Bay Area Employer 411: What You Need to Know About the New Laws on Equal Pay, Fair Scheduling and Slavery-Free Supply Chains

Jackson Lewis Shareholder Punam Sarad will serve as a panelist at the Bay Area Employer 411: What You Need to Know About the New Laws on Equal Pay, Fair Scheduling and Slavery-Free Supply Chains Conference hosted by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Department of Labor/Women’s Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and American Association of University Women/San Francisco Branch. The panel will be followed by a roundtable discussion about the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance and Retail Workers Bill of Rights. Read More

Los Angeles Associate Karen Eneas Presented with the National Bar Association’s 2015 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award

National workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. congratulates Los Angeles Associate Karen Eneas on receiving the National Bar Association’s 2015 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award. These prestigious awards recognize the nation’s top attorneys under 40 who demonstrate a variety of achievements in areas such as innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. Read More

You’re Invited: The California Workplace Law Breakfast Series End of Year Update

Employers with operations in California – from established corporations to emerging and startup companies – face unique challenges. California law often sets the national trend with employment law developments predating changes across the country. Our biannual breakfