The San Diego City Council recently approved an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017. This wage increase will take effect incrementally over a three-year period, putting San Diego ahead of California’s minimum wage beginning in January 2015 at the rate of $9.50 per hour. In addition to its wage increase, the ordinance includes numerous sick pay provisions that will affect both employers and employees. For an in-depth discussion of the ordinance, see our blog post, “City of San Diego Imposes Minimum Wage Hike and Sick Pay Ordinance.”
The “additional insured” provision is one of the most critical provisions in a contract, yet is usually an afterthought. Contract negotiations over scope, schedule, and budget can and should demand your full attention, but the majority of legal problems that arise during and after a construction project are impacted by a one or two-sentence clause, usually tucked in at the end of an indemnification or insurance section, sometimes as part of a boilerplate provision . . . in other words, an afterthought.
Court Finds Labor Code Applies Even To Short Assignments A unanimous California Supreme Court recently held that California-based employers must pay out-of-state resident employees pursuant to the more restrictive provisions of the California Labor Code even if these employees only visit the state on a limited, temporary basis. The unanimous decision held that the state’s
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to same-sex partners. In a 5-to-4 ruling in United States v. Windsor, the court held that “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” This decision is likely to have profound impact in the area of immigration law.