Employment Defense


PAGA: It’s Audit Time

Sue M. Bendavid | Shareholder

July 17, 2024

Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 92 and Assembly Bill 2288 which amended the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The new legislation is effective immediately. The California legislature enacted PAGA 20

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CA Employers:  Noncompetes Voided, Notify Employees

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Nicholas Kanter | Shareholder

January 10, 2024

A new California law concerning employee noncompete agreements and clauses went into effect Jan. 1, 2024, and requires affected employers to take action by Feb. 14, 2024. The new law, codified at Business & Professions

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Hot Out of the Oven: Fast Food Council to Be Reinstated

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Matthew J. Soroky | Shareholder

September 19, 2023

Last year the California Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 257, with a declared purpose of improving the terms and conditions of employment of fast food workers who, according to the bill, “are the largest and fastest

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California to Invalidate Out of State Non-Compete Agreements

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Tal Burnovski Yeyni | Shareholder

September 13, 2023

A new California law (Senate Bill 699) expands a prohibition on non-compete agreements beyond state lines. Current law (Business and Professions Code Section 16600), provides that every contract that restrains anyone from engaging in a

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California Increases State Minimum Wage

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Joshua S. Stein | Associate

August 9, 2023

The State of California’s minimum wage is set to increase to $16 per hour (an increase of $0.50 from the current minimum wage of $15.50), on January 1, 2024. The state minimum wage will apply

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California Courts Weighing In re Employees and COVID-19

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Tal Burnovski Yeyni | Shareholder

July 28, 2023

California courts recently issued two guiding decisions relating to COVID-19: In Thai v. International Business Machines Corp., 2023 Cal. App. LEXIS 526, the Court of Appeal held that a government mandate to work from home

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California Local Wages Increase July 2023

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Ian (Aspen) Ferber-Paxson | Associate

June 29, 2023

As the June Gloom finally burns off and temperatures begin to rise, a number of cities across the state are set to increase their minimum wage effective July 1, 2023. In Southern California: In the

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