Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1, COVID Developments, and Other Mid-Year Employment Law Updates

California employers should be aware of a number of major developments in the employment laws applicable to the second half of 2022, including: Minimum Wage Increases While the CA state minimum wage has adjusted annually on January 1 the last several years, many CA cities and counties increase their minimum wage each July.  Below is a list of some of the cities that will see

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California Court of Appeal Declines to Order Parties to Arbitration Where Employees’ Dispute Fell Outside Scope of Arbitration Agreement

In yet another appellate decision precluding arbitration of employment claims, Elijahjuan v. Superior Ct., CaseNo. BC441598 (Filed Oct. 17, 2012), the California Court of Appeal reiterated that while “California law, like federal law, favors enforcement of valid arbitration agreements,” the Court will not order parties to arbitration where the underlying dispute is not expressly encompassed by the parties’ Arbitration Agreement.  (Slip Op. at 4.) In this case,

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California Court of Appeal Denies Employer’s Motion to Compel Arbitration Where Employee Did Not Sign Arbitration Agreement (Although She Led Her Employer to Believe She Did)

In Gorlach v. The Sports Club Co., Case No. B233672 (2nd Dist. Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 16, 2012), the California Court of Appeal denied the defendants’ motion to compel arbitration, finding that there was no evidence that the plaintiff agreed to be bound by the company’s arbitration provision. In this case, the plaintiff, Susan Gorlach, had worked for Sports Club as the company’s human resources director. 

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