January 2014

Under recent case law expanding the reach of Section 218.5 of the Labor Code, employers had a right to recover attorneys’ fees from employees if the employer was victorious in the employment-related action for unpaid wages including violation of overtime and minimum wage laws.  ...

California’s new whistleblower statute, SB 496, will alter the landscape of California whistleblower protection.  It amends section 1102.5 of the Labor Code to provide much greater protections to employees. The statute expiring December 31, 2013, read as follows (Sec. 1102.5(b)): “An employer may not retaliate against an...