Employment Law

Rounding Time for Meal Periods Threatens Employee Health and Safety
Employee Health

Meal Period Length Threatens Employee Wellbeing

May 24, 2021

The California supreme court recently decided on two important wage and hour issues in Donohue v AMN Services, LLC. First, the court decided on whether rounding… Read More Meal Period Length Threatens Employee Wellbeing

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Qui Tam Whistleblower Employee Rights
Employee Rights

What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit, and How Does it Apply to an Employee?

March 30, 2021

What is a qui tam Lawsuit? The term “qui tam” (pronounced kee-tam) finds its origin in a Latin phrase that roughly means “who as well for… Read More What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit, and How Does it Apply to an Employee?

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Proposition 22 gig worker miclassification
Employee Misclassification

Proposition 22 (Prop. 22) & Gig Worker Classification

March 26, 2021

In November, Californians voted in favor of Proposition 22 (Prop. 22), a measure which classified gig workers as independent contractors. Prop. 22 was met with controversy… Read More Proposition 22 (Prop. 22) & Gig Worker Classification

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unlawful pay practices & unpaid wages
Employee Rights

3M, Workers Get Initial OK For $1.5M Settlement In Wage Case Concerning Unlawful Pay Practices

March 17, 2021

Read a story featured in Law360‘s Employment Authority service on the 3M litigation involving unlawful pay practices: Matthew Matern, Launa Adolph, and Kayvon Sabourian from Matern… Read More 3M, Workers Get Initial OK For $1.5M Settlement In Wage Case Concerning Unlawful Pay Practices

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Employment Law Legislative Roundup
Employee Rights

Employment Law – Legislative Roundup

October 4, 2020

Drama and suspense ran high as lawmakers worked through the weekend until midnight last month to meet the August 31st deadline and pass bills for this… Read More Employment Law – Legislative Roundup

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Discrimination

Undocumented Farmworkers in the Time of COVID-19

August 28, 2020

As Americans shelter in place, washing hands and staying six feet away from each other, farmworkers carpool to get groceries then retreat to cramped, crowded quarters,… Read More Undocumented Farmworkers in the Time of COVID-19

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when it reins it pours
Employee Rights

When it Reins, It Pours

August 11, 2020

PAGA TAKEAWAYS FROM THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION IN KIM V. REINS On March 12, 2020, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Kim v. Reins,… Read More When it Reins, It Pours

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COVID-19

Know Your Rights: COVID-19 FAQs For Employees

July 17, 2020

During these challenging and unparalleled times we have compiled a set of resources to support you. In an effort to keep you well informed, this page… Read More Know Your Rights: COVID-19 FAQs For Employees

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Employee Rights

Get to Know The Top Up-And-Coming Rising Stars at MLG!

June 25, 2020

Five of our attorneys at Matern Law Group, PC were recently selected to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars list. Dalia and Tagore additionally made the… Read More Get to Know The Top Up-And-Coming Rising Stars at MLG!

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Super Lawyers 2020 Southern California Rising Stars
Employment Law

Five Matern Law Group Attorneys Named to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars List

June 12, 2020

Five Matern Law Group Attorneys Named to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars List We are pleased to announce that five attorneys at Matern Law Group,… Read More Five Matern Law Group Attorneys Named to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars List

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Employee Rights

Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): Forging Ahead

October 16, 2019

THE QUEST FOR CLARITY UNDER CALIFORNIA’S PAGA: RECENT RULINGS TO HELP YOU VALUE THE CASE A speck on the horizon: The birth of the Private Attorneys… Read More Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): Forging Ahead

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the compelling evidence of me too
Employee Rights

The Compelling Evidence of MeToo

October 11, 2019

In Meeks v. AutoZone, the California Court of Appeal recently found me too evidence to have “unquestionable” probative value. If the #MeToo Movement has taught anything,… Read More The Compelling Evidence of MeToo

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California Minimum Wage Law
Employment Law

Minimum Wage Law in California as of July 1, 2019

July 25, 2019

Wage and hour laws set the basic standards for pay and time worked—covering issues like minimum wage, tips, overtime, meal and rest breaks, what counts as… Read More Minimum Wage Law in California as of July 1, 2019

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee Worker
Employee Misclassification

