Employers walk a fine line when it comes to employee discipline: they must enforce their rules while also protecting employee rights. Target seems to have missed the mark recently—a lawsuit alleges an employee committed suicide after his public shaming that was part of discipline following an accusation against him of theft. To help employers stay on track, apply this discipline checklist in every situation. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on labor and employment law issues, and the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California.
The California legislature has enacted several new laws that will affect every employer and employment lawyer in 2015. Here’s an overview of some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading
For many employees, their cell phones are always close at hand, whether at work or in their personal life. But what if the employer requires employees to use their personal cell phones for work-related activities? Then we have a work/personal hybrid situation, and determining what part the employer should reimburse as a work expense becomes tricky. A California court of appeal recently waded into this issue, but not far enough. Continue reading
Volunteers and for-profit businesses shouldn’t be served together. That lesson has proved to be fatal for a small California winery. Continue reading
When sued by a former employee for wrongful termination, many employers feel that the best defense is a strong offense and want to attack back with a cross-complaint. But is this a good game plan? Continue reading