Workplace Gambling – its Not Just Fun and Games

With March Madness approaching, it is not an uncommon situation for office pools to be organized by co-workers. While this may seem like a fun and harmless workplace activity, promoting teamwork and enhancing morale, such “gambling” actually can place the employees and the company at risk for criminal penalties. California Penal Code Section 337a makes… Continue Reading


Firm News

Cynthia Elkins was recently profiled in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Each year the SFVBJ has a focus on law firms in the San Fernando Valley. Cynthia was interviewed about her involvement as an advisor to the State Bar Executive Committee on Solo and Small Firms. Cynthia recently settled a wage and hour claim… Continue Reading


Top HR Issues to Address in 2011

Update the Handbook:. Time flies so has it been a few years since you last reviewed and updated your employee handbook? 2011 might the year to add or revise policies relating to: cell phone use at work and on the road; use of social networking media at work; the recent revisions to the FMLA and… Continue Reading


Wage and Hour Division Creates Attorney Referral System

In a move that has employers concerned about increased wage and hour litigation, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the American Bar Association (ABA), has created an Attorney Referral System which will provide referrals to local “attorney referral programs” so that employees who wish to pursue… Continue Reading


Automatic Deductions for Meal Periods Are Not Permitted

An increasing number of wage and hour lawsuits and administrative wage claims before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement include claims based upon the automatic deduction of meal periods. In many instances, employees do not actually clock out and in for lunch. As a result, the time records do not properly and accurately reflect a… Continue Reading