Legal Updates

Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Increase for City of San Diego

On June 7, 2016, voters approved “Proposition I,” which is set to raise the minimum wage in the City of San Diego and provide the opportunities for workers to earn up to 5 paid sick days (40 hours) per year. While the official results are still being tabulated and...

California Minimum Wage increase

On April 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.  This Client Alert will give you an overview of what to expect and the salary impacts this will have on both non-exempt (hourly)...

AB 987 – Reasonable Accommodation

AB 987 states that an employee’s request for an accommodation for a disability or for religious reasons is considered a “protected activity” for a retaliation claim under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).  The FEHA applies to all California...

SB 600 – Additional Protected Classes in Unruh Civil Rights Act

The Unruh Civil Rights Act is already existing law in California, and is aimed at preventing discrimination.  Originally passed in 1959, the provisions of the law have been expanded over time to prevent discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry,...

SB 358 – California Fair Pay Act

California enacted one of the most comprehensive fair pay act in the country, which seeks to remedy the wage gap between male and female employees. California law already requires employers to pay men and women working in the same location equal pay for the same job. ...

AB 1506 – Amendment to California’s Private Attorney General Act

AB 1506 affects one of California strangest and most peculiar laws – the Private Attorney General Act, or PAGA.  AB 1506 became effective on the date that Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, which was October 2, 2015. PAGA was enacted in 2004 as a way to...

AB 893 – Labeling Requirements – “Beer Brand Registration”

This bill dramatically streamlines the label approval process in California. It removes the previously used and time-consuming approval process and allows breweries to sell beer as soon as a label registration is filed, without the need for any further action or...

Increase in the Minimum Wage

As of January 1, 2016, the required minimum wage for most of California will increase to $10.00 per hour.  If you are in a city or county that has approved a higher minimum wage rate, you are required to compensate employees at that higher rate. This wage increase...

AB 780 – Advertising of Retailers

AB 780 – Advertising of Retailers This bill updates advertising rules in regards to retailers. Currently, a manufacturer may list the contact information of on-sale retailers that carry its beer so long as (1) it is done in response to a direct consumer inquiry and...

AB 774 – Farmers’ Markets Tastings and Non-Profit Privileges

The newly passed farmers’ market permit for beer manufacturers is getting an early renovation.  While wine growers were already allowed to offer instructional tastings at farmers’ market, beer manufacturers were previously denied the privilege.  This bill rectifies...

AB 527 and AB 1320 – County Specific Event Privileges

Currently, there is an exception to the restrictive tied-house regulations that allows beer manufacturers and other license types in Los Angeles County to sponsor events and purchase advertising directly from or on behalf of “live entertainment marketing companies.” ...

AB776 – The “Parking Lot Party”

This bill actually enacts several changes, though the most widely discussed is already being referred to as the “Parking Lot Bill.”  That aspect of the bill makes long-standing wine privileges a reality for beer manufacturers through a “Brewery Event Permit.”  The...

“Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP)”

The California State Water Resources Control Board issued the Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP) in 2014 and began implementation of the new law in July, August, and October, of 2015. Regional Boards vary in their implementation of the permit. Craft breweries...