Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo attorneys are often asked to share their insights, opinions and ideas about the latest issues affecting our clients’ industries and organizations. Here, you will find updated content from the AALRR team about current developments and trends in labor and employment law.

  1. November 9, 2017

    One-Sided Arbitration Agreement Held Invalid

    BY: Ronald W. Novotny, Jonathan Judge

    What kinds of provisions in arbitration agreements will cause the courts to invalidate them?  The Court of Appeal in the recent case of Baxter v. Genworth North America Corporation analyzed and rejected several of them, in upholding the denial of a motion to compel arbitration of an employee’s wrongful termination and discrimination claims.  Baxter v. […] more

  2. October 13, 2017

    California Governor Signs Bill Expanding Baby Bonding Leave to Mid-Size Employers

    BY: Jonathan Judge, Maribel Hernandez

    On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the New Parent Leave Act (“NPLA”) (SB 63) into law, expanding access to job-protected leave for employees of companies with 20 to 49 employees. Effective January 1, 2018, SB 63 will allow employees who work for an employer that directly employs 20 to 49 employees within 75 […] more

  3. October 13, 2017

    Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place – AB 450 Imposes New Legal Requirements for Employers During Worksite Immigration Enforcement Actions

    BY: Jonathan Judge, Allison Scott

    On October 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown approved AB 450, which imposes several new legal requirements on California employers during immigration worksite enforcement actions.   The California Legislature enacted AB 450 in response to the apparent signals from the federal government that all unauthorized immigrants are enforcement priorities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Effective January […] more

  4. October 2, 2017

    New Berkeley Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to Take Effect October 1, 2017

    BY: Jonathan Judge, L. Brent Garrett, Robert Fried

    Berkeley’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance took effect October 1, 2017.  The Berkeley minimum wage also increased on October 1, 2017.  And earlier this month, the City issued new guidance on its Family Friendly and Environment Friendly Workplace and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances.  The details of the Ordinances are outlined below. Minimum Wage Berkeley’s current minimum […] more

  5. September 21, 2017

    Several Key Employment Bills Await Action by California Governor

    BY: Jonathan Judge, Casandra Secord, Allison Scott

    On September 15, 2017, the 2017 California legislative session ended, with several employment-related bills being sent to the Governor’s desk.  The Governor has until October 15, 2017 to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature.  Below is a quick summary of key bills that may be signed and become effective in the upcoming year: […] more