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Chamber of Commerce releases annual list of Job Killer Bills

USA - July 18 2012 With California’s unemployment rate hovering around 11%, both employees and employers are sensitive to proposed legislature that could further increase the burdens on businesses and hamper economic growth.

California Supreme Court denies fee-shifting on meal and rest period claim

USA - May 1 2012 The California Supreme Court issued its decision yesterday in Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc., S185827, 2012 Cal. LEXIS 3981 (April 30, 2012) (available here), holding that attorney’s fees may not be awarded under Cal. Lab. Code § 218.5 to a party that prevails on a claim for meal and rest break violations.

California Supreme Court issues long awaited opinion on meal and rest breaks

USA - April 12 2012 This morning, the California Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court.

TV writers and CAA reach preliminary agreement to settle

USA - March 19 2012 Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and representatives of a class of television writers today announced the settlement of a case alleging age discrimination in the representation of television writers.

Jury awards record $168 million to employee in workplace harassment suit

USA - March 5 2012 A federal court jury on Wednesday awarded a record $168 million to a physician’s assistant who complained of multiple instances of sexual harassment by her supervisors in the cardiovascular surgery department at Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital.