Employment Law Alerts

California's New Salary History Inquiry Ban: What Employers Can - and Cannot - Do

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

As we discussed in our recent Alert, Governor Brown recently signed into law A.B. 168, which adds section 432.3 to the California Labor Code to prohibit all public and private employers, regardless of size, from requesting a job applicant’s salary history. The law takes effect on January 1, 2018. The rationale behind it, and similar laws in some states and cities across the nation, is that basing current pay on past compensation perpetuates gender and race-based pay inequities. 

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New California Workplace Laws for 2018 and How to Get Ready

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Governor Brown has signed into law a number of significant employment-related bills that will impact California workplaces. Here’s a summary of key laws taking effect on January 1, 2018, along with best practices to get ready -- and ensure compliance. 

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5 Tips to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Sexual harassment in the workplace can take a serious toll on the victims, and can throw a company into turmoil – especially when the harasser is a high-level employee such as a founder or CEO.  The latest in a string of high-profile examples is Harvey Weinstein, who founded and ran the entertainment company that fired him after allegations surfaced in the news that he sexually harassed female employees and other women in the film industry over decades.

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The NLRB Pendulum Is About to Swing

Posted on October 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM

With recent Senate confirmations of the Trump Administration’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, the Board will have a Republican majority for the first time in over a decade. And when the nominee for General Counsel is confirmed, the table will be set for the Board to overturn a number of cases and rules that were decided and implemented during the Obama Administration, when the Board issued a string of union- and employee-friendly rules and decisions.

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Top Employment Law Trends to Watch as 2017 Winds Down

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 5:35 AM

This year has brought a variety of new challenges and obligations for employers in California and across the nation. Now, as summer fades and the fourth quarter of the business year begins, employers should take stock of the following employment law trends as they wind down 2017 and prepare for the year ahead. 

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San Francisco’s New Lactation Accommodation Ordinance Arrives January 1, 2018

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

On January 1, 2018, San Francisco’s “Lactation in the Workplace” Ordinance will increase protections for nursing mothers in San Francisco. The law is the latest in a series of parent-friendly legislation rolled out by the City over the past few years.

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New Workplace Notice Regarding Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The California Labor Commissioner has released a new notice regarding rights under Labor Code sections 230.1 and 230 for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Employers must immediately begin providing the notice to new hires, and to other employees on request. Employers can develop their own notice so long as it is substantially similar in form and content to the Labor Commissioner version. The notice is required under A.B. 2337, which was signed by the Governor last fall. 

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New California Transgender Regulations Coming July 1, 2017

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has adopted new regulations relating to gender identity and expression which take effect on July 1, 2017. These regulations are the latest step in an ongoing effort to broaden applicability of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and, as a result, place tighter restrictions on employers’ consideration of gender when making employment decisions.

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New California Criminal History Regulations Coming July 1

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized new regulations  under the Fair Employment and Housing Act imposing significant limitations on California employers’ consideration of criminal history information when making hiring, promotion, and other employment decisions. The rules, which borrow heavily from existing EEOC guidelines, go into effect on July 1, 2017.

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California Supreme Court's "Day of Rest" Ruling Gives Relief to Employers

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The California Supreme Court has clarified a major point of ambiguity for employers by unanimously holding in Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., SC S224611 (May 8, 2017), that California’s law requiring “one day’s rest” in seven looks only at the employer’s defined workweek and is not applied on a rolling basis to any seven-day consecutive period. This decision provides employers with more scheduling flexibility, as well as a compliance roadmap to California’s “day of rest” laws.

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