Employment Law Alerts

New California Workplace Laws for 2018 and How to Get Ready

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Topics: 2017, Legislative Developments, Employee Handbooks, Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation, Equal Pay, Immigration

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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Top Employment Law Trends to Watch as 2017 Winds Down

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 5:35 AM

Topics: 2017, Legislative Developments, Equal Pay, Independent Contractors and Gig Economy

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

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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Workplace Bills Under Consideration in California Legislature

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Topics: 2017, Legislative Developments

The California legislature is in session, and a large slate of employment-related bills has been introduced, touching on everything from fair pay, family leave, workplace safety, wage and hour, predictive scheduling, and more. While a lot could change as these bills make their way through the legislative process, here’s a look at some of the more notable measures under consideration, organized by bill number.

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San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Takes Effect; New Rules, Poster Issued

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Topics: 2017, Legislative Developments, Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation

On Jan. 1, 2017, San Francisco’s landmark Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) went into effect for employers with 50 or more employees. It will be phased in for smaller employers on July 1, 2017 (35+) and Jan. 1, 2018 (20+). The PPLO requires employers to pay “Supplemental Compensation” to make up the difference between a covered employee’s regular wages and the partial wage-replacement benefits provided under California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD), when the employee takes leave to bond with a new child.

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San Jose's New "Opportunity to Work Ordinance"; What Employers Need to Know

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Topics: 2017, Wage and Hour, Legislative Developments

San Jose voters recently passed Ballot Measure E, the “Opportunity to Work Ordinance.” The new Ordinance, which is similar to San Francisco’s existing Formula Retail Employees Ordinances, will require San Jose employers with 36 or more employees to offer additional work hours to existing part-time employees before hiring new staff.  The San Jose Ordinance is aimed at increasing wages for part-timers and preventing employers from hiring additional staff to avoid providing health care and other benefits to current part-time employees who could take on additional work hours.  The Ordinance takes effect on March 13, 2017.  Here’s an overview of what employers need to know.

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L.A. Adopts Ban the Box Ordinance; What Employers Need to Know

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Topics: 2017, Legislative Developments, Background Checks and Privacy

Los Angeles has become the second California city, after San Francisco, to adopt a so-called “ban the box” ordinance. The new Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) takes effect on January 22, 2017, and will prohibit private-sector employers operating in the city from inquiring into applicants’ criminal history until after making a conditional offer of employment. Here’s an overview of the new Ordinance.

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