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Matern Law Group, PC employment law blog posts concerning California employee laws & California employee rights for employment law.

Employment Law Legislative Roundup

Employment Law – Legislative Roundup

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 year’s legislative cycle. Last-minute negotiations resulted in promising movement on important workers’ rights issues, including compensation, paid sick days, and family leave, but also gave rise to counter-measures from …

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Undocumented Farmworkers in the Time of COVID-19

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, sleeping several to a room. They are not coronavirus deniers: The pandemic terrifies them. They simply have no choice; are compelled to work yet feel disposable. Two-thirds of the …

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Know Your Rights: COVID-19 FAQs For Employees

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 will be updated regularly throughout this global crisis. Can my employer fire me if I get coronavirus? Your employer cannot fire you if you test positive for COVID-19. Negative …

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

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 Up-and-Coming 50 Women and Up-and-Coming 100 lists! Read more about them below. Dalia Khalili Dalia Khalili has been selected to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars list. She has …

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

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, Dalia Khalili, Irina Kirnosova, Kayvon Sabourian, Tagore Subramaniam, and Julia Wells, have been selected to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no …

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Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): Forging Ahead

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 General Act statute When the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”) was enacted, it created a new frontier in the realm of California employment law. (Lab. Code, …

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The Compelling Evidence of MeToo

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, it is that there is strength in numbers. Because sexual harassment cases often involve a great deal of “he said/she said” testimony, the introduction of “me too” evidence at …

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Minimum Wage Increase

California Legislature Passes Historic Minimum Wage Increase

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 $15/hour by 2022, followed by annual adjustments for inflation.  The impact of the bill will reach beyond just the 2.2 million California workers who currently make minimum wage: economists …

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee Worker

Independent Contractor vs Employee Classification: An Overview

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 are — often intentionally — misclassified as ICs in order to save money.  This is because ICs are not entitled to the following benefits legally enjoyed by workers classified …

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Women in Technology Summit Highlights Gender Gap in Tech Industry

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 leading worldwide authority on women in business and technology, focused on advocating women’s contributions to the tech industry, inspiring them to pursue STEM careers, and actively working with corporate …

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Root Causes and Solutions for LA’s Homeless Crisis

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 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills. Register by following the link below. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/root-causes-and-solutions-for-las-homeless-crisis-tickets-39500834058?aff=affiliate1  

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California Supreme Court Affirms Class & Broad Discovery Rights

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 timely and uninterrupted meal breaks and rest breaks and doesn’t pay you for all of the overtime hours you work. You know you are not alone because you’ve spoken …

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Matern Law Group Rising Stars and Super Lawyers 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 Lawyers Rising Stars 2017 list. Additionally, Matthew J. Matern and Launa Adolph were named to the Super Lawyers 2017 list. Matern Law Group, PC is an employment law firm …

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Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017

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 2017 list. Additionally, Matthew J. Matern and Launa Adolph were named to the Super Lawyers 2017 list. Matern Law Group, PC is an employment law firm with a reputation for litigation excellence. Our …

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Beverly Hills Bar Association Event

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.

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I Signed What?! (Arbitration Agreements)

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 legal advice. If you believe you have experienced employment violations contact an attorney. Do you remember every form you signed when you were hired at your job? We’ve all been …

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Day of Rest Law California

“Day of Rest” Requirement Clarified by California Supreme Court

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 person employed in any occupation of labor is entitled to one day’s rest therefrom in seven,” and “[n]o employer of labor shall cause his employees to work more than …

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Bosses Who Hug Their Employees May Create a Hostile Work Environment

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 Court of Appeals in Zetwick v. County of Yolo revived a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Yolo County Sheriff by holding that the U.S. District Court improperly dismissed a …

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Class Action Waivers

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

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 a stack of paperwork. In recent times, many employers who plan on cheating their workers out of pay have been adding two documents to that stack: (1) an agreement …

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