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. March 15, 2017

    California Court of Appeal Continues Trend Rejecting Arbitration of PAGA Claims

    BY: Chelsea Trotter, Amber Healy

    Two recent decisions by California courts concluded employees who signed pre-dispute arbitration agreements with their employers could not be compelled to arbitrate their individual PAGA (the Private Attorney’s General Act of 2004 [Labor Code section 2698, et seq.]) claims against their employer. In the recent decisions of Tanguilig v. Bloomingdale’s (2016) 5 Cal.App.5th 665, and […] more

  2. March 6, 2017

    California Court of Appeal Analyzes Rounding and Grace-Period Policies

    BY: Jonathan Judge, Shawn Ogle

    Recently, after years of litigation, the California Court of Appeal published its decision approving See’s Candy Shops, Inc.’s (“See’s”) rounding and grace-period policies.  (Silva v. See’s Candy Shops, Inc. (2016) 7 Cal. App. 5th 235). The court previously approved See’s rounding policy in 2012, in See’s Candy Shops, Inc. v. Superior Court (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th […] more

  3. February 22, 2017

    California Department of Industrial Relations Publishes Two FAQs on Minimum Wage

    BY: Kyle J. Waldie, Jonathan Judge

    Recently, the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) published two FAQs addressing minimum wage increases under California law to assist employers with the implementation of the new rates going into effect between 2017 and 2023. As of January 1, 2017, the State minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour for employers with 26 or more […] more

  4. February 8, 2017

    U.S. Supreme Court Delays Review of Class Action Waiver Dispute Until At Least October 2017

    BY: Jonathan Judge

    On February 8, 2017, the Supreme Court announced it will schedule oral arguments in its review of class action waivers in the 2017 Supreme Court session, which starts in October.  In January, the Court announced it would review three cases involving whether class action waivers that are required as a condition of employment in individual […] more

  5. February 3, 2017

    Employers Should Think Twice Before Jumping the Gun on Job Abandonment with Employee on Leave

    BY: Jonathan Judge

    On January 13, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision in favor of an employee of San Diego Miramar College who was released for “job abandonment” while out on medical leave. The court reversed the trial court’s judgment in favor of the College, holding a reasonable fact-finder could conclude the College retaliated against the […] more