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Client Alerts

The California state legislature, local government entities, and state and federal courts are constantly changing the environment in which our clients operate on a daily basis and plan their future strategic direction. Staying abreast of new laws, regulations and other legal developments – and analyzing the impact on clients – is what makes our attorneys standout as go-to experts. We share breaking-news information through the timely distribution of Client Alerts, and we encourage you to sign up to receive these updates by completing the subscription information in the left column. Our most recent Client Alerts are provided below, alphabetized by area of law.  Prior alerts are available in the annual archives in the left column or via the search function on our website.

Labor and Employment

  • Employment Arbitration Agreements in the Spotlight AgainSeptember 27, 2021The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling that has caused concern among private employers who use mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. Background In October of 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB 51 into law, which prohibited employers from requiring job applicants or current employees to enter into arbitration agreements as a ... read more
  • Another Benefit of Arbitration AgreementsSeptember 1, 2021In most circumstances, private employers benefit when they have arbitration agreements with their employees, because arbitration can resolve disputes more quickly with less expense, and the agreements may even ward off frivolous lawsuits. A recent ruling in favor of a Meyers Nave client demonstrated yet another significant benefit. On August 6, 2021, a San Diego Superior Court Judge granted ... read more
  • Is Your Organization’s Website ADA Compliant? Top 4 Things You Need to KnowAugust 11, 2021The number of lawsuits alleging websites are not accessible as required by the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) has been growing rapidly in California. Businesses and public entities should proactively update their websites to ensure that they are accessible to individuals with disabilities who are visually impaired, blind, or hard of hearing. 1) What Does It Mean for a ... read more
  • California PERB Decision on UC Vaccination MandateAugust 3, 2021In further proof that employers’ efforts to mandate vaccines has gained momentum, on July 26, 2021, the California Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) issued a decision that held that the University of California’s (“UC”) 2020 flu vaccine mandate was either (1) not amenable to bargaining or (2) outweighed the benefit of bargaining. PERB held that the UC’s mandating of ... read more
  • COVID-19 Vaccine MandatesJuly 26, 2021On July 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice released a memorandum that bolsters employers’ efforts to mandate vaccines for its employees to maintain a safe work environment. The memorandum, which does not override state law, makes clear that the COVID-19 vaccines’ FDA emergency use authorization ... read more
  • Immediate Update Required for Calculation of Premiums for Missed Meal and Rest BreaksJuly 23, 2021Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC that further discourages employers from allowing their employees to miss meal, rest, and recovery breaks and potentially opens employers up to significant retroactive liability. Under California law, private employers are ... read more
  • Update on California’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, and OSHAJune 10, 2021In a surprising move, last night, June 9, 2021, in a special meeting, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board withdrew the revisions to Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards that it had just approved on June 3. The Standards Board may consider new ... read more
  • Round 2: Cal/OSHA Revises Emergency Temporary Standards for COVID-19 PreventionJune 9, 2021June 10 Update: Please click here for the latest news. While many employers were expecting that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) would follow the lead of the Center for Disease Control to do away with most masking and ... read more
  • Top 10 Questions about California’s New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law with Retroactive Paid Time OffMarch 24, 2021California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95 on March 19, 2021, which creates new Labor Code section 248.2 and mandates that public and private employers with 26 or more employees provide supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-related absences in addition to paid time ... read more
  • Avoid Costly Timekeeping Errors: California Supreme Court Says Employers May Not Round Meal PeriodsMarch 2, 2021On February 25, 2021, the California Supreme Court issued two important wage and hour rulings regarding meal periods: (1) under California law, employers cannot round time punches to the nearest preset time increment; and (2) time records showing noncompliant meal periods raise a rebuttable presumption of meal period violations. In Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC, Plaintiff Kennedy Donohue ... read more
  • Mandatory vs. Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: What California Employers Need To KnowJanuary 15, 2021Now that COVID-19 vaccines are gradually rolling out, employers are asking if they can – and should – require employees to get vaccinated and are considering what they can do if employees refuse. Q: Can employers require employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations? A: Likely yes, but employers must be prepared to accommodate employees with disabilities and ... read more
  • 2021 Employment Law Update: A Six-Minute Snapshot of What’s New for EmployersJanuary 6, 2021 In a televised interview with KUSI Good Morning San Diego, Meyers Nave Employment Law Principal Arlene Yang provided a six-minute overview of important employment law changes that impact employers in 2021. Arlene discussed COVID-19 related paid leave laws, questions about mandating COVID-19 vaccines, and the California Family ... read more

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Environmental Law

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First Amendment

Transportation and Infrastructure

Housing

  • California’s Density Bonus Law: 2021 UpdateFebruary 17, 2021Legislative Change Increases Density Bonus Amount and Parking Benefits California’s Density Bonus Law provides housing developers with tools to encourage the development of much needed affordable and senior housing. New legislation that took effect on January 1 of this year provides for up to a 50% density bonus to be granted to housing projects consisting of a mix ... read more
  • Eviction Moratorium and Rental Assistance Update: SB 91 Enacts Changes for Landlords and TenantsFebruary 11, 2021The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 91 just days before the State’s existing COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act was set to expire.  In addition to extending the existing eviction moratorium and approving new rental assistance, SB 91 enacts many new and important changes to unlawful detainer law that impact landlords and tenants.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, this is the first time the ... read more