Minimum Wage Increases and Loss of Earnings

The State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations has outlined the annual minimum wage increases that will take effect over the next few years. Although this is a statewide requirement, the actual increases vary by ordinances. Below is a comparison of the state’s specified increases and Los Angeles County’s actual increases. For cases that involve an employee who earns minimum wage, these increases are crucial in calculating future loss of earnings. Los Angeles County: State of California Department of Industrial Relations

Immigration Status and Loss of Earnings

On August 17, 2016, Gov. Brown signed AB 2159, which provides that, in civil actions for personal injury or wrongful death, evidence of a person’s immigration status is not admissible and discovery of a person’s immigration status is not permitted. The bill also provides that these restrictions do not affect the standards of relevance, admissibility, or discovery under other specified provisions of law. This is a significant departure from existing law.  Up to now, the courts have been guided by the … Continue reading Immigration Status and Loss of Earnings