Independent Contractor vs Employee Classification: An Overview

June 11, 2019

Many workers in the United States are classified as independent contractors (IC) instead of as employees. While the IC classification is appropriate for many, many still… Read More Independent Contractor vs Employee Classification: An Overview

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Employment Law

Improper Background Checks and the FCRA: an Overview

May 9, 2019

Improper Background Checks and the FCRA: an Overview Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), if an employer seeks to terminate a current employee or to… Read More Improper Background Checks and the FCRA: an Overview

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equal pay for women
Employment Law

Equal Pay for Women in California

April 25, 2019

Did you know that women still earn, on average, only 80 percent of what men do? Fortunately, California is leading the way when it comes to… Read More Equal Pay for Women in California

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Employment Law

Root Causes and Solutions for LA’s Homeless Crisis

August 7, 2018

Please join us to discuss Root Causes and Solutions For LA’s Homeless Crisis Thursday November 16th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills. Read More Root Causes and Solutions for LA’s Homeless Crisis

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women in technology summit
Employment Law

Women in Technology Summit Highlights Gender Gap in Tech Industry

June 15, 2018

The 24th annual Women in Technology International (“WITI”) Summit took place from June 10-June 12, 2018 in San Jose, California. Founded in 1989, WITI is a… Read More Women in Technology Summit Highlights Gender Gap in Tech Industry

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Homeless Crisis
Employment Law

Root Causes and Solutions for LA’s Homeless Crisis

November 17, 2017

Root Causes and Solutions for LA’s Homeless Crisis Please join us to discuss Root Causes and Solutions For LA’s Homeless Crisis Thursday November 16th, 2017 from… Read More Root Causes and Solutions for LA’s Homeless Crisis

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Class Action Suits

California Supreme Court Affirms Class & Broad Discovery Rights

September 11, 2017

You work hard for a large company that employs hundreds of employees in locations across California. Yet, day after day, the company fails to provide you… Read More California Supreme Court Affirms Class & Broad Discovery Rights

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Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017
Employment Law

Matern Law Group Rising Stars and Super Lawyers 2017

July 21, 2017

Matern Law Group, PC is proud to announce three of its attorneys Matthew W. Gordon, Dalia Khalili, and Tagore Subramaniam, have been named to the Super… Read More Matern Law Group Rising Stars and Super Lawyers 2017

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Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017
Employment Law

Matern Law Group Super Lawyers Rising Stars and Super Lawyers 2017 Selections

Matern Law Group, PC is proud to announce three of its attorneys, Matthew W. Gordon, Dalia Khalili, and Tagore Subramaniam, have been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars… Read More Matern Law Group Super Lawyers Rising Stars and Super Lawyers 2017 Selections

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Employment Law

Beverly Hills Bar Association Event

July 13, 2017

One of our Senior Associate Attorneys, Tagore Subramanian, will be speaking at the Beverly Hills Bar Association on July 19th, 2017. He has successfully litigated and favorably resolved class actions on behalf of thousands of employees. Read More Beverly Hills Bar Association Event

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Arbitration Agreement Contract
Arbitration

I Signed What?! (Arbitration Agreements)

June 16, 2017

Know Your Rights: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Agreements Note: The information provided below is for educational/ informational purposes only and should not to be taken as… Read More I Signed What?! (Arbitration Agreements)

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Day of Rest Law California
Employment Law

“Day of Rest” Requirement Clarified by California Supreme Court

June 2, 2017

Last week, the California Supreme Court interpreted California’s “day of rest” requirement in a manner detrimental to California employees. The California Labor Code provides that “[e]very… Read More “Day of Rest” Requirement Clarified by California Supreme Court

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Hugging Boss at Work
Court of Appeals

Bosses Who Hug Their Employees May Create a Hostile Work Environment

March 3, 2017

Hugs from your boss could indeed create a hostile work environment. In an opinion issued just last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit… Read More Bosses Who Hug Their Employees May Create a Hostile Work Environment

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Class Action Waivers
Class Action Suits

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Class Action Waivers are Illegal

February 1, 2017

Many employees have experienced the same thing at their new job – they show up for their first day of work and are forced to sign… Read More U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Class Action Waivers are Illegal

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Employment Law

Matern Law Group Attorneys Named to the 2017 California Super Lawyers List

January 26, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Matern, Founding Attorney, and Launa Adolph, Senior Associate Attorney at Matern Law Group, PC, have been selected to the 2017 California… Read More Matern Law Group Attorneys Named to the 2017 California Super Lawyers List

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California Employement Law Guidelines
Employment Law

An Employee’s Guide to New California Employment Laws (2017)

January 9, 2017

With all of the holiday cheer, family time, and vacations this season, it is easy to miss all of the new laws going into effect in… Read More An Employee’s Guide to New California Employment Laws (2017)

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Employee Misclassification
Employee Misclassification

Employee Misclassification: A Violation of the NLRA?

