News & Updates

Paid Sick Leave: Mandatory Postings and Notices

As we’ve discussed before, California’s new “paid sick leave” law takes effect July 1st. The new law contains several traps for unwary employers. In addition to providing paid time off benefits, there are other important requirements:  W… Read More
Categories: Employment Law

New California Sick Leave Law Requires Employers’ Immediate Attention

Effective July 1, 2015, under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014; all California employers must provide their California employees with at least three days or 24 hours of paid sick leave per year. COVERED EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES  T… Read More
Categories: Employment Law

Are Employers Liable for Unknown Overtime? It Depends.

California’s overtime rules are very specific that employers shall be responsible for overtime compensation and define “hours worked” as “the time during which an employee is subject to the control of an employer, and includes all the time th… Read More
Categories: Employment Law

Important Update for California Employers

An August 12, 2014 decision by the California Court of Appeals requires all California employers to reimburse their California employees a reasonable percentage of the employees’ personal cell phone bills if the employees’ job duties require them… Read More
Categories: Employment Law

Arbitration Clauses in California Employment Contracts

Arbitration clauses in employment contracts have been something of a moving target over the past few years. However, the Court of Appeals recently in Sanchez v CarMaz Auto SuperStores California, LLC (2014 DJDAR 2654) gave further guidance, allowing… Read More
Categories: Employment Law

Notice Requirements Before Repairing Defective Construction

The recent case of KB Homes Greater Los Angeles Inc. v. Superior Court decided February 21, 2014, serves as a reminder that California’s Right to Repair Act (Civil Code section 895 et seq.) requires notice be given to a builder before repairs are m… Read More

Contractual Limitations on the Business Judgment Rule

A recent case, Scheenstra v. Califontia Dairies, Inc. (2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 370 found a board of directors exceeded their discretion when they adopted a quota program in breach of their contractual obligations to one of its members. The members ap… Read More
Categories: Corporate Law

Pool Owners Beware

If you own rental property with a swimming pool, the February 25 decision in Johnson v. Prasad, suggests caution.  In that case, the pool was constructed well before California’s Swimming Pool Safety Act took effect.  When the landlord purchased… Read More
Categories: Real Property

New Requirements for Employee Commission Agreements

If an employer enters into a contract for employment with an employee for services to be rendered in California that involved payment by commission, the contract must be in writing and must set forth the method by which the commissions will be comput… Read More
Categories: Labor Law

Foreclosure Tenants Get New Protections

For those clients purchasing additional rental properties through foreclosure, a January 23, 2014 ruling by the California Courts of Appeal, interprets the federal Protecting Tenants Against Foreclosure Act.  In a complex decision, the Court held th… Read More
Categories: Real Property