Determining the Amount of Exemplary/Punitive Damages

In California, a claim for punitive damages is broken down into two phases. The first phase is generally the trial to determine the liability of the defendant and the amount of compensatory damages that should be paid. The second phase is the determination of what exemplary/economic damages should be paid. The amoun...

California Employment Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in 2020

California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Part 1. Arbitration Agreements According to California Employment Law Report, California passed several new employment laws in 2019 that will take effect on the first of January 2020 – with limited exceptions. This is the first of a series of write-ups...

New Ninth Circuit Ruling Applies Dynamex Decision Retroactively – Making It Hard to Say Workers aren’t Employees

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 2, 2019, that the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision can be applied retroactively. Dynamex changed the rules in the new gig economy – the sector of the economy that uses apps to help drive business while giving workers flexible hours. Both the Dynamex decision and...