DOL’s Proposal for Exempt Employees Doesn’t Meet CA’s Standard

The following is a guest blog post by Richard J. Simmons of Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles. He represents employers in various labor and employment matters.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a new salary standard for exempt employees under the federal wage and hour law. But it falls below California’s standard. Continue reading

7 Things to Include in a Grievance Policy

An internal grievance procedure can be an effective tool for preventing wrongful termination lawsuits. Most employers have some form of grievance procedure in place, but few are used by employees and, when used, they’re often ineffective. Try including some or all of the following elements for an internal grievance policy that will actually work. Continue reading

15 Provisions to Include in an Independent Contractor Agreement

Hiring an independent contractor? Make sure to have a contract that will increase the defensibility of the independent contractor relationship—because if you can’t defend it, you will pay dearlyContinue reading

Checklist to Ensure Compliance with Disability Discrimination Laws

Every employer should have a program in place to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The following checklist of steps for employers to take could, at a minimum, constitute such a program. Continue reading

Limits on Reinstatement After Employee Leave

When an employee’s leave is over, is there always a right to be reinstated? Short answer: Usually. But there are notable limits on reinstatement. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyers

Were you able to keep track of the new legislative changes that affect California employers and employment lawyers? Don’t worry, we did and here are some of the key statutory changes you need to know about.  Continue reading

It’s Bonus Time! Here’s What Employers Need to Know

employee bonusThe end of the year equals bonus time for some employees. When it comes to bonuses, employers have a lot of discretion and few legal requirements, but there are some things to consider. Continue reading

What Not to Do When Terminating an Employee

Employers can substantially minimize the risk of wrongful termination litigation by ensuring that employees are treated fairly in the termination process. Here are the mistakes most often made by employers in the termination process and what to do instead. Continue reading

Can an Employer Prohibit Moonlighting?

It’s common for employees to have more than one job or have a gig on the side. It’s also common for employers to dislike “moonlighting” by employees because of possible conflicts of interest or problems arising from conflicting work schedules or demands on the employee. But what can employers actually do about moonlighting? Continue reading

Employees Must Get Time Off to Vote

Long lines for voting may be the norm this year, making it even more important that employees get enough time off to vote.  Continue reading