Written by Karl Gerber on . Posted in Blog

Karl Gerber has represented Los Angeles plaintiffs in employment litigation since 1993. He has mediated more than 1,000 full day mediations with all levels of mediators. While most articles about mediation are by mediators, about what practitioners should do at mediation, this is an article written by a practitioner to mediators.


At the scheduled start time, the mediator should be with all parties, or physically acknowledge all parties present within five minutes of the scheduled start time. Every human being, from a minimum wage worker to an executive of a Fortune 500 company, does not like sitting in a room for ten minutes to an hour from the scheduled start time before meeting the mediator and it being explained what is going on.

Federal Labor Secretary In Los Angeles

Written by Karl Gerber on . Posted in Blog

Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, stopped in Los Angeles in order to kick off his pre-Labor-Day national tour to champion higher minimum wages. Last year, around this time, when the Federal Labor Secretary stopped in Los Angeles to urge higher minimum wage, I started to report on minimum wage. One year later I have written number of articles on minimum wage. Some of them on this topic include: for the Northern California area for the Federal and State level for San Diego Minimum Wage controversy

I have written more articles on all of the hoopla surrounding minimum wage hikes. These three I easily remember. What has come of all of this Democratic interest in minimum wage, constantly met with Republican and alleged small business opposition?

  •   An executive order hiking Federal Minimum Wage for employees who are contractors with the United States Government
  •   A California statewide increase to $9.00 an hour as of July 1, 2014 with more increases coming

Must Interns Be Paid?

Written by Karl Gerber on . Posted in Blog, Unpaid Wages

Labor lawyers advise whether an intern should be paid depends on the following factors:

  • The extent to which the internship provides training similar to the training typically given by an educational institute. This may be hard to meet because most Lawyer For Internseducational facilities do not offer real office work. In addition, internships are usually not classroom experiences, or online education.
  • The degree to which the internship experience benefits the intern rather than the employer. If the Intern is mostly reading case files and then turning in a report for a professor this may not benefit the sponsor of the internship, but how many internships operate in this fashion?
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