HR & Employment Law Blog

Commentary on HR and employment law issues in California.

Court Sets Brinker Oral Argument for November 8, 2011

On October 4, 2011, the California Supreme Court announced that it would hear oral argument in the long-awaited and much-anticipated meal and rest break case, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court [i] on November 8, 2011. The Issue in Brinker The fundamental question before the California Supreme Court in Brinker is whether California employers must ensure […]

Court Clarifies “Reporting Time” Pay Requirements for Employee Meetings

According to a new decision by the California Court of Appeal, restaurants and other employers who call mandatory employee meetings and require off-duty employees to attend are required to pay off-duty employees only 2 hours of reporting time pay. Background California employers are required to pay “reporting time” pay to employees who show up for […]

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Pro-Business Arbitration Ruling

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in AT&T Mobility LLC. v. Concepcion that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) preempts state laws that condition the enforceability of an entire class of arbitration agreements on whether or not they allow for classwide arbitration. The issue in the case was whether AT&T’s customer arbitration agreement, […]

San Francisco’s New Mobile Food Truck Law

On March 7, 2011, the City & County of San Francisco begins its new Mobile Food Facilities Program (MFFP).  The MFFP, which is administered by the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW), is designed to make it faster, easier, and far less expensive for operators of food trucks and other “mobile food facilities” to […]

Employment Arbitration Agreements After Sonic Calabasas v. Moreno

On February 24, 2011, a divided California Supreme Court ruled in Sonic Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, S174475, that a worker who signs an otherwise valid pre-employment arbitration agreement does not give up his statutory right to seek administrative relief through Labor Commissioner hearings.  In other words, even if that worker signed a mandatory arbitration […]