Karen Reinhold

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Karen Reinhold specializes in representing employers on employment-related matters. She is the Co-chair of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment Law Department. Karen served for 15 years as in-house employment and trial counsel for a large publicly traded corporation and also practice law for many years with a large multinational law firm. In addition to providing advice and counsel on a broad range of employment-related legal issues, Karen has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, having successfully tired many employment or employment-related cases to jury verdict in state and federal court.

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Most Silicon Valley Middle Market company employers know that the California Labor Code and the Wage Orders generally require an employer to provide certain meal periods and rest breaks to non-exempt employees during their work day and that failure to do so results in a penalty equal to an additional one hour of pay for each violation.  According to California law, an employee must be relieved of all duties during their meal period and their rest…
Many California Middle Market employers, especially those in Silicon Valley, utilize independent contractors to fulfill job openings, to generate payroll savings for their businesses, and to avoid the administrative hassles associated with the traditional employment relationship.  Whether a worker can be validly classified as an independent contractor depends on certain legal criteria, however, not merely the desires of the parties.  In the wake of the California Supreme Court’s decision last week in Dynamex Operations West,…
Middle Market employers in Silicon Valley need to be familiar not only with the state minimum wage, but also any local minimum wage laws that may be applicable to them, and on July 1, a few cities, including San Jose, San Francisco and Emeryville, had new minimum wages go into effect: City Minimum Wage San Francisco $14 per hour San Jose $12 per hour Emeryville $14 per hour for employers with 55 or fewer employees;…
Employers in California, especially those in the Middle Market, are all too familiar with the tidal wave of wage and hour litigation they have confronted over the past decade plus – claims alleging misclassification, unpaid overtime, meal period and rest break violations, and pay stub violations, to name just a few.  A new decision from the California Supreme Court addresses claims based on long-ignored Labor Code statutes regarding days of rest.  Although the decision is…
Last fall, California voters approved Proposition 64, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for persons 21 and older.  In the wake of Proposition 64’s passage, many employers have been puzzled about the impact of the new law upon their human resources practices.  The good news is that Proposition 64 should not have a substantial effect on employers. Our firm recently sent out a client alert that goes into greater detail about what the new law…