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Labor and Employment Law
Aug 06 | Labor and Employment Law
While the California Labor Code specifies that an off-duty meal period must consist of at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the employee is relieved of all duties, the duration requirement for an on-duty meal period has been less clear—until now.
Insurance Coverage
2018 | Insurance Coverage
Insurance companies can no longer breach the duty to defend believing that, as long as they act in good faith, their potential liability is capped at policy limits or any costs incurred by the insured in mounting a defense.
Business Litigation
Jan 03 | Business Litigation
Read about challenges presented by third party discovery in arbitration and strategies for obtaining such discovery efficiently and expeditiously.
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 18 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 5 (“AB5”), controversial legislation which will have a substantial impact on California employers when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 09 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On August 29, 2019, the California Supreme Court held in OTO, L.L.C. v. Kho, S244630, that a mandatory arbitration agreement may be unenforceable against employee wage claims if it requires the employee to forego the “Berman” hearing process and adhere to procedures that are more similar to civil litigation.
Article, Labor and Employment Law
Aug 16 | Article, Labor and Employment Law
On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor issued an Opinion Letter explaining that employees may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to attend a meeting discussing their child’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”).
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Aug 06 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
While the California Labor Code specifies that an off-duty meal period must consist of at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the employee is relieved of all duties, the duration requirement for an on-duty meal period has been less clear—until now.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jul 24 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l, No. 17-16096, held that the California Supreme Court's landmark decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, 4 Cal. 5th 903 (2018), applies retroactively.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Jul 15 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month's key California employment law cases involve payment of wages, workplace conditions, public employment issues, and civil procedure.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 24 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The California Court of Appeal has affirmed a complete victory by Safeway Inc. over a certified class of wage-and-hour plaintiffs. Esparza v. Safeway Inc., et al., B287927 (Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. BC369766, June 10, 2019). The published opinion reinforces three major points for defending against California wage-and-hour class actions.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 15 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month's key California employment law cases involve EEOC charges, disability discrimination, and meal breaks.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
May 15 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month's key California employment law cases involve the Dynamex case and the effect of prior administrative hearing on a civil lawsuit.

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