Category Archives: Employment and Labour Law

New decision on when employees must be paid for commute time in company vehicles

A new decision was published this week on when commute time is required to be paid by employers. Plaintiffs represented current and former employees of defendant Pacific Bell Telephone Company who install and repair video and internet services in customers’ homes. Plaintiffs alleged they were owed for the time they spent traveling in an employer-provided vehicle that carried equipment and tools between their homes and a customer’s residence under an optional and voluntary Home Dispatch Program established by the employer. Key Facts The Plaintiff technicians were paid on an hourly basis and installed equipment at customer’s homes.  The technicians could not use their own vehicles while on the job, were required to use a company vehicle. They were also required to carry all necessary equipment and tools to perform their job in the company vehicle.  Their work day schedule started at 8:00 a.m. and lasted eight hours. There were two options made….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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San Jose/Silicon Valley Employment Law Firm Explains the New California Independent Contractor Test

As any business leader today knows, the economy is shifting from a place-based, brick and mortar economy to an office-less “gig economy” populated by independent contractors often only linked to their employer by a phone app. While this shift dramatically changes the workplace dynamic, it also creates some unforeseen pitfalls for employers. The California Supreme Court recently added pitfalls to this complex landscape in its April decision, Dynamex Operations West, Inc., v. Superior Court, S222732 (Cal. 2018), which re-vamps California’s independent contractor test. Whether your business is just starting to engage gig economy employees or is a veteran of this new workplace, you need expert counsel to guide you through this rapidly changing landscape. The attorneys at SAC Attorneys LLP are positioned to provide you with that counsel, call us for your free consultation today at (408) 436-0789. Independent Contractors vs. Employees, Understanding the Basics As a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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$8M California Wrongful Termination Verdict for Framed Worker

Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers know there are many reasons employers seek to shed workers they view as problematic. California is an at-will state when it comes to employment, meaning barring an employment contract stating otherwise, an employee can quite or be fired for almost any reason. However, when employers take adverse employment action against workers for prejudice despite protected status or for engaging in certain protected activity, this can be legally actionable in an employment lawsuit.  One of those protected activities is filing a claim for workers’ compensation. If you are hurt or become sick because of an incident or some condition at work, you don’t have the option of suing your employer. Instead, the exclusive remedy to which you have access is workers’ compensation, which allows for no-fault benefits, such as coverage of medical expenses, lost wages and work training. If an employer retaliates against you for filing a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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What Mediators can Learn from Navy Seals

The US Navy SEALS are one of the most revered fighting forces in the world. As negotiators, there are few things we can take from professional warriors; as a mediator, there is even less, but the thing even the most devout pacifist can take from these special operators is how to deal with stress. In […] The post What Mediators can Learn from Navy Seals appeared first on ... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Immigrant Caravan: Fact and Fiction

Here is a video where I explain the true facts about immigration law and the “caravan of migrants” that are heading to the United States. Bruce Coane is a Miami Immigration Lawyer and a Houston Immigration Lawyer and may be reached at bruce.coane@gmail.com and 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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