Class and representative wage and hour lawsuits continue to plague employers across the country. The costs and risks associated with prolonged litigation often means early settlement is the best course for both employers and employees. Because of the unique nature of class and representative action settlements, it is crucial for employment litigators and in-house counsel to be well versed with the various aspects of class and representative action settlements, including calculating potential exposure and ensuring court approval. Read more
Partner Katherine A. Hren will be the featured speaker at the October 27th meeting of the Los Angeles Hotel Human Resource Association. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. Katherine will focus on compliance with time off measures, including the City and Hotel-industry time off ordinance, the Healthy Families Healthy Workplace Act (California paid sick leave), the Los Angeles minimum wage ordinance containing mandatory time off provisions, and LAX Hotel ordinance.
Partner Linda Miller Savitt will be a featured speaker on best practices for effective mediation of employment disputes, with a special focus on the use of structured settlements at an upcoming seminar sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section on October 27, 2016. More information and registration details are available on the LACBA website. Click Here to register.
Partner Jeffrey Fuchsman will be a featured speaker on wage and hour issues at an upcoming seminar sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section on October 29, 2016. More information and registration details are available on the LACBA website. Click Here to register.
Event Synopsis: The concept of the on-demand workforce or gig economy is not a novel concept, but the ubiquity of smartphones and mobile applications has driven this rapidly evolving trend. Estimates vary, but one survey says that more than 50 million American workers entered the gig economy work force in 2015 and it is likely to boost in the years to come.
On this type of workforce, workers operate as independent contractors wherein they enjoy the freedom of working on their own schedule but are not provided with the same benefits as a traditional employee. In return, companies that use this platform draw savings by reducing employee-related expenses such as payroll taxes and employee benefits. Read more
For the third consecutive year, Associate Stephanie Kantor has been recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers as a “rising star” in employment and labor. This distinction is reserved for the top 2.5 percent of lawyers based on a rigorous peer review and rating process.
On June 16, 2016 Senior Counsel Linda Hurevitz will be giving a presentation to a Provisor’s Pasadena lawyers affinity group on how employers can defend themselves against whistleblower retaliation claims brought under Labor Code section 1102.5. ProVisors® is a highly respected network of professionals in industries ranging from accounting and insurance, to the legal, banking and financial fields. Linda has earned a stellar reputation for being able to step into a case on the eve of trial, and has tried 38 jury trials in both state and federal court.
Founding partner Richard S. Rosenberg and associate Eric Mueller will be featured speakers at the May 26th meeting of the Los Angeles Hotel Human Resource Association. The meeting will be held at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to providing an update on area union negotiations, Richard and Eric will discuss 4 topics of vital interest to the hospitality industry: (I) implementation of the California Supreme Court’s new “suitable seating” decision; (II) the Ninth Circuit’s recent tip-pooling decision; (III) Santa Monica’s new Living Wage Ordinance, and (IV) recent NLRB rulings that make it harder for hotels and restaurants to maintain their non-union status.
On April 21, 2016 Partner Katherine A. Hren will be giving a presentation to the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel titled “Be Prepared in 2016: DFEH Legal Update and New Employment Law Legislation.” For the past 16 years, Katherine has been representing employers in all areas of the employer-employee relationship. Katherine will be one of three panelists discussing the numerous changes affecting California employers, including changes to harassment policies, guidance for employers who employ transgender employees, and upcoming legislation affecting the workplace.
On March 8, 2016, Associate Eric W. Mueller will be giving a presentation to the Bruin Professionals – Century City Chapter, a UCLA Alumni Association dedicated to developing professional business relationships through sharing information, ideas, resources, advice, and referrals. The talk titled, “Minimum Wage Reform: The Real Impact on Employers” discusses the difficulties employers are facing trying to stay compliant as state and local governments continue to pass minimum wage and required benefit laws. The discussion focuses on the “Need to Knows” and common pitfalls about the newly passed Los Angeles and Santa Monica Minimum Wage Ordinances and California’s Paid Sick Leave law, which went into effect on January 1, 2016.