HR & Employment Law Blog

Commentary on HR and employment law issues in California.

CA Supreme Court — Employees Have Broad Discovery Rights in PAGA Actions

Yesterday, in a unanimous 7-0 opinion, the California Supreme Court held in Williams v. Marshalls of CA that plaintiffs suing employers in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) are entitled to broad discovery rights.  Specifically, the Court held that PAGA plaintiffs can force an employer-defendant to turn over the names and contact information of other current and former […]

San Francisco Employers May No Longer Ask About or Consider Salary History

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved a new ordinance that prohibits employers from asking candidates about their salary history.  The new ordinance, if signed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as expected, will go into effect on July 1, 2018.  Referred to as the “Parity in Pay Ordinance,” the new San Francisco law […]

CA Supreme Court Clarifies Employers’ “Day of Rest” Obligations

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court answered some admittedly “unsettled questions” under California law regarding an employer’s obligation to provide a day of rest to employees under California’s day of rest statutes (codified at Labor Code §550-558.1.  These statutes prohibit an employer from “caus[ing] his employees to work more than six days in seven” (§552), but do not […]

Job Available — Family Law Associate Attorney (Pleasanton)

I have been exclusively retained by Ross Family Law, P.C. in Pleasanton, CA to recruit a new associate for their firm. This is a great opportunity to work on sophisticated, high asset family law cases in a relaxed and friendly environment…where dogs are welcome too! If you are interested in applying, or if you know […]

Federal Court Rules that Title VII Protects Gays and Lesbians from Workplace Discrimination

For the first time ever, a federal appellate court has ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College came from the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 8-3 vote. In […]