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April 1, 2010

Exceptions to the Minimum Wage For Organized Camps in California

Organized camps enjoy special rules in California that allow them to pay some employees less than minimum wage. However, the rules are also confusing and, in some instances, contradictory.

April 1, 2010

Prevailing Wage Classifications

Are you about to bid on a prevailing wage project? Are you in the middle of one? What rates should you pay your workers? Is it just a matter of looking up classifications on a chart on the Internet and then paying your workers according to their trade - as carpenters, masons or laborers?

April 1, 2010

Classification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Are you thinking about classifying some of your employees as "independent contractors" and issuing a 1099, in order to save worker's compensation premiums, payroll taxes or other employer contributions? If the employee agrees, then it is voluntary and lawful, right?

April 1, 2010

Employees' Rights To Privacy at Work

Do your employees have a complete right to privacy within your workplace? Or do you, as the business owner, have the right to monitor everything that goes on in your place of business? The answers might surprise you.

April 1, 2010

Website Use

Do you have a website for your business, or do you plan to create one soon? Have you thought about how your company's Internet presence raises a number of liability issues? Please consider the following issues, which may affect your use of a website.

April 6, 2010

Mortgage Loan Officers May Not be Properly Classified as Exempt Under the Administrative Exemption

Many banking and financial institutions have historically classified mortgage loan officers as exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").

May 4, 2010

Advisory To Country Clubs Re: Classifying Staff as Independent Contractors and Not Employees

In this tough economic climate, many clubs are looking for ways to ease the financial burden imposed by expensive employment relationships. Often the employers turn to the possibility of converting their employees to independent contractors.

May 5, 2010

California Supreme Court Sheds Light on the Definition of "Employer", Martinez v. Combs, (SC 121552)

On May 20, 2010, the California Supreme Court issued an important wage and hour opinion that involves the definition of the term "employer" in the context of wage and hour liability.

August 5, 2010

Supreme Court Allows “Stray Remarks” To Defeat Summary Judgment - Reid v. Google (S158965, 8/5/2010)

In a major appellate decision, the court ruled that “stray remarks” can be used as evidence to support discrimination cases. On August 5, 2010, the California Supreme Court overturned a decision in an age discrimination case previously decided in Google’s favor at the trial court level.

June 30, 2009

Does At-Will Employment Really Mean What You Think It Means?

We are often asked by clients, "Do I have to have a reason to terminate employees if they are at-will?" Well, yes and no. Think of it this way. When you make the decision to terminate an employee, you do not have to have a reason if they are at-will, but you have a reason nevertheless.

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