Category Archives: SRC E-Alerts

  • Special Edition – Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Guide – March 18, 2020

    Special Edition Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Guide March 18, 2020 Workplace Issues and COVID-19 As the 2019 Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic spreads across the world, it is vital that employers remain vigilant in monitoring the situation and staying informed of governmental orders and developments.  As the second of a series of informational e-alerts, Sacks Ricketts & Case, […]

  • Employment Law Update — March 13, 2020

    Employment Law Update — March 13, 2020 A CIRCUIT SPLIT ON WHETHER OBESITY IS A DISABILITY. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees with disabilities that can otherwise perform the essential functions of their jobs. The ADA defines a “disability” as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one […]

  • Special Edition – Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Guide

    Workplace Issues and COVID-19 For weeks, we have been bombarded with information about the 2019 Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) on a daily basis.  It’s in the news, on social media, and it’s the hot topic around the office.  While it is important to be informed, and there are a multitude of excellent resources available online, there is […]

  • Employment Law Update

    Employment Law Update – February 14, 2020 CALIFORNIA’S MANDATORY ARBITRATION BAN SUSPENDED. On January 31, 2020 a California federal court granted a preliminary injunction to enjoin enforcement of AB 51 – which purported to severely restrict the ability of employers to require employees to arbitrate most types of employment disputes – pending a decision by […]

  • Consumer and Employment Law Updates

    November 12, 2019 CONSUMER LEGISLATION AND CASE DEVELOPMENTS CALIFORNIA EXPANDS DATA-BREACH NOTIFICATION LAW: California’s security breach notification law requires businesses that incur data breaches involving “personal information” to notify the individuals affected and, where more than 500 California residents are notified, the California Attorney General.  Assembly Bill 1130, signed into law by Governor Newsom on […]

  • California Employment Law Update

    CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE October 22, 2019 In addition to several key new California laws summarized in our October 16, 2019 E-Alert, recapped below are several cases impacting California employers decided thus far in October. CLARIFYING MEAL AND REST PERIOD PENALTY CALCULATIONS:  On October 9, 2019, a California appellate court, in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood […]

  • Governor Newsom and the California Legislature Let Fly a Grand Slam of New Employment Laws for 2020

    Governor Newsom and the California Legislature Let Fly a Grand Slam of New Employment Laws for 2020 As the 2019 Legislative season ends, California employers will find it’s a whole new ballgame for 2020.  New laws passed by the legislature, and signed into law by Governor Newsom, will make it harder to establish independent contractor […]

  • California’s Crowning Achievement: California Becomes First State to Ban Natural Hairstyle-Based Discrimination

    California’s Crowning Achievement: California Becomes First State to Ban Natural Hairstyle Based Discrimination August 7, 2019 Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a novel anti-discrimination bill into law, making California the first state to ban natural hairstyle-based discrimination.  S.B. 188, also known as the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair, or “Crown […]

  • Use it or Lose it! Supreme Court Holds Employers Risk Waiving Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Defense When Not Timely Pled

    Use it or Lose it! Supreme Court Holds Employers Risk Waiving Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Defense When Not Timely Pled June 13, 2019 Most employers know that, generally, an employee must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or relevant state or local agency (Department of Fair Employment and Housing or […]

  • Courts May Not Compel Arbitration of Claims on a Classwide Basis Absent Parties’ Explicit Authorization

    May 1, 2019 Courts May Not Compel Arbitration of Claims on a Classwide Basis Absent Parties’ Explicit Authorization Authored by Amy Fisher, Esq. On April 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Lamps Plus, Inc., et al., v. Varela, 587 U.S. ___ (2019) (“Lamps Plus”) that a court may not compel class arbitration […]

  • Are Your Background Checking Disclosure and Authorization Forms Up to Date?

    March 28, 2019  All employers who use the services of a background checking agency to procure a background check report on an employment applicant should know that the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) requires that the applicant sign a written disclosure and an authorization before the report may be obtained.  Specifically, to ensure the […]

  • Here We Go Again: New Year, New Laws-California Employers Get Ready!

    Here We Go Again: New Year, New Laws-California Employers Get Ready! October 19, 2018 Every Fall California employers brace themselves for another onslaught of new employment laws going into the next calendar year. 2019 will be no exception.  To help prepare our clients and friends, we summarize below some of the more significant new developments […]