KBY Blog

A reflection on labor and employment laws and issues and their impact on the future.


Small Things Matter

I had a chuckle the other day when I saw someone wearing a teeshirt with the following message:

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Managing Partner: Reflections on Diversity

I had the privilege recently of attending a conference organized by the California Minority Counsel Program.  The purpose of the conference was to promote the development of minority attorneys in the legal community.  Several hundred attorneys throughout the state attended.   

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An Ounce of Prevention

. . . is worth a pound of cure.  We’ve all heard it a thousand times.  Timeworn phrase though it is, the principle behind it is nonetheless true for California employers when it comes to safely navigating the rocks and shoals of California’s employment and wage/hour laws.

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California Adopts Limited Cure for Check Stub Violations

On October 2, 2015, Governor Brown signed as emergency legislation an amendment to the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The amendment allows employers to cure certain technical check stub violations that form the basis of a PAGA claim.

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Get Ready for a New Conversation

With the passage of California SB 358, signed by Governor Brown on October 6, California employers will need to begin preparing for a new conversation with their employees about gender pay equality in the coming year.  California’s existing Equal Pay Act, found at Labor Code § 1197.5, has been substantially strengthened by the Legislature.  The […] Continue reading

Abandoning The Billable Hour Crutch

Associates in law firms almost universally bemoan billable hour requirements. It’s frequently cited as the No. 1 thing attorneys hate about the practice of law. Yet, weaning young professionals from the billable hours performance metric can be a challenge. Why?

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