New Year, New Employment Laws for California Employers

The California Legislature, local city councils, and other lawmakers have been busy over the last several months passing a number of laws that will impact the employment landscape.  Below is an overview of some of the key changes to be aware of as we head into 2017: 1.  New I-9 Form:  By January 21, 2017, employers must start using a new I-9 form prepared by the U.S.

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New CA Case Holds That Employer Should Have Accommodated Employee’s Scheduling Needs So That He Could Care For His Disabled Son

Does an employer need to reasonably accommodate an employee’s shift scheduling requirements to enable the employee to tend to the medical needs of his son?  The court in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 2 Cal. App. 5th 1028 (Aug. 29, 2016), answered that question “yes.” In this case, the plaintiff had informed his manager upon hire that he had daily obligations at home related to

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U.S. Dept. of Labor Increases Minimum Salary Requirement for Certain Exempt Employees Effective December 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has published its Final Rule increasing the minimum salary that must be paid to employees classified as exempt under the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to no less than $913 per week ($47,476 per year) effective December 1, 2016.  This is significantly higher than the $41,600 minimum annual salary ($800 per week) currently required by California law for an employee to retain

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New Law Effective July 1, 2016 Increases Annual Paid Sick Days For Many Employees Working Within the City of LA to 48 Hours Per Year

As we blogged about here, on July 1, 2015, most California employers became legally obligated to provide their employees up to 3 days or 24 hours (whichever is greater) of paid sick leave per year pursuant to the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act.  The City of Los Angeles has now enacted its own ordinance increasing the amount of paid sick leave that must be made available

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New ‘Defend Trade Secrets Act’ Requires Employers Seeking to Protect Their Trade Secrets to Update NDAs and Confidentiality Agreements

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) signed by President Obama today creates a new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and enables employers to obtain injunctive relief and monetary damages in federal court to prevent the misappropriation of their trade secrets and obtain compensation for financial harms stemming from trade secret misappropriation.  The law goes into effect immediately and imposes important obligations on employers seeking to

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California Passes Law Increasing the Minimum Wage

A new law increasing California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour applies to all businesses with employees in California – and not just to those employing minimum wage workers.  The law, available here, implements a phased approach to increasing the statewide minimum wage and distinguishes between employers with 26 or more employees and employers with 25 or fewer employees, giving these smaller employers one additional year to

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