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October 12, 2017

New Labor Code Section Prohibits Employers From Requesting Salary History

Negotiating a starting salary is one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of looking for a job. It can be especially vexing for women working in majority-male professions such as science and technology. Recent changes to California’s Fair Pay Act, which came into effect January 1st, 2017, bar employers from paying a higher salary to members […]

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September 22, 2017

Santa Clara Superior Court Orders Class Notice Sent to Putative Class Members in Class Action Case Subida v. SC3 DVBE Security Services, Inc., Case No. 17CV305530

In a case in The Superior Court of California, Santa Clara Superior County, called Paolo Subida v. SC3 DVBE SECURITY SERVICES, INC. (“SC3”), Case No. 17CV305530, the judge has ordered a Class Notice to be sent to all Putative Class Members in the case. On January 23, 2017, Plaintiff Paolo Subida filed a lawsuit against […]

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August 11, 2017

Vacation Everyday

A job with an unlimited vacation policy seems awesome right? Companies that offer unlimited vacation policies are often viewed as employee friendly and revolutionary and many companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Your company tells you that they’re getting with the program and offering unlimited vacation! But before you start buying those plane tickets to […]

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August 8, 2017

Suit Against Hershey's

The Law is Like a Box of Chocolates: Federal Judge Allows False Advertising Suit Against Hershey’s to Move Past the Pleading Stage Because ‘Reasonable Consumer’ Determination More Appropriate for Summary Judgment If a box of chocolates is sold with the box half empty, has the chocolate company violated false advertising laws? It all comes down […]

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June 14, 2017

Has The Era Of The PAGA Anti-Hero Ended?

Private settlements framed as hybrid settlements of class action claims and PAGA claims helped recalibrate the incentives for employers and employees to comply with the Labor Code. Settlements tend to be allocated mostly to non-PAGA claims such that the worker keeps one hundred percent (100%) of that portion with a small amount allocated to PAGA […]

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June 7, 2017

Individual Arbitration Deposes Class Actions

The prominent role of class actions in the U.S. legal system is far from certain after a pair of recent opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, these two U.S. Supreme Court rulings all but eviscerated the class action tool—Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011) and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. […]

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June 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could End California's Jagged Legal Pill

An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision could end the era of PAGA claims, which refers to claims for the civil penalties set forth by the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 or “PAGA.” Although PAGA became effective in 2004, its widespread use began in or around 2011, when a pair of U.S. Supreme Court […]

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June 1, 2017

Fox News Pummeled With Claims It Violated New York City Human Rights Laws

Americans have grown accustomed to Fox News’ reputation for airing scandalous news, but lately it has been the subject of scandalous news as often as it is reporting it. The wave of discrimination lawsuits against Fox News continues to grow, with several new lawsuits filed on May 22, 2017. At some point soon, the phrase […]

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