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Independent Contractor: A Costly Misclassification

Businesses beware: there are serious risks for the company that misclassifies its employees as independent contractors. The temptation to classify workers as independent contractors is high because of the potential cost savings for the business, but companies should carefully assess the nature of their relationships with their workers ...

Q & A: How Does the Brinker Decision Affect an Employer’s Obligation to Provide Meal and Rest Breaks?

In 2012, the California Supreme Court finally handed down its highly-anticipated decision in Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court, 53 Cal. 4th 1004 (2012) (“Brinker”). The case clarified what an employer’s duties are regarding its employees meal and rest breaks. With review granted in 2008, the long-awaited decision...