Monday, August 8, 2022

Chief Justice Calls for Homelessness Study

In her State of the Judiciary address this week, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye described how the judicial branch remains accountable, champions the needs...

CalChamber, Business Groups Urge Appeals Court to Uphold Landmark Education Case

The California Chamber of Commerce has joined with other business organizations to file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the landmark decision in Vergara v. California. The...

State Supreme Court Ruling Protects Employers, Preserves Workers’ Comp Exclusivity

The California Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of employers, finding that an employee’s tort claims against a doctor who reviewed workers’ compensation cases...
Judicial Hellholes 2014-2015

California Ranks as No. 2 ‘Judicial Hellhole’

California was identified as the No. 2 “Judicial Hellhole” in the nation, after two years of taking the No. 1 spot, in the latest...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Challenge of California Teacher Union Fee

The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard arguments about the validity of a fee the California Teachers Association (CTA) charges nonunion members to cover...

Timely Economic Analysis of Major Regs Upheld in Unanimous Appeal Court Ruling

State agencies must take seriously the requirement to conduct a timely, accurate economic analysis of major regulations, according to a just-released opinion by the...

High Court Ruling Raises Questions on Passage of Local Special Taxes

How many voters does it take to pass a local special tax? Since Proposition 13 in 1978, voters have had the final say on local...

CalChamber, Past Governors Defend Citizen Redistricting

The California Chamber of Commerce, three former California Governors and California redistricting proponents are supporting the constitutionality of an Arizona voter-approved redistricting commission before...

California Supreme Court Issues Worker-Friendly Overtime Ruling

Overtime pay in California is based on the employee’s “regular rate of pay,” which is not always an employee’s normal hourly wage and must...

CalChamber Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Arizona Redistricting Case​​​​​​

The California Chamber of Commerce today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al. “Today’s decision...

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses State Court to Reinforce Arbitration to Resolve Disputes

Further emphasizing the federal policy favoring arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Supreme Court this week again reversed a California decision...

Workers’ Comp Ruling Reaffirms 2004 Reforms

A recent decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal helps define how factors outside the workplace are to be treated when apportioning the...

Progress on Prop. 65 Acrylamide Warnings

Challenges to Proposition 65 acrylamide warnings scored victories in two cases last month. A California Superior Court judge ruled last month in favor of coffee...

U.S. High Court Deadlocks on Union Fee Case

In a one-sentence ruling on March 29, a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court upheld a system allowing public employers to require nonunion public workers to...

State Supreme Court Will Consider How to Deal With ‘De Minimis’ Time

Employers frequently run into questions regarding counting small, or “de minimis,” periods of time. Lawsuits have been filed over small amounts of uncompensated time...

Don’t Make One Employer Liable for Another’s Misclassification

The California Chamber of Commerce has joined a “friend of the court” brief arguing for the application of the plain meaning of the California...
Federal Update

New Federal Law Prohibits Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment, Assault Claims

Last week, President Joe Biden signed legislation making pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers invalid and unenforceable for claims of sexual harassment or...