California Town Pilots Universal Basic Income

Costs be damned, the city of Stockton, California thinks a guaranteed income is a great idea and come this fall will be the first community in the country to implement it. Stockton is readying plans to deliver $500 a month in donated cash to 100 local families without any work requirement or other restrictions attached…

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California Changes Independent Contractor Test

Just a week or so ago, the California Supreme Court altered the long-prevailing standard for determining which individuals may qualify as independent contractors rather than employees. Prior to the court ruling, there were 12 different factors that would be considered in making such a determination. In the case of Dynamex Operations West, the state’s highest…

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9th Circuit Limits Salary History Use

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled that Fresno County could not pay an individual female employee less than a male counterpart because of the woman’s lower salary history. An 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court unanimously ruled that doing so would violate the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and…

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California Judge Orders Coffee Cancer Warnings

It’s the ultimate nanny-state after all, but a California judge has ordered coffee retailers throughout the state to post cancer warnings on coffee sold in the Golden State. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued the order in a lawsuit initiated in 2010 by a non-profit group that alleged the companies were violating California…

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Don’t tread on us: Franchisees sue their brand for encroachment and win

El Pollo Loco – their slogan is “Crazy you can taste” – is popular for Mexican-style food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas and, in particular, citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken. The Costa Mesa, California chain operates over 460 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the southwest, and is a favorite with many locals. In Lancaster, Calif.,…

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Minimum Wage vs. Jobs

It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state…

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Then A Big Bang, in Court

In a precedent setting decision rendered earlier this month in a California court, noted franchisee attorney Robert Zarco (Zarco Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.) won a significant jury verdict against franchisor El Pollo Loco, Inc. that the company breached the implied covenant of food faith and fair dealing by failing to offer new encroaching restaurants…

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Right To Work On SCOTUS & Ballot

With a full complement of 9 Justices now sitting on the Supreme Court bench, it appears likely that SCOTUS will finally revisit the Abood v Detroit Board of Education decision rendered back in 1977. That decision by the Berger Court granted unions the right to collect “fees” from employees even though those employees may have…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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