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Alejandra Jimenez has experience in a variety of litigation matters, including employment litigation and general commercial disputes.

On January 1, 2024, California’s state minimum wage will increase to $16 per hour for all employers. This minimum wage rate applies to all employees, subject to a few limited exceptions. Correspondingly, exempt employees in California must earn no less than two times the state’s minimum wage, or an annual salary of no less than $66,560 (or $1,280 per week) to meet this threshold requirement. Employers should post the Minimum Wage Order and the Wage Order applicable to their workplace at a worksite area accessible to employees. The wage orders can be downloaded and printed from the workplace postings page on the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) website here.Continue Reading California’s Minimum Wage Increases on January 1, 2024

San Mateo County (the County) enacted a new minimum wage ordinance that took effect April 1, 2023. The County’s minimum wage is an hourly rate of $16.50. Beginning January 1, 2024, and each January thereafter there will be increases in the rate.

The new ordinance applies to the unincorporated areas of the County, but not the city of San Mateo or other cities within the County that have their own minimum wage ordinances.Continue Reading New Minimum Wage Ordinance in San Mateo County, California

Recently, a California court of appeal held that employees can pursue Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims for violations of California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHF) (Labor Code § 245 et seq.) The HWHF generally requires employers provide eligible employees at least three paid sick days per year. Enforcement of this requirement is the responsibility of the labor commissioner and attorney general, and employers who do not comply may be subject to compensatory and liquid damages. They also may incur civil penalties under section 248.5. Section 248.5(e), which states “any person or entity enforcing this article on behalf of the public as provided for under applicable state law shall, upon prevailing, be entitled only to equitable, injunctive, or restitutionary relief . . . .” (emphasis added). The interpretation of the italicized language became the core of the dispute in this recent case.Continue Reading California Court of Appeal Opens New Pathway for Private Attorneys General Act Claims

California’s Senate Bill 1162, a pay transparency law aimed at identifying pay disparities based on gender, ethnicity, and race, went into effect on January 1, 2023. Last week, the California Civil Rights Department (CRD), the state agency tasked with enforcing California’s civil rights laws, updated their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to reflect the resulting changes to the state’s pay data reporting requirements. Continue Reading California Civil Rights Department Updates FAQs on New California Pay Transparency Law

Each year, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) updates the minimum pay requirements for certain exempt professions. This October, the DIR updated the 2023 rates for computer software employees and licensed physicians and surgeons. The new rates will go into effect on January 1, 2023, and reflect the 7.6% increase in the California Consumer

On June 3, 2021, California’s Occupational Safety & Healthy Standards Board approved significant revisions to the initial COVID-19-related Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) originally implemented on November 19, 2020 (see Perkins Coie’s previous blog post here). The amended regulations can be found here and will likely become effective on June 15, 2021, pending review by