25 Years And Counting!

by Gerald Sauer Sauer & Wagner LLP is celebrating its 25th anniversary. This milestone could not have been achieved without the devotion of our clients, colleagues, and friends. We thank each and every one of you for your support over the years!   The firm was founded on Law Day back on May 1, 1997. Law Day was established […]

January 2022 Employment Law Update

by Sonya Goodwin Happy New Year! With the start of 2022 comes new and revised employment laws affecting California employers. Below is a summary of just a few of the highlights. As this is a non-exhaustive list, please reach out if you have any questions about how these new laws might affect your business. Cal-OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards […]

Cal. Supreme Court Rules Meal Period and Rest Break Premiums To Be Paid At OT Regular Rate

by Sonya Goodwin Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC that California employers must pay meal period and rest break premiums at the same “regular rate” that applies to the payment of overtime.  Under California law, when a non-exempt employee is not provided with a fully compliant 30-minute […]

Cal/OSHA Approves Revisions to COVID-19 Workplace Standards

by Sonya Goodwin As predicted, Cal/OSHA approved revisions to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) on June 17, and Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order to make the amended ETS effective as soon as it is filed with the Secretary of State. A few of the changes are highlighted below: Mask Requirements: Vaccinated employees do not have […]

FAQs for Employers Welcoming Employees Back to the Workplace

by Gerald Sauer and Sonya Goodwin In anticipation of California’s economy opening back up on June 15, we have received many questions about how to welcome workers back into the office and what the current guidance is on COVID-19 related issues. While the guidance is ever changing, below are answers to some of the frequently asked […]

Employment Law Update – COVID-19: SUPPLEMENTAL SICK LEAVE AND RULES CONCERNING THE WORKPLACE

by Gerald Sauer and Sonya Goodwin Supplemental Sick Leave Bill Governor Newsom signed SB 95 on March 19 which requires an additional 80 hours of paid sick leave, retroactive to January 1, 2021, for employees who work for public or private employers with more than 25 employees.  Employees are entitled to leave for the following reasons:  […]

Litigation Update – COVID-19’s Impact on Jury Trials and Civil Court Rules

by Gregory Barchie The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has brought jury trials in California to a standstill. As a result, the number of criminal and civil cases on the courts’ dockets continues to grow exponentially. Since criminal jury trials have priority, civil jury trials will be forced to take a back seat for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, […]

California Employment Law Update

by Sonya Goodwin We are now six months into the pandemic and various social distancing orders, and in that time, the California legislature has passed quite a few employment laws, some of which are COVID-related.  Below is a summary of these new laws and amendments to current laws.  COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for Employers Under AB […]

Return to Work Plans During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Sonya Goodwin As the economy has started to open back up, employers of all kinds should have a return to work plan in place to prepare for the inevitable return of employees to the workplace. Here are just some tips on how to plan for that return: Communicate, communicate, communicate Many people are experiencing heightened […]

Celebrating Its 23rd Anniversary – S&W Promotes Three New Partners and Launches New Website

by Gerald Sauer On the 23rd anniversary of its founding, Sauer & Wagner LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Gregory Barchie, Amir Torkamani and Sonya Goodwin to Partner.   Gregory Barchie has substantially litigated commercial, entertainment, real estate, employment, and intellectual property disputes in federal and state courts and in private arbitrations. Greg joined […]

Planning for the Coronavirus in the Workplace

by Sonya Goodwin Planning for the Coronavirus in the Workplace With the recent news that there are now Coronavirus cases coast to coast, how to avoid getting infected is undoubtedly on everyone’s mind.  Employers and employees alike are battling how to deal with the Coronavirus in the workplace, from how to avoid infection, to how […]

Judge Orders Preliminary Injunction on Law Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in California

by Gerald Sauer Earlier this month, a District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction on the enforcement of Assembly Bill 51 (“AB 51”), the new law that prohibits mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment context.   The business groups that filed suit against the bill argued that it was preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) […]

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

by Gerald Sauer The new year has brought with it many changes in the law that affect employers and employees in California.  One of those laws, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), became effective January 1, 2020 and will be enforced starting July 1, 2020.  The law, enacted in 2018, requires for-profit businesses (including most […]

Employment Law Update – California’s Prohibition Against Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Remains On Hold

by Gerald Sauer Last Friday, a federal judge ordered that the temporary restraining order precluding the State of California from enforcing Assembly Bill 51 (“AB 51”), the new law that prohibits mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment context, shall remain in place for now.  The judge initially granted a temporary restraining order on December 30, […]