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In a notable decision from July 11, 2023, the California Court of Appeal held that employees are entitled to reimbursement by their employers for work-from-home expenses such as internet service, phone service and computer equipment incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thai v. Int’l Bus. Machines Corp. (2023) 93 Cal. App. 5th 364, review denied…

As of 1/1/23, bereavement leave became mandatory in California for certain employers. According to Assembly Bill 1949 (AB1949), which was signed into law by Governor Newsom on 9/29/22, private and public employers in California with 5 or more employees are required to provide up to 5 days of bereavement leave to eligible employees. This leave…

Introduction California’s Senate Bill 497, known as the Equal Pay and Anti-Retaliation Protection Act, represents a major shift in the legal framework for employees in retaliation claims. Signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on 10/8/23, it goes into effect on 1/1/24, amending Labor Code Sections 98.6, 1102.5, and 1197.5 to simplify and strengthen the…

Introduction Navigating the complexities of employment law can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding overtime exemptions. In California, certain workers are exempted from being paid overtime or getting meal or rest breaks. Understanding these exemptions is critical for employees to ensure they are being improperly misclassified. This blog post delves into the key…

A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court has resolved a contentious issue in labor law: the authority of trial courts to dismiss claims under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) on manageability grounds. Background: Diverging Opinions Among Courts There was a split in the Courts of Appeal regarding whether trial courts could…

Introduction Navigating a wage claim in California can be a complex and daunting process for workers. While the California labor board offers a streamlined venue for workers to file wage claims without the need of a lawyer, actually winning the claim and obtaining a recovery can be a different story. Many times, employers will choose…