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When can employers require pre-employment physicals?

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An employer whose operations include physically demanding work may want to ensure that a job applicant is in sufficient physical shape to safely meet the demands of the position for which he/she is being considered. However, there are substantial restrictions to an employer’s ability to require a job applicant to undergo a physical/medical examination under both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Pregnancy disability leave

Coffee Break: HR Minute

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In Coffee Break episode 23, Chris and Jennifer review the complexity of pregnancy disability leave in California and compare it to other forms of disability leave.

New restrictions on choice of law

Coffee Break: HR Minute

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In Coffee Break episode 22, Chris and Jennifer explain changes in California law restricting employers' ability to litigate disputes outside of California.

Commission pay plans must separately compensate for rest break time with no offset against other pay

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Yesterday, a California Court of Appeal in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC (Ashley Furniture) found that commission pay plans providing base pay for rest breaks that could be “clawed-back” against future earnings was invalid under California law. Ashley Furniture was sued in a class action by employees claiming that its commission pay plan was noncompliant with California law because it did not properly pay sales employees for rest breaks. The Court of Appeal had two important rulings...

Employee introductory periods

Coffee Break: HR Minute

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In Coffee Break episode 20, Chris and Jennifer discuss the benefits of an introductory period policy for new hires and what considerations should go into the creation of such a policy.

Equal Pay Act obligations

Coffee Break: HR Minute

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In Coffee Break episode 19, Chris and Jennifer explain changes to the Equal Pay Act that could impact your hiring and compensation practices.

Trump presidency brings regulatory uncertainty to auto dealers

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Under the Trump Administration, change is likely to come to the CFPB and FTC, but its extent and how it impacts auto dealers is unknown. Trump has started shaking things up with controversial Executive Orders and the backlash is already mounting. In more liberal states, like California, Governors and Attorneys General have already vowed to push back and may very well step up their own enforcement where the federal government falls short. This makes for an uncertain future for regulatory enforcement that cannot be easily predicted.

Scali Law Firm adds litigator Jade Jurdi

New attorney has stellar track record defending companies against consumer protection class actions

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“Whether he’s handling a mediation or a substantive court appearance involving a class action, Jurdi has shown he can go in alone and walk out victorious,” said Christian Scali. “He’s going to add substantial firepower to our consumer protection cases.”

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