It’s a familiar story, a common event…Picture This! It’s December 2009 and you’re in sunny San Diego, California. As the end of the year approaches, you decide to get into the holiday spirit by hosting a Holiday Party for your employees.  You of course intend to serve alcohol. After all, you want to keep things.. read more →

Employers have been accustomed to recovering attorneys’ fees when they prevail in wage and hour claims brought under California Labor Code section 218.5. That provision required a court in any action brought for the nonpayment of wages, fringe benefits, or health and welfare or pension fund contributions, to award reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs to.. read more →

For years, arbitration has been the preferred method of employers to resolve employment cases. The reason is simple: litigation is expensive. Defense costs in single-plaintiff employment cases can easily reach $150,000 to $250,000 through trial. As a result, employers have utilized arbitration agreements as a line of defense against these costs. Although arbitration has often.. read more →

Hiring employees can be a pain in the you know what. So much so that often hiring decisions are made in haste, simply to have a warm body in place. This can lead to the “Better Than Nothing” (BTN) syndrome. And it’s understandable… When you’re short on resources and long on deadlines to get work.. read more →

Almost all employees are considered to be employed at will.  An at will employee can be fired at any time, for almost any reason, except under the following circumstances: 1.  You cannot fire someone in retaliation for the exercise of a statutory right, such as filing a workers’ compensation claim. 2.  You cannot fire someone.. read more →