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California Enacts Statewide Law Restricting Inquiries into Applicants’ Salary History

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a statewide salary history inquiry law that will largely restrict employers in the state from seeking and relying upon salary history information from applicants during the hiring process. The law, which will go into effect on January 1, 2018 and will apply to all private and public … Continue Reading

Detention Officers’ State Law Wage Claims Were Not Subject To Exclusive Federal Remedy

Naranjo v. Spectrum Sec. Services, 172 Cal. App. 4th 654 (2009) Gustavo Naranjo worked as a detention officer for Spectrum, which provides security services in holding facilities and detention centers throughout Los Angeles County under a contract with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). The terms of Spectrum’s contract with ICE rely on wage and … Continue Reading

Company’s Proposed Payments To Corporate Officials Were Not Subject To Retention Under Sarbanes-Oxley Act

SEC v. Gemstar-TV Guide Int’l, 367 F.3d 1087 (9th Cir. 2004) As part of its announced plans to restructure its management and corporate governance, Gemstar-TV Guide entered into negotiations for termination agreements with its CEO and CFO. The CEO’s termination agreement provided for a “termination fee” of $22.45 million, an additional $7.03 million in unpaid … Continue Reading

Employee Failed To State RICO Claim Based On Alleged Mail Fraud

Miller v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 358 F.3d 616 (9th Cir. 2004) Christopher Miller, who worked for Yokohama Tire Corporation for 11 years before his termination, alleged that he was denied overtime pay as a result of a “fraudulent scheme” on the part of his employer. Miller further alleged that Yokohama mailed him and other improperly … Continue Reading

Large Grocer May Have Made Unlawful Deductions From Employees’ Bonus Plan

Ralphs Grocery Co. v. Superior Court, 112 Cal. App. 4th 1090 (2003) David Swanson, a former store manager at a Ralphs grocery store, filed a class action against Ralphs for alleged violations of the California Labor Code and the Unfair Competition Law (Business and Professions Code Section 17200). Swanson alleged that Ralphs had violated the law by making … Continue Reading
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