California Snubs SCOTUS Decision

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in the Epic Systems decision that mandatory arbitration agreements containing class action waivers were legal provisions of an employment agreement. Notwithstanding that decision, on a vote of 25-12, the California state senate approved AB 3080 and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown this…

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California Passes Healthy Kids Meal Bill

The California state legislature has passed and sent on to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature, S.1192 – the Healthy Kids Meal Act. Just weeks after the Golden State banned local communities from passing their own taxes on groceries (including and ostensibly, targeting soda), the legislature is dictating that only water, flavored water or unflavored…

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Discount Meals Don’t Violate FLSA

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in Rodriguez v Taco Bell Corp. that requiring employees to eat employer-discounted meals in the restaurant violates neither the US Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or California Employment Law. Taco Bell offers its employees discounted meals for their required 30-minute meal breaks…

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Litigation Losses

There have also been a number of other court cases decided, resurrected and/or revisited over the past few weeks that we thought you should be aware of as they all may be very much relevant to your business. Starbucks won the battle, but might be losing the war in a California case over cancer warnings…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Soda Wars, Rising Wages

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. Several states and cities hiked their minimum wage on July 1, with a few now even pushing past the much ballyhooed $15 an hour mark. Activists pushing for sick leave mandates are…

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Man Bites Dog as California Bans Soda Taxes

Yes, it is true – not the man bites dog part, but the rest is anyway!) California Governor Jerry Brown last week very quickly signed into law a bill that prohibits local communities in the Golden State from enacting any taxes on groceries – including nonalcoholic beverages – at least until 2031. The first soda…

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July 1 Trigger Date

Each year as July rolls around, and with it the start of state and municipal fiscal years, we also see many minimum wage hikes taking effect. In the interest of keeping our readers informed of these changes, we believe that the following minimum wages increases take effect Sunday: Washington DC from $12.50 to $13.25; Chicago…

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Anaheim Minimum Wage Heads To Ballot

Proponents won another battle in the California city of Anaheim on Tuesday as well, when the Anaheim City Council decided to put a ballot initiative before the voters to decide on raising the city minimum wage to $18 by 2022. If voters approve the measure in November, it will only target, at least for the…

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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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