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MEDIA ADVISORY: Employers Navigate Treacherous California Waters as They Comply with Recent Labor & Employment Law Developments


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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP presents ‘Year in Review’ update; COVID compliance, severance agreements and pay practices among biggest changes to California labor and employment law in 2021

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the nation awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision over vaccine mandates and how they will affect large companies, human resources and legal professionals continue to grapple with these and other significant developments in labor and employment law in 2021.

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“COVID compliance obligations have, by far, caused the most challenges among employers in the past year, as they are ever-changing and often overlapping from a state and local perspective,” said Jeremy Mittman, labor and employment partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. “It’s been very difficult for legal and HR compliance teams to keep up.”

Other major developments in California law include changes employers need to make to confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions in severance agreements. Recent California court decisions have also affected the way employers need to calculate employee’s pay, such as issues with rounding of employee time and meal-period penalties.

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“There are significant costs and implications to calculating these penalties which many employers haven’t previously considered,” Mittman added. “Compliance on these issues has occupied a large portion of our clients’ time in the past year and will continue to be a challenge in the new year.”

Los Angeles-based law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp will present its annual labor and employment ‘Year in Review’ tomorrow, January 12, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT to provide practical insights and guidance to HR and legal professionals on key developments from 2021 and what is to come in 2022. Media can attend this event by registering here.

Jeremy Mittman is available for interviews following the event.

About Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Since 1908, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MSK) has proven its ability to understand the complex, demystify the mysterious, and define the unknown. With more than 130 lawyers and offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., MSK is often distinguished as a “go-to” firm by industry and legal insiders and has extensive experience in a variety of practice areas, including Entertainment & IP Litigation, International Disputes, Labor & Employment, Motion Picture, Television & Music Transactions, Immigration, Corporate Securities, Regulatory, Tax, Trusts & Estates, Real Estate and International Trade. Relentlessly innovative, our lawyers have developed groundbreaking legislation, established influential precedents, and shaped the legal landscape. For more information, visit www.msk.com.


MSK Media Contact:
Laura Gingiss


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