New Court Decision Could Mean the End of Independent Contractors | Young Wooldridge, LLP

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, making it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors (rather than employees). The previous standard used for classifying workers as employees or independent contractors had been in place since the 1980’s and was [...]

Time to Revisit Employee Rest Period Policies

The California Labor Commissioner’s office recently updated its fact sheet on employee rest periods to clarify that an employer cannot require employees to stay on the work premises during their rest breaks. Employers have commonly required employees to remain on the premises during rest breaks. However, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, [...]

2018 Employment Law Update | Part Three

  HARASSMENT M.F. v. Pacific Pearl Hotel Mgmt. LLC, 2017 WL 4831603 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017) M.F., a housekeeping employee who worked for a hotel, alleged she had been raped while working on the employer's premises by a drunk, nonemployee trespasser whom the employer knew or should have known was on the premises, and who [...]

2018 Employment Law Update | Part Two

CASE LAW UPDATE WAGE AND HOUR Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc. 865 F.3d 1261 (9th Cir. 2017) In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows: 1. A day of rest is guaranteed for each workweek. Periods of more [...]

2018 Employment Law Update | Part One

As we welcome a new year, business owners and employers should also be prepared to welcome a number of significant new laws that could affect whether or not their business is in compliance with California State Law. This legislative update will address new labor laws and changes to existing laws that that could impact California [...]

Employers Must Beware of the Duty to Accommodate | Employment and Labor Law

Employment and Labor Law | The Court of Appeal upheld a Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s conclusion that the City of Los Angeles violated the Fair Employment Housing Act (F.E.H.A). Atkins v. City of Los Angeles. The decision, awarded 5 recruit officers who sustained various injuries while training in the police academy over $12 million- including [...]

Kern Business Journal Executive Profile: Jerry Pearson

Jerry Pearson is a managing partner and business attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP, whose practice focuses on handling labor and employment matters on behalf of California businesses and keeping his clients in compliance with the California state labor code. This executive profile was originally published in the February/March 2017 Issue of Kern Business Journal. Name: [...]

2017 Employment Law Update│Part 2

To learn more about the new and amended labor laws that could impact California businesses in 2017 and what changes to start preparing for, read Part One of our 2017 Employment Law Update here >>> Part Two of our 2017 Employment Law Update highlights the cases that set new precedents in the field of employment law [...]

2017 Employment Law Update│Part 1

A new year often means new laws and changes to existing labor laws, making it an important time of year for California business owners and employers. 2017 is no different, with many of these changes going into effect as of January 1, 2017. These new requirements can impact whether or not your business remains in [...]