California’s New Leave for Reproductive Loss: Navigating SB 848 and Your Rights

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On October 10th, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 848 (SB 848) into law, granting employees statewide access to paid leave following a reproductive loss. The law went into effect on January 1, 2024. This landmark legislation offers crucial support and recognition for individuals experiencing the emotional and physical challenges often associated with […]

Supporting Veterans in the Workplace

Supporting Veterans in the Workplace

As veterans navigate the transition from military service to civilian employment, they may face unique challenges that require legal advocacy. The employment landscape for veterans has evolved significantly over the years. Federal and State laws, such as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the California Military and Veterans Code, are in […]

Understanding Overtime Pay: Your Rights Under California Employment Law

Understanding Overtime Pay

In California, labor laws protect employees from exploitation and ensure they receive just compensation for their dedication. One key aspect of these regulations is overtime pay, stipulated under the California Labor Code. Overtime Basics: According to California law, any work performed over 8 hours in one workday, or over 40 hours in one workweek, must […]

Comprensión del Pago de Horas Extras: Sus Derechos Según la Ley Laboral de California

Understanding Overtime Pay

En California, las leyes laborales protegen a los empleados de la explotación y garantizan que reciban una compensación justa por su dedicación. Un aspecto clave de estas regulaciones es el pago de horas extras, estipulado en el Código Laboral de California. Conceptos básicos de horas extras: Según la ley de California, cualquier trabajo realizado más […]

Celebrating Juneteenth: Honoring Freedom and Promoting Equality in the Workplace

Juneteenth and African American employee rights

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It holds immense historical and cultural significance, marking the end of slavery and the ongoing struggle for civil rights. As we celebrate Juneteenth, it is crucial to reflect on its relevance in the context […]

Save Mart Supermarkets Class Action Lawsuit

Save Mart Class Action Lawsuit

Save Mart Supermarkets is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that it illegally terminated health benefits for retirees and their spouses. The lawsuit alleges that Save Mart breached its fiduciary duty in April 2022 when it decided to stop paying $500 monthly health reimbursements to the retirees and their spouses, despite having previously represented the […]

Cesar Chavez Day: Celebrating the Legacy of a Civil Rights Icon

Cesar Chavez Day

Every March 31st, the United States celebrates Cesar Chavez Day in honor of the late labor leader and civil rights activist who fought for the rights of farm workers. Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, and went on to become a symbol of hope and inspiration for millions of people around the world. […]

Sexual Harassment in the Remote Workplace

California Online Work Sexual Harassment

The shift to remote operations over the past year and a half has reshaped work. Remote work has a great many advantages—most importantly, keeping workers and their families safe from the threat of COVID-19; but also increasing flexibility, productivity, and focus. As workers adapted to this new reality, however, problems found in the office continued […]

MLG – Employment Law Newsletter – August 2021

Tagore MLG spotlight

Matern Law Group Spotlight This quarter we’re shining the spotlight on one of the first attorneys to join Matern Law Group, Tagore Subramaniam, selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list from 2016 -2021 and the Up and Coming 100 list, from 2018 – 2021. I recently sat down with Tagore to find out a […]

Proposition 22 (Prop. 22) & Gig Worker Classification

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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 from those who argued that it would negatively impact workers. What can we expect its impact to be? Worker classification is a hot topic in employment law, especially with […]

Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): Forging Ahead

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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. […]

“Day of Rest” Requirement Clarified by California Supreme Court

Day of Rest Law California

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 […]

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

California Employee Law Guidelines

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 2017. We’ve decided to highlight a few of the laws that we feel may be the most relevant to you, the employee, to better help prepare you for the […]