Spring in California can only mean one thing, and no, it’s not Coachella, Dodgers games or even the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano—it’s the annual release of the California Chamber of Commerce’s list of “Job Killer Bills.”

Once again, this list proves that former California Governor Jerry Brown had it right when he wrote in a legislative veto message: “Not every

As the economy continues to struggle amidst the ravages of 40-year-high inflation, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their current staffing levels.

While the tech industry has been the epicenter for layoffs thus far, a growing number of industries are being affected as well, including banking, financial, and legal services, and media outlets.

The trend for mass job cuts appears to be accelerating.

Following a change in control (a sale, transfer or other disposition) of a supermarket or other grocery establishment, the successor grocery employer will be required to maintain a preferential hiring list of eligible grocery workers composed of former employees of the selling entity. The successor employer shall hire from the preferential hiring list for the first 90 days after the grocery establishment is fully operational

Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Lab., 554 U.S. 84, 128 S. Ct. 2395 (2008)

When the United States government ordered Knolls (one of the contractors that maintains the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships) to reduce its workforce, the company conducted an involuntary reduction in force, resulting in the layoff of 31 employees, 30 of whom were age 40 or older. Twenty-eight of the laid-off

Bader v. Northern Line Layers, Inc., 503 F.3d 813 (9th Cir. 2007)

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”) requires employers to give employees at least 60 days’ notice in the event of a plant closing or mass layoff at a “single site of employment.” The issue in this case was whether the site of employment of the construction worker-plaintiffs was the company’s

Deveraturda v. Globe Aviation Sec. Services, 454 F.3d 1043 (9th Cir. 2006)

Virgil Deveraturda and other similarly situated employees, who were employed by Globe Airport Security Services to provide screening services at San Jose International Airport, were laid off as a result of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001. The employees were not given the 60 days’ notice provided under the WARN

Kelly v. Stamps.com Inc., 135 Cal. App. 4th 1088 (2006)

Megan Kelly was discharged as the vice president of marketing of Stamps.com when she was seven months’ pregnant as part of a company-wide reorganization and reduction in force. Within a year of Kelly’s hire in October of 1999, the company suffered a precipitous 93 percent reduction in its stock value and, in order to

MacIsaac v. Waste Mgmt. Collection & Recycling, Inc., 134 Cal. App. 4th 1076 (2005)

North Bay Disposal Corporation purchased from Empire Waste Management a contract to provide waste disposal services to the City of Santa Rosa. As part of the agreement, Empire Waste transferred to North Bay one mechanic and 41 garbage truck drivers who would drive the same routes for the City, use

Childress v. Darby Lumber, Inc., 357 F.3d 1000 (9th Cir. 2004)

Darby Lumber, Inc. (DLI) operated as a lumber mill and manufactured, marketed, and sold finished lumber. DLI owned 100 percent of the stock of Bob Russell Construction (BRC). During the 12 months prior to BRC’s closure, DLI employed 88 employees, each with more than 1,000 hours of employment with the company, and BRC