again ruled on the side of the employees in Kim v. Reins International California, Inc. On March 12, 2020, the Court held that even after an employee settles and dismisses their individual wage and hour claims, that […]

Guidance for Employers on the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. and Annette M. Barber, Esq. The emergency nature of recent COVID-19 related legislation has left many employers with questions. This update will focus on new guidance provided by state and federal governmental agencies regarding the use of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and San Francisco Paid Sick Leave. […]

Suspension of Cal-WARN Act Notice Requirements Provides Temporary Relief for California Employers

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. BY Annette M. Barber, Esq. With the State of California largely on shut-down due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many businesses are facing the harsh reality that significant changes to their business and workforce are necessary. Unfortunately, as employers consider their options, unanticipated furloughs and reductions in force (RIF) are amongst […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Preparedness

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. and Annette M. Barber, Esq. The outbreak of COVID-19 has multiple implications for today’s workplace, including the effect on business continuity, health and safety issues, leaves of absence, discrimination and travel. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been publishing information daily, but with constant social media […]

California’s Upcoming Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. On December 30, 2019, a federal court granted California employers a temporary reprieve from complying with AB 51 on January 1, 2020. AB 51 is the new law that would prohibit employers from requiring applicants and employees to enter into arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. But, employers may […]

New Year, New Decade, New Laws! 2020 Employment Law Update for California Employers

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. By Annette M. Barber, Esq. As we ring in a new year and a new decade, California employers will be faced with a number of important new laws. Following are some key employment laws that will take effect this coming year: Sexual Harassment Training (SB 530): Last year, California employers […]

Black Friday Thursday Safety

By James F. Saunders, Esq. Yes, what used to be the tradition of shopping at the crack of dawn on the Friday after Thanksgiving has given way to downing your Thanksgiving feast and rushing out to get a jump on Holiday Shopping. Many retailers are now kicking off the Holiday Shopping season with huge discounts […]