California-based employers and out-of-state employers with employees in California should immediately review their policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with the new laws, most of which will be effective January 1, 2017.
A recent dispute in New York City demonstrates that employers must think carefully about the potentially unintended consequences of their workforce management decisions. A routine choice to subcontract support services can quickly become a complicated fight over work rules, fair wages and union representation, given conditions such as those experienced by WeWork, a fast-growing startup.
Healthcare class actions, most notably those involving wage and hour claims, are increasingly challenging matters for employers. The California Court of Appeal’s recent response in one such case demonstrates the unexpected role that policies and procedures can play in determining whether the courts grant class action status.