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New California Commission Contract Rules – It is Not Too Early To Get Ready!

Employers with sales teams in California need to get ready. California has a new commission contract law, AB 1396, which takes effect January 1, 2013. Under AB 1396, which amends California Labor Code section 2751, employers who pay commissions to their employees are required to enter into written commission contracts with employees. The contract must … Continue Reading

Unemployed Status — The New Protected Class

All employers are familiar with race, gender, age, disability and many other protected classifications under the myriad of Federal and state fair employment practices acts. It now appears that there is a growing trend to add “unemployed” to that list. While unemployment rates appear to be on the decline, 8.3 percent of the population remains … Continue Reading

Governor Brown Signs Significant New Employment Laws

By Nick Schnermann & Gregg A. Fisch On October 9, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown finally addressed the bulk of the labor and employment-related bills passed by the California state legislature during the first half of the 2011-2012 session. Although Governor Brown vetoed several proposed bills on the stated ground that they potentially would harm … Continue Reading

New Case on Rules Governing Application of California Overtime Law to Non-California Residents

On June 30, 2011, the California Supreme Court handed down the decision in Sullivan v. Oracle Corporation, No. S170577 (June 30, 2011), tackling the issue of whether California wage law should apply to non-resident employees. By way of background, a class action settlement had eliminated all but a small portion of class claims concerning the … Continue Reading

The California Supreme Court Clarifies California’s “Kin Care” Law

In the recent case of McCarther v. Pacific Telesis Group, the California Supreme Court clarified the scope of California Labor Code § 233, California’s “kin care” law. California Labor Code § 233 generally requires any employer that allows its employees to “accrue” sick leave to allow those employees to use a portion of that sick leave to attend … Continue Reading

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board Amends Medical Services And First Aid Regulations To Extend Requirements To All Employers

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has voted to amend the Medical Services and First Aid Regulations set forth in the California Code of Regulations to require all employers to make provisions in advance to ensure that employees receive prompt medical treatment in the event that an employee is seriously injured or falls seriously … Continue Reading

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Employment Stimulus Action Plan

Faced with an $11.2 billion dollar budget shortfall, Governor Schwarzenegger announced a targeted employment stimulus package which is designed to generate new jobs, keep existing jobs and businesses in California, and lure others back to the state.  The Governor’s plan includes seven different proposals to reinvigorate California’s economy:… Continue Reading