Yeezy Brand to Pay US$950,000 Over Late Shipping Under California Consumer Protection Laws

Supply chain disruptions, coupled with a surge in online shopping, have led to overstretched companies and impatient customers. The supply chain crisis1 continues to cause shipping delays across the nation as companies struggle to work around pandemic-related constraints. A recent case in the Los Angeles County Superior Court has put companies and individuals who advertise or conduct business, online or otherwise,...

New 2022 California Employment Laws: How Businesses Can Protect Themselves

COVID-19 has permanently changed the workplace we once knew. Employers needed to adapt to new legislation meant to deal with the unprecedented impact of the pandemic. Expansion of the California Family Rights Act, mandatory paid sick leave for COVID-related illness, extended workplace safety protections, and workers’ compensation coverage for employees based on the rebuttable presumption they contracted COVID-19 at the...

New California Legislation will Require Some Retailers to Adopt Gender Neutral Children’s Sections by 2024

Following the recent trend of retailers abandoning gendered store sections and product lines, California has passed legislation that will force certain large retailers to adopt non-gendered children’s sections in California store locations. Assembly Bill 1084, signed into law on October 9, 2021 by California Governor Gavin Newsom, applies to all retail department stores in California that have 500 or more...

California SB 331 – Silenced No More Act: Settlements and Non-disparagement Agreements (Effective Jan. 1, 2022)

This bill expands coverage of existing law under Code of Civil Procedure Section 1001, known as the STAND (Stand Together Against Non-Disclosures) Act, which prohibits public and private employers of any size from settling lawsuits and administrative claims using agreements that prevent the disclosure of factual information regarding: Sexual assault Sexual harassment Workplace harassment and discrimination based on sex The failure...

AB 1003 – Wage Theft (Effective Jan. 1, 2022)

In 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several laws impacting California employers. The new laws — some of which recently became effective and others were signed into law just weeks ago and take effect January 1, 2022 — address several topics, including employees of warehouse distribution centers, settlement and nondisparagement agreements, and workplace safety. As a reminder, the minimum wage...

New California Law Could Benefit Mesothelioma Plaintiffs

A recently amended California law will now allow the estates of deceased plaintiffs, including mesothelioma patients, to collect pain and suffering damages. Previously, only the person who sustained bodily injury could recover pain and suffering damages. These damages are often the largest sums of money at stake in many mesothelioma lawsuits. When it becomes law on Jan. 1, Senate Bill...

New California Laws Extend AB 5 Exemptions for Certain Industries

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1561 to extend the sunset dates on the exemptions granted to licensed manicurists and construction trucking subcontractors from the provisions of AB 5. AB 5 sets forth the test for whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The exemptions will now sunset on Jan. 1, 2025, providing each industry three additional years...

California Passes Law Regulating Quotas In Warehouses – What Employers Need to Know About AB 701

On September 22, 2021, Governor Newsom signed AB 701 into law aimed at “warehouse distribution centers” and the use of quotas.  While the law was drafted to curtail alleged practices of Amazon, it will impact many warehouses across California.  Here are five key questions California employers need to understand about the new law: 1. Which employers must comply with AB 701? The...

New Sex Harassment Laws in Texas and California

In the construction industry, where multiple companies working closely together abound and where it is more difficult to monitor employee behavior because many employees are in the field, more incidents of inappropriate behavior occur. Texas and California, two states opposite politically and in lawmaking, have instituted legislation expanding sex harassment protections for employees in the workplace that go even further...

California Bill Passes, Giving Amazon Warehouse Workers Power To Fight Speed Quotas

California lawmakers have passed a first-of-its-kind legislation that would give Amazon and other warehouse workers new power to fight speed quotas, which critics say have forced workers to skip bathroom breaks and skirt safety measures. The bill, if signed by the governor, could also make public more comprehensive details about the demands Amazon makes of its warehouse staff, specifically about...