Thai v. Int’l Bus. Machines Corp: Court of Appeal Rules Employers Must Reimburse Employees for Work from Home Expenses

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…

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AB1949: California Bereavement Leave

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…

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SB 497: The New 90-Day Presumption For Employees in Retaliation Claims

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…

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Understanding California’s Overtime Exemptions (2024)

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…

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Do I Need a Lawyer for the Labor Board?

I had a wage claim trial with the labor commissioners office. After waiting 2 years for the trial the trial officer allowed evidence at the very end of the Behrman hearing. I was a bit taken off guard and didn’t present rebuttal evidence. The trial officer seemed angry already and was closing the hearing. She…

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California Workers Get 5 Paid Sick Days Per Year Starting 2024

In 2023, California passed a law (Senate Bill 616) that grants employees 5 paid sick days each year. SB616 amends Labor Code Section 246, which had previously provided for only 3 paid sick days. The new law, effective 1/1/24, resulted from extended negotiations between various interest groups and represents a compromise from the original proposal…

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