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  • New Parent Leave Act Provides up to 12 Weeks of Leave for Many California Employees

    By SHLC on October 14, 2017
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    On October 12, 2017, Governor Brown signed SB 63 into law, the New Parent Leave Act (“NPLA”).  NPLA requires small businesses that employ 20 to 49 workers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected leave to bond with a new child. Sound familiar? It should. NPLA affords similar benefits and protections as the Family & Medical Leave […]
  • Court Shoots Down Salary Level Test in DOL Overtime Rule

    By SHLC on September 1, 2017
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    The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposed overtime exemption rule suffered another blow today. A Texas federal court granted summary judgment in favor of business groups and States who challenged the new regulations last year. The proposed rule was blocked by a preliminary injunction issued in November 2016, as reported here: http://suttonhague.com/new-overtime-rules-blocked/. The Court found that DOL exceeded its authority […]
  • Ninth Circuit Allows “Hugging” Sexual Harassment Case to Continue

    By SHLC on February 24, 2017
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    A recent case from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that hugging can create a hostile work environment and the case should proceed to trial. The case is Zetwich v. County of Yolo. For more on this case, please see this L.A. Times article: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-hugging-9th-circuit-20170223-story.html. This case will also be discussed during SHLC’s February 28th Webinar: Sexual Harassment and […]
  • Brett Sutton Quoted in Nevada Independent Minimum Wage Article

    By SHLC on February 21, 2017
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    SHLC Attorney Brett Sutton was quoted in today’s Nevada Independent on whether pending legislation in the Nevada Legislature that would raise the state minimum wage by statute, as opposed to constitutional amendment, is permissible under the Nevada Constitution.  (https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/indy-explains-can-nevada-legislature-raise-minimum-wage) The minimum wage legislation as well as other pending legislation of interest to Nevada employers will be addressed by Brett at […]
  • Jury Finds Costco Failed to Prevent Sexual Harassment of a Female Employee by Customer; Hit With $250k Verdict

    By SHLC on February 3, 2017
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    In December 2016, an Illinois federal court awarded $250,000 in damages to a former employee of Costco who was sexually harassed by a Costco customer. The employee worked for Costco between 2009 and 2012. She claimed that a frequent customer repeatedly touched her without her permission, tried to hug her, and regularly followed her around the store, where the customer […]
  • CA High Court Says “On-Call” Rest Periods Violate Law, Reinstates $90 Million Award

    By SHLC on December 28, 2016
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    The California Supreme Court recently held that “on-call” rest periods violate California’s rest period standard because employees are not relieved of all duty. In Augustus v.  ABM Security Services, Inc., security guards were required to remain “on-call” during their authorized rest periods in order to be “on the ready” and available to respond to a call. Radios and pagers had […]
  • SHLC Files Amicus Brief in Nevada Supreme Court on Behalf of Nevada Restaurant Association

    By SHLC on December 9, 2016
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    The Nevada Restaurant Association (“NvRA”) retained Sutton Hague Law Corporation (“SHLC”) to submit an amicus brief to the Nevada Supreme Court on its behalf in the case commonly known as Neville, Jr. v. Eighth Judicial District Court. This case will determine whether or not employees have a private right of action to bring a lawsuit directly against their employer for […]
  • Key Information About California School Activities Leave

    By SHLC on December 7, 2016
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    California law provides employees with several different types of protected time-off. It is important that employers know that employees may be permitted to take time-off in certain situations and what those situations are. Employers could face liability through a retaliation claim if employees are wrongfully disciplined or discharged when they ask for and/or take protected time-off. The DLSE website provides […]
  • New Overtime Rules Blocked

    By SHLC on November 23, 2016
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    Today a federal court issued an injunction to block the DOL’s new overtime regulations. The regulations, including the new salary threshold for overtime-exempt employees, were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The so-called “White Collar” exemption’s annual salary threshold was to increase from $23,660 to $47,476 under the now-blocked regulations. This SHLC Blog post previously detailed the […]
  • NEVADA SUPREME COURT ISSUES IMPORTANT MINIMUM WAGE RULING; SHLC WILL DISCUSS WITH NV LABOR COMMISSIONER AT NOV. 2ND WEBINAR

    By SHLC on October 27, 2016
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    Today, the Nevada Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in MDC Restaurants LLC v. District Court, which resolves two critical issues related to interpretation of and compliance with Nevada’s 2006 Constitutional Minimum Wage Amendment (“MWA”). The MWA established a two-tiered minimum wage to encourage employers to make health benefits available to Nevada employees. A copy of the court’s decision can […]