Friendly Reminder: Many California Local Minimum Wage Rates Increase On July 1

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Ross Boughton

Executive Summary

As many employers are well aware, since the passage of SB 3 in April of 2016, the California state minimum wage is set to increase each January 1 for the foreseeable future.  January 1, however, is not the only date that California employers must keep on their calendars.  July 1 is a key date for many local minimum wage statutes, with the minimum wage rates increasing this month in cities and counties throughout the state. Continue reading

The Devil is in the Details: Court Refuses To Compel Arbitration Where Employer Used Conflicting English and Spanish Versions Of An Arbitration Agreement

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Ross Boughton

Executive Summary

California’s Second Appellate District issued employers a reminder regarding the importance of attention to detail when drafting and issuing employment policies.  In Juarez v. Wash Depot Holdings, Inc., 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 604 (July 3, 2018), California’s Court of Appeal refused to compel arbitration where an employer issued different and conflicting English and Spanish versions of an arbitration agreement.  Applying the age old rule that ambiguous contract language is construed against the drafter, the Court found that the more employee-friendly version (the Spanish version) applied, and upheld the denial of the employer’s motion to compel arbitration. Continue reading

Webinar! – California Wage and Hour Law: A Beginner’s Guide

Calendar - social-02Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern

About the Program
The State of California has consistently been ranked one of the most challenging employment jurisdictions, including some of the most complex and stringent wage and hour standards in the country.  Join FordHarrison California attorneys, David Cheng and Alexandria Witte, members of our Wage & Hour Practice Group, for the third installment in a series of wage and hour presentations as they explain several of California’s distinct wage and hour requirements.

Continuing Education 

  • FordHarrison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This course is approved for 1 hour of PDCs.
  • This program is also pre-approved by HRCI for 1 hour of PHR, GPHR, and SPHR recertification credit.

To register for this complimentary session, click here.

Wage & Hour Practice Group Webinar Series
March 22, 2018 – Part I – Winning on the Front End: Implementing Wage/Hour Policies to Best Defend Against Class and Collective Actions – click here to view recording
May 10, 2018 – Part II – Wage/Hour Check Up: Assessing the Health of Your Compensation Policies – click here to view recording