Labor and Employment

Wage Statement Violations Now Strict Liability In PAGA Actions?

October 16, 2017 | Bulletin No. 127417.1

In Lopez v. Friant & Associates, LLC, the Court of Appeal of the First District recently addressed a relatively narrow issue, but one that is relevant to all employers – wage statement violations.  This decision is a blow to employers as it allows employees to establish liability for wage statement violations under PAGA without showing injury or employer fault.

Governor Brown Passes Bill Providing For New Parental Leave Rights For Employees Of Small Employers

October 12, 2017 | Bulletin No. 127416.1

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers employing 20 or more persons will be required to provide their employees with new parental leave rights following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.

Breakfast Briefing: Wage & Hour Compliance

Event Information


Thursday, November 16

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration

8:30 - 9:30 am Program


Kronick - Sacramento Office

400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814


Kronick is pleased to provide a discussion about the nuts and bolts of wage and hour compliance. In addition, this program will help employers and HR professionals gain a more thorough understanding of the various exemptions available under California law and learn how to conduct a legally strong exemption analysis. 

Kronick shareholder Chris Onstott will provide attendees with key information about federal and state wage and hour laws, including:


Human Resource Law From Start to Finish

Event Information

Date & Location:

Monday, November 6 - Oakland

Wednesday, November 8 - Sacramento

Organized By:

National Business Institute (NBI)

Program Overview:

Kronick Shareholder Christopher Onstott will discuss current developments in workplace behavior and privacy as well as the necessary documentation for discipline and discharge. 


Federal Judge Strikes Down Department of Labor Overtime Rule

September 5, 2017 | Bulletin No. 127412.1

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, a federal district judge in Texas struck down an Obama Administration rule from the Department of Labor that would have extended overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers across the country.

The rule would have increased the minimum annual salary for “white-collar” exemptions from $23,660 to $47,476. In other words, employers would have been required to pay overtime to workers earning less than $47,476 annually, rather than $23,660, greatly extending overtime pay.

Claims for Unpaid Wages Brought Under PAGA Subject To Arbitration

August 24, 2017 | Bulletin No. 127411.1

A California Court of Appeal recently held that claims for unpaid wages under Labor Code section 558 may be compelled to arbitration even when brought under the auspices of the Private Attorneys' General Act (PAGA). PAGA allows employees to bring representative actions on behalf of the state against employers for violations of the Labor Code. Among other things, PAGA allows for the recovery of “civil penalties,” a term of art, in which 75% of the recovery goes to the state, with the remainder going to the employees.

Prop 64 - Legalized Marijuana Impact on Work Place Policies

Event Information


December 6


JW Marriott at Union Square, San Francisco

Sponsored By:

California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC)

Program Overview:

Kronick Shareholder Chris Onstott will present at the CIHC 27th Annual Professional Development Seminar on Wednesday, December 6th in San Francisco. 


California Legislature Requires Public Employers to Provide Union Access to New Employees

August 3, 2017 | Bulletin No. 127410.1

Governor Brown signed a budget trailer bill, AB 119, on June 27, 2017, which stated, among its many provisions, that “the ability of an exclusive representative to communicate with the public employees it represents is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of state labor relations statutes, and the exclusive representative cannot properly discharge its legal obligations unless it is able to meaningfully communicate through cost-effective and efficient means with the public employees on whose behalf it acts.” (Gov.

Fair Labor Standards Act Boot Camp

Event Information


Thursday, December 7


Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey


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