North State SHRM News & Legal Updates
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The holiday season is upon us – a time when many companies (and/or managers) may be organizing holiday parties, decorating offices, throwing off-site parties or holding secret gift exchanges among coworkers. Many employers, however, do not realize the risks involved with celebrating the holidays and its festivities, including the potential for inadvertently involving religion or culture-specific activities and discussions in company-sponsored events.
There are several issues employers should proactively watch and plan for during this holiday season.
Employees who alleged they remained in their jobs after the employer made oral promises of a bonus upon completion of the sale of the company, which bonus was never paid, had adequately pled claims for promissory fraud (concealment), breach of contract and promissory estoppel, the California Court of Appeal ruled, reversing dismissal of those causes of action.
As common issues predominated regarding whether the employer had a policy of denying compensation for certain pre-shift work in violation of California’s wage and hour laws, denial of class certification was not appropriate, the California Court of Appeal ruled, reversing the lower court.