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In what will be one of the biggest wins for California employers this year, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that waivers of employees’ individual claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) are enforceable. The court’s decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, released on June 15, 2022, offers employers a lifeline in avoiding PAGA litigation.

Effective July 1, 2022, all on-premise alcoholic beverage servers and their managers must take Responsible Beverage Training (“RBS Training”).  This ABC approved training must be completed by August 31, 2022, or within 60 days of hire thereafter.  This law was originally set to be effective last year, but was extended given the pandemic.  

Details about the training can be

Please join us for a complimentary webinar on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST) for insight on emerging threats in California employment litigation. Fox employment defense litigators will share insights from the frontline concerning newly heightened risks posed by retaliation claims, the latest developments in pandemic-related disability requests and claims, the new and greater consequences

and Cody Stroman

The California Supreme Court on May 23, 2022, released its decision in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc., and, in doing so, placed additional obligations on California’s already burdened employers.

The California Supreme Court specifically held that California employers are required to include premium payments on an employee’s wage statement for any missed, late or short meal

The COVID-19 rules for California workplaces have changed once again, statewide.  Now in effect, the newest version of Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) make changes of importance to all employers, particularly as infection rates are on the rise.
The ETS are legal requirements, not recommendations.  Significant changes made by the new ETS include:
Exclusion & Return to the Workplace:

In the past when my non-union clients asked about the NLRB or union activity issues I told them there are bigger issues to worry about.  I have often said that most lawsuits I see involve either wage-and-hour violations, or issues related to harassment/discrimination/retaliation.  As long as supervisors are still talking about sex with their direct reports (or going to Coachella