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...

New Bill Seeks to End Mandatory Arbitration Contracts

Vox reported in Mid-November 2018, that the federal House of Representatives is considering a new law which will ban businesses from forcing workers to sign mandatory arbitration clauses before they could be hired. New York Representative Jerrold Nadler and other House Democrats introduced a bill called the Restoring J...

New California Law Requires that Women Be on the Boards of Public Corporations

A new law, Senate Bill 826 will change the way corporate boards operate. The law, enacted in 2018, requires that a publicly-held corporation based in California must, by the end of 2019, have at least one woman on the board of directors of the company. Generally, the shareholders of a corporation elect the board of ...

New Laws for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and Confidentiality – Settlements and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Another law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018 was SB 820. The prior law Prior to the passage of this law, settlement agreements could not have a provision that prevented disclosing factual information, related to a civil action that creates a cause of action - for specific listed sexual offenses. The prior l...