EXHIBITOR AND SPEAKER: PIHRA 2019 LEGAL UPDATE

January 16th, 2019/By Admin/In Firm Events

Tharpe & Howell, LLP will be an exhibitor at the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) 2019 Legal Update Conferences to be held on January 10, 2019 (Anaheim Hilton), January 16, 2019 (Riverside Convention), January 22, 2019 (Burbank Marriott), and on January 30, 2019 (La Jolla Marriott).  Over 1,000 human resources professionals and business owners attend the annual Legal Update series, which highlight 2019 changes in California and federal laws.  If you will be at the conference, please stop by our table to say hello to members of our Firm’s employment litigation team. Read More

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW: LEGAL UPDATE FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS

December 31st, 2018/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG, Uncategorized

Topics for this Month include:

  • Changes to the Law to Remember for 2019
  • Unenforceable Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Armendariz Requirements Expanded to Non-Employee Arbitration Agreements
  • When Commute Time is Compensatory
  • And more . . .

Don’t forget these new requirements going into effect in 2019:

  • Minimum wage increase: State minimum wage increases to $12 per hour for employers with 26+ employees and $11 per hour for employers with 25 or less employees. This also means minimum salary to be exempt is now $49,920 for large employers and $45,760 for small employers.
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Congratulations To Our New Partners

December 10th, 2018/By Dan Dankberg/In Firm News

Tharpe & Howell, LLP is pleased to announce that Stacey Miller, Diana Rivera, and Heather McKeon have become Partners in the Firm effective August 2018.


Stacey’s practice includes representation of institutional and real estate clients in the areas of creditor bankruptcy representation, asset recovery and protection, leasing matters, and landlord/tenant disputes. View Profile »


Diana is a veteran trial attorney whose practice centers around general liability defense of premises liability, automobile (first and third party), and construction defect matters.  Read More

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW: LEGAL UPDATE FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS

November 03rd, 2018/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG, Uncategorized

Topics for this Month include:

– Summary of New Employment Laws for 2019

A “Split Decision” on Applying Dynamex’s “ABC” Test

Individual Liability for PAGA Penalties

And more . . .

Legislative/Regulatory Update

This is it – the moment you have been waiting for. Here is a list of the bills Governor Brown signed into law in September that will become effective on January 1, 2019:

AB 1565:       Modifies Labor Code §218.7 regarding construction contractors’ liability for subcontractor’s failure to pay wages or benefits; requires contracts to identify documentation required to be provided before withholding payments to subcontractor pursuant to §218.7. Read More

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW: LEGAL UPDATE FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS

August 02nd, 2018/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG, Uncategorized

Topics for this Month include:

– CA Supreme Court Rejects De Minimis Doctrine

– Rounding Policies

– Unions Can No Longer Require Non-Members to Pay Fees

– Update on CA Employment Law Related Bills

And more . . .

Federal De Minimis Doctrine Not Recognized in California

In another significant blow to California employers, the California Supreme Court has held that the state’s Labor Code and Wage Orders do not recognize the federal de minimis doctrine, under which employers do not have to pay employees for work-related activities amounting to an insignificant amount of time if it is too burdensome to keep track of that time.  Read More

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