California Supreme Court Holds Dynamex ABC Test Applies Retroactively         

Author: David Kahn

Guest Editor: Grace Shuman

March 11, 2022 4:58pm

The California Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding the highly contested “Dynamex ABC” test.  The court held in Vasquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc.  the test in Dynamex applies retroactively when determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor for the purpose of wage and hour laws applies retroactively.

California’s Minimum Wage Hike

Author: Kathryn Lee Colgan

Guest Editor: Grace Shuman

March 11, 2022 4:07pm

California employers have had many difficulties over the past years, not only with the ongoing and changing COVID issues, but also with employee retention.  Another challenge employers face this year comes in conjunction with the recent minimum wage increase due to SB3.

Women in Law: Then and Now

Author: Kelley Harman

Guest Editor: Grace Shuman

March 2, 2022 3:53pm

As the legal profession has evolved, women’s roles in the legal system have grown significantly.  Many inspiring women have gone to law school and successfully cemented their place in various careers throughout the legal field. 

California’s Trucking Law Could Increase Exposure to Nuclear Verdicts™

Author: Cynthia Speegle

Guest Editor: Grace Shuman

January 28, 2022 9:00am

The United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case brought by Cal Cartage Transportation Express LLC challenging the appellate court ruling upholding California’s Assembly Bill 5 (“AB5”).  Though AB5’s impact on rideshare companies is often dissected, the law also significantly impacts the trucking industry, and can, without careful planning, expose trucking companies to Nuclear Verdicts™.

AB 701 – America’s First Law Protecting Employee’s Lunch Over Efficiency

Author: Rico Dominguez

Guest Editor: Grace Shuman

January 13, 2022 8:39am

On January 1, 2022, the nation’s first warehouse transparency law will go into effect, permanently changing the quota requirements in the warehouse distribution industry.  AB 701 requires warehouse employers provide employees with written disclosures related to distribution quotas.  Employees will not be required to fulfill these quotas at the expense of meal or rest breaks.

No Tort Liability for Insurer Underpayment of Hospital Bills

Author: Kristi Blackwell

Guest Editor: Kiran Gupta

December 3, 2021 9:00am

On November 4, 2021, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division 2, ruled against establishing tort liability for insurers who paid less than what the hospital believed to be the “reasonable and customary value.”  This partially published opinion is based on the underlying suit between plaintiffs Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (collectively “the hospitals”) and defendant Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (“Kaiser”) stemming from alleged underpayment by Kaiser for emergency medical services rendered at the hospitals.

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