In June, the City of Los Angeles passed an ordinance designed to increase safety protections for hotel workers in hotels, limit daily workload, and raise hotel worker wages.
The new ordinance took effect on August 12, 2022.
Under the ordinance, a hotel employer must place on the back of the entrance door to each guest room and restroom facility in

Despite a longstanding requirement that California employers must “provide[]” suitable seats for their employees when the work allows for it, no published California authority has clarified what steps an employer must take to “provide” such seats.

This was the Second District Court of Appeal’s observation in Meda v. AutoZone, Inc. (July 19, 2022, B311398) ___ Cal.App.5th ___, which reversed

Prior to January 2019, access to peace officer records was only permitted through a Pitchess motion. Then Senate Bill No. 1421 amended Penal Code sections 832.7 and 832.8 to require disclosure of certain serious misconduct records under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”), if they have been sustained after opportunity to appeal.  The legislation did not address circumstances wherein an

Previously, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) has found that a non-human may infringe patents. Arguably, an AI system, which is a non-human, can also create or invent. But can an AI system be a named inventor on a patent? The Federal Circuit recently addressed this issue in Thaler v. Vidal.
With the advances in

This post appeared in November 2017.  It was reviewed in August 2022 to provide the most up-to-date legal information.
This principle used to be clear – paid administrative leave was outside the scope of adverse employment action.  This was based on court holdings that an employee suffers no substantial or material change in terms and conditions of employment while

If you have a sharp team that’s working well together, especially in tech, you might sell your company in an acquihire — even if you have yet to ring up your first dollar of sales. The tech hiring market is so tight that acquihires have become a common way for big companies to staff up quickly.➡️In an acquihire, the buyer primarily wants your

On August 1, 2022, the California Court of Appeal joined longstanding Ninth Circuit precedent in determining that online-only businesses are not “public accommodations” covered under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in  Martinez v. Cot’n Wash, Inc., 2022 WL 3025828 (Cal. Ct. App. 2022).  This may signal a change of tides of sorts for employers