The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a dispute about whether state or federal employment laws applied to an offshore drilling rig worker’s wage and hour claims for time spent on a platform located more than three miles from the California coast.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/sKdr-OibRts/parker-drilling-supreme-court-case-on-state-law-at-outer-continental-shelf.aspx

​California can require employers to deduct pay from employees’ paychecks for a state-sponsored retirement savings plan without running afoul of federal law, a federal judge in California ruled March 29.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/n9VuPpYgoGw/calsavers-retirement-savings-plan-survives-legal-challenge.aspx


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Teachers at a California synagogue preschool were not ministers within the meaning of the First Amendment’s ministerial exception, so they were allowed to proceed with their state-law wage and hour claims.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/zMPGlYl2oMk/synagogue-teacher-wage-claims-not-barred-by-ministerial-exception.aspx

An employee who voluntarily left her job couldn’t sue her former employer for race and age discrimination, the California Court of Appeal ruled. Although the employee claimed that her supervisor made her job so stressful she had no choice but to quit, she didn’t show that a reasonable worker would find the conditions intolerable.

California law significantly restricts employer use of noncompetition agreements, and proposed legislation in the state of Washington seeks to mirror the Golden State’s laws. Here’s what employers need to know.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/ZuguyPCkyLk/are-noncompete-laws-like-california-coming-to-washington-state.aspx

Many employers would agree that sick workers should stay home to recover and that employees should be able to care for ill relatives when needed. But the proliferation of state and local sick-leave laws with different requirements can burden employers with significant administrative and compliance challenges.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/LgwChj7XgkU/paid-sick-leave-laws-continue-to-give-employers-headaches.aspx

The California Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Dynamex Operations v. Superior Court jolted the business world by making it more difficult to designate workers as independent contractors. Proposed legislation would codify the case and add a few exceptions.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/m0OSWXXWAzs/california-bill-would-exempt-certain-occupations-from-dynamex-ruling.aspx

A federal appeals court decision provides guidance to California employers when a labor agreement’s terms are inconsistent with definitions in the state’s overtime law.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/5xuuGJ0I1YA/court-provides-balance-when-a-union-contract-and-state-overtime-law-conflict.aspx

Most employers don’t spend much time reviewing pay statements, but in California, simple technical violations can be costly. Here’s a summary of these technical requirements to help California employers do a quick compliance checkup.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/ssykn6DY93Q/wage-statement-litigation-continues-to-clog-california-courts.aspx