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Apr 17, 2019

What do Duke and North Carolina have in common with the nation’s favorite fast food chains? In this podcast, we'll discuss this and how to protect your business with no-poach and non-solicitation agreements.

Jan 7, 2019

This is a question we get from employers a lot, “How do we compensate employees for travel time to
the job site? The reason they’re asking is partly because of the lack of legislative guidance on the subject
of travel pay. And it’s especially tricky when there’s not a fixed work site involved, as is often the case in
the construction industry.
But thanks to a November 2018 California Appellate Court decision, we finally have some helpful
guidance on compensable time for employees who are provided with company vehicles.

Aug 10, 2017

In this installment of Cook Brown's series of podcasts on employment, construction, and labor law issues for California employers, partner Brian Bertoss talks about payment remedies available to construction contractors on construction projects performed in California.

Jun 1, 2017

California is a battleground for wage and hour litigation. There are a number of reasons why.  One is the difficulty that even the best intentioned employers have managing and enforcing meal and rest breaks for hourly employees.  What does the law say? Cook Brown Partner Terry Wills looks at California meal and rest break law and offers steps that employers can take to enhance compliance.

May 31, 2017

Retaliation claims by employees against their employers are easy claims to make and difficult to defend.  They are now, in fact, the most common employment claim asserted against employers, ahead of discrimination and harassment claims. Why, and what can an employer do to guard against them?   In this podcast, Cook Brown Partner Barbara Cotter discusses retaliation claims  – the grounds for these claims, how and when they are alleged, and the policies that employers can enact to help avoid them.

May 17, 2017

Poorly drafted handbooks can run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act when they overstep certain employee rights. Steve McCutcheon looks at the case of In-and-Out Burger and the "Fight for $15" button.

Aug 17, 2016
Aug 16, 2016

Hello. Welcome to the Cook Brown Labor and Employment Law Podcast. I’m Lisa Ryan, a partner here at the firm. Cook Brown is a California-based labor and employment law firm. We represent public and private sector employers in everything from routine advice to complex class action litigation.

We also represent employers who have operations in a variety of states. But employers doing business in the Golden State are confronted with more legal challenges from their employees than are those in just about any other state. Really, almost all of them. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

I’m going to share some insights about a few of the litigation trends we’re seeing in our practice in 2016. They’re based on three particular state laws. The goal of this podcast is to give you an overall heads-up on the most common legal vulnerabilities employers are facing here in California.

  • First is the California’s Private Attorney General Act.
  • Second are California’s meal and rest break requirements.
  • And third are pay stub violations.

Before we start, I’d like to remind you that this podcast is for general informational purposes only. It doesn’t create an attorney-client relationship between Cook Brown and the listener, should not be treated as advice specific to your situation. And whether inside or outside of California, it is important that you consult a local attorney for specific advice.

Jun 1, 2016

California is not a friendly place for employers, and it is not a matter of whether an employer will be forced to deal with an employee claim, it is a matter of when. That makes it important for employers to understand some key points about alternative dispute resolution, and whether and how it can be a more efficient and reasonable solution that a formal court dispute. In this podcast, Steve McCutcheon explains the difference between arbitration and mediation, and what the arbitration process involves