A “Sweet” Victory For Employers: California Court Approves Employer “Rounding” Policies

Many California employers utilize a “rounding” system with regard to employee time records.  Federal law has long authorized such a practice, which California’s own Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), in turn, has adopted.  But despite this clear trend and widespread practice, no California court has squarely addressed the issue whether “rounding” is permissible under state […]

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Costa Mesa City Council Passes COIN, A Transparency Law Aimed To Shine A Light On City Negotiations With Public Employee Unions

In September 2012, the Costa Mesa City council unanimously passed the Civic Openness in Meetings ordinance, or COIN for short.  Council member Steve Mensinger, COIN’s proponent, touts it as a transparency ordinance for labor negotiations that will bring negotiations with public employee unions that usually take place behind closed doors into the public light, and will […]

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Last-Minute Flurry Of Activity By Governor Means Big Changes For California Employers

Over the past two weeks, facing a legislative deadline, Governor Brown has signed several new laws affecting California employers.  Businesses should become familiar with these changes and take all actions necessary — including amending their policies and procedures — to ensure compliance. Breastfeeding Discrimination (AB 2386):  California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) protects a wide range […]

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Future Of Municipal Outsourcing Still Up In The Air Following Court Of Appeal Decision On Costa Mesa

On September 13, 2012, the Court of Appeal published its decision in Costa Mesa City Employees’ Association v. City of Costa Mesa, Case No. G045730.  The case addresses whether the city of Costa Mesa can outsource various city services to save money, but it will have implications that reach far beyond the boundaries of the […]

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New Law Bars California Employers From Asking Employees For Social Media Passwords

Beginning last year, a number of news stories appeared across the country regarding businesses requiring employees, as well as potential job seekers, to hand over their personal passwords to social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.  The purpose of these employer demands were transparent:  to monitor the activities of current employees and to screen prospective new employees.  […]

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Update On SB1186 And “Drive By” ADA Lawsuits

Updating our recent post on ADA lawsuits by “drive by” plaintiffs, California Assemblyman Don Wagner discusses ADA abuse: Again, if you have any questions or need any additional information on the ADA, please contact Shawn Larsen (949) 769-6601, or Greg Woodard (949) 769-6602.

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Businesses Make Their Last Pitch To Stave Off Impacts Of California Global Warming Bill

Representatives from several businesses appeared before the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) on September 20, 2012, to voice their concerns over the impending implementation of AB32, California’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions law.  Although CARB was not voting or taking significant action, these representatives and California business owners showed up to voice their concerns for the last time […]

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California SB1186: An End To “Drive By” ADA Lawsuits?

The California business community has long fought to bring what it considers to be some modicum of fairness to state and federal disability access laws.  According to one statistic reported by California Citizens against Lawsuit Abuse, approximately 42 percent of all lawsuits in the United States brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) […]

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