October 3, 2016

Currently, employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors may be liable for violations of the tax code, California Labor Code, and the Federal Labor Standards Act,… Read More Employee Misclassification: A Violation of the NLRA?

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Changes In Sexual Harassment Laws Article
Employment Law

Changes in California’s Sexual Harassment Laws

June 29, 2016

Changes in California’s Sexual Harassment Laws California has been on the forefront of protecting workers’ rights. As early as 1959, California enacted the Fair Employment and… Read More Changes in California’s Sexual Harassment Laws

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Class Action Waivers
Arbitration

Will the U.S. Supreme Court Decide Whether Mandatory Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitrations are Illegal?

June 22, 2016

On May 26, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously ruled that an employer’s mandatory arbitration agreement, requiring… Read More Will the U.S. Supreme Court Decide Whether Mandatory Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitrations are Illegal?

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Minimum Wage Increase
Employment Law

California Legislature Passes Historic Minimum Wage Increase

April 5, 2016

On April 4th, Gov. Jerry Brown signed S.B. 3 into law, a historic measure by the California legislature which will raise the state’s minimum wage to… Read More California Legislature Passes Historic Minimum Wage Increase

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Walmart Vs. Dukes Case
Class Action Suits

Supreme Court Decision – Class Action Limits Reach of Wal-Mart v. Dukes

March 31, 2016

In a ruling favorable to class-action plaintiffs, the United States Supreme Court recently held that, in certain circumstances, workers may use averages and other statistical analyses… Read More Supreme Court Decision – Class Action Limits Reach of Wal-Mart v. Dukes

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SAG-AFTRA & Byron Allen
Employment Law

SAG-AFTRA & Byron Allen Can’t Settle Out Comedians’ Claims

March 29, 2016

NINTH CIRCUIT SAYS UNION SAG-AFTRA AND BYRON ALLEN CAN’T SETTLE OUT COMEDIANS’ CLAIMS FOR BREACH OF THE DUTY OF FAIR REPRESENTATION AND VARIOUS LABOR CODE VIOLATIONS… Read More SAG-AFTRA & Byron Allen Can’t Settle Out Comedians’ Claims

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Arbitration & Agreement
Arbitration

Arbitration, Immorality, and Both Supreme Courts

March 1, 2016

On January 5, 2016 the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Baltazar v. Forever 21 Inc. et al., S208345, which is currently pending for decision. The… Read More Arbitration, Immorality, and Both Supreme Courts

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Death Knell Doctrine
Court of Appeals

California Court of Appeal Finds Dismissal of Claims for “Death Knell” Doctrine

February 11, 2016

In order to protect potential class members’ rights, the “death knell” doctrine permits immediate appeal from a court order denying the certification of class claims, yet… Read More California Court of Appeal Finds Dismissal of Claims for “Death Knell” Doctrine

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Arbitration

Taco Bell Employee Wins Arbitration Important Victory For Working People

January 21, 2016

November 9, 2016 In an important victory for workers’ rights, the California Court of Appeals refused to order a fast-food worker to arbitrate his wage and… Read More Taco Bell Employee Wins Arbitration Important Victory For Working People

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Employment Law

In The News: Matt Matern Features On Daily Journal Cover

July 20, 2015

Lawyers Warn of Pay Stub Litigation Wave Matthew J. Matern, Daily Journal Cover July 6, 2015 – By Matthew Blake, Daily Journal California businesses and their lawyers… Read More In The News: Matt Matern Features On Daily Journal Cover

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Broken Contract, Ended Arbitration
Arbitration

Supreme Court Refuses to Review California Supreme Court Arbitration Decision

June 9, 2015

The information on this website and blog does not constitute legal advice.   For the second time, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a… Read More Supreme Court Refuses to Review California Supreme Court Arbitration Decision

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