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

Topics: 2017, Equal Pay, Discrimination and Harassment

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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5 Tips to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Topics: 2017, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Harassment, Workplace Training

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

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Topics: 2017, Discrimination and Harassment, Employee Handbooks, Legislative Developments

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 California Transgender Regulations Coming July 1, 2017

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Topics: 2017, Discrimination and Harassment

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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