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California's Employment Law Class of 2017: The Summarized Laws and Recommendations for Compliance
NEW LAW: Effective January 1, 2018, California employers cannot ask a job applicant about his or her prior salary or seek out an applicant's salary history through a third party.
United States
25 Oct 2017
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California Supreme Court Expands Scope of PAGA Discovery
On July 13, 2017, in a decision with serious repercussions on the scope of PAGA discovery, the California Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals in Williams v. Superior Court to allow state-wide discovery of Marshalls employees' contact information, ..
United States
24 Jul 2017
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New California Workplace Harassment Guide Is Useful Tool for Preventing and Addressing Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation
On May 2, 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a Workplace Harassment Guide, which offers recommendations for employers on how to prevent and address harassment in the workplace.
United States
11 May 2017
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Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Increase Set To Take Effect July 1, 2016
Los Angeles' Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed last summer, begins its steady increase to the city's minimum wage on July 1. The minimum wage will eventually increase to $15.00 by the year 2020 for large employers.
United States
26 May 2016
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California Supreme Court Takes A Stand About Employees Sitting
Earlier this week, the California Supreme Court, in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy, clarified that the suitable seating requirement in several California wage orders may entitle employees to a seat when their tasks can be accomplished while seated.
United States
10 Apr 2016
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This Is Not A Prank: California's New Amended FEHA Regulations Are Effective April 1
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits harassment and discrimination in the workplace that is based on one or more of the categories commonly protected by local, state and federal discrimination laws.
United States
24 Mar 2016
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California's New Rest Period Requirements for Piece-Rate Workers
California law requires that employers authorize and permit their employees to take rest periods based on the total hours worked in a day.
United States
23 Mar 2016
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Stressed Out By Your Supervisor? Too Bad, Say California Courts
California employers may finally rejoice: there is now an employer-friendly state court decision, Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015).
United States
3 Aug 2015
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New Amendment to California Sick-Leave Law Takes Effect
On July 13, 2015, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 304 – an amendment to California's recently effective (as of July 1, 2015), statewide sick-leave law, known as the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (the Act).
United States
22 Jul 2015
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California Sick Leave To Go Into Effect July 1 – Be Aware Of These Common Traps
The California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 is fully effective July 1, 2015, including the significant potential for class-action liability for non-compliance.
United States
8 Jul 2015
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California Sick Leave To Go Into Effect July 1 - Be Aware Of These Common Traps
Although not explicit in the statute, "reasonable" notice likely does not permit employers to probe into an employee's reason for taking sick leave.
United States
30 Jun 2015
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Alert To San Francisco Retailers: Employee Bill Of Rights Takes Effect July 3, 2015
On July 3, 2015, more than 1,200 retail chain stores in the City of San Francisco (roughly 12 percent of all City retailers) must comply with a new "Retail Workers Bill of Rights".
United States
12 May 2015
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New 'Golden Rule' Removes The Peace From Employer Settlement Agreements
Under California Business and Professions Code Section 16600 ("Section 16600"), "every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void."
United States
14 Apr 2015
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California Employers Face Increased Liability When Using Staffing Agencies
A California state law that became effective January 1, 2015, substantially undermines the business decision to utilize temporary workers.
United States
12 Jan 2015
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Wellness Programs And Biometric Screening: Lessons From Recent EEOC Attacks
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken issue with the biometric testing portion of three companies’ wellness programs.
United States
12 Nov 2014
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Employers Using Personality Tests To Vet Applicants Need Cautious 'Personalities' of Their Own
With a growing number of employers using personality tests to vet job applicants, it is important for management to understand the pitfalls of these tests, including the potential for costly litigation.
United States
30 Oct 2014
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Here’s To Your Employees’ Health: California Passes Broad Paid Sick Leave Law
Many employers voluntarily offer paid sick leave to their full-time employees. A new California law will now mandate that all employers provide such a benefit to all California employees, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees – thereby creating a huge burden on employers and significantly increasing the cost of doing business in California.
United States
16 Oct 2014
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