Entries by German Dixon

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 […]

Halloween and California’s Law of the Dead

By Robert A. Crook, Esq. Halloween is fast approaching. This is the time when hordes of children—some dressed as ghosts, goblins and skeletons—go door-to-door in search of treats. Which makes this an appropriate time to ponder an unsettling question: What are the laws that regulate the possession and disposition of human remains? Surprisingly, the question […]

Simple as “ABC,” Assembly Bill 5 Becomes Law in California

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), the bill that aims to codify the ruling set forth in the 2018 California Superior Court case, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court of Los Angeles . Introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez in January 2019, AB5 will […]

Employers: Is Your Grooming Policy Discriminatory?

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. By Annette M. Barber, Esq. On July 3, 2019, California became the first state to ban discrimination against natural hair, including afros, braids, twists, and dreadlocks. Introduced by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, Senate Bill 188 (SB 188) aims to “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair” (the CROWN […]

California Pool Parties: Dangerously Fun

By Anastasia Markie, Esq. It’s August and temperatures are soaring. If you have a backyard swimming pool, the summer heat usually means one thing: BBQs and pool parties! Stock up on refreshing beverages…prepare the grill…get plenty of guacamole. Then invite your friends and family to come on over and let the good times roll! Unfortunately, […]

California City & County Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1, 2019

Along with the rise in temperatures, so goes the minimum wage for many California employees. Although the state minimum wage remains $11.00 per hour for small employers (25 or fewer employees) and $12.00 per hour for large employers (26 or more employees), as of July 1, 2019, several California cities and counties increased their minimum […]