Gender Neutral Restrooms – Is Your Business Affected?

Holly Clark   February 28, 2017

Restrooms across California are in for a big change starting March 1, 2017. The groundbreaking gender-neutral restroom law passed by Governor Brown late last year is finally going into effect, and time is up for California businesses to get their restroom signage in check. The new law requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or state or local government agency to be identified as […]


State Supreme Court Rules: Employees Must “Rest” in Peace

Adrian Hoppes   January 18, 2017

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Augustus et al. v ABM Security Services Inc., __Cal.4th__, 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. Dec. 22, 2016) clarifying employer obligations for rest periods (hereinafter “breaks”).  Review was granted by the Supreme Court to evaluate whether or not employee breaks are intended to be “off duty” within the same meaning generally used for meal periods, and whether or not remaining “on call” […]


What Does “Provide the Reasonable Opportunity to Take An Off-Duty Meal Period” Really Mean?

Micaela Neal   January 11, 2017

In a ground-breaking decision in 2012 the California Supreme Court ruled that while employers must provide employees with off-duty 30 minute meal periods, they need not ensure employees take such meal periods, and need not police meal periods to ensure no work is performed. Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (2012) 53 Cal.4th 1004. While the decision was a victory for employers, the court left open the question of what […]


New Minimum Wage

Adrian Hoppes   December 2, 2016

While you may still be celebrating the federal ruling that put a halt to the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, don’t let this good news take your focus away from other obligations that will arise on January 01, 2017. Effective January 01, 2017, California minimum wage will increase from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour for businesses employing 26 or more employees. If you have 25 employees or […]


Overtime Rule Halted by Texas Federal Judge

Katherine Piasente   November 23, 2016

A mere 10 days before the new federal overtime rules are set to take effect,  a federal judge out of Texas has put a halt to the Department of Labor’s  new overtime rule. Many employers were anxiously preparing for the new regulations, which would mandate as of December 1, 2016 that all employees classified as exempt earn a minimum of $47,476 annually; a significant jump from the previous federal threshold […]


Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Paystubs?

Micaela Neal   November 15, 2016

So many employers in California recognize that California labor laws are complicated, and understand their obligation to pay their employees timely and accurately, and to accompany such payment with a paystub.  Rather than process payroll internally, they decide to go the “safe route” and utilize a professional payroll service, such as Paychex or ADP.  Upon doing so, they have peace of mind, assuming that a professional payroll service will certainly […]


Impacts of Marijuana Legalization

Adrian Hoppes   November 9, 2016

As we are coming off this election high (or low depending upon your point of view), there is another type of “high” we must address, the legalization of marijuana in California under proposition 64. More specifically, what are the immediate impacts on employment rules? The short answer is there may be no impact at all. Marijuana has been legal in California for medical use for several years and there were […]


New Employment Laws for 2017

Admin   October 7, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law almost 900 of the bills passed by California’s extremely progressive Legislature in 2016.  This newsletter provides brief summaries of the new employment laws most likely to affect the clients of Holden Law Group. The laws described will be effective January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. Full copies of the laws can be viewed by clicking on the links provided.  Please contact us if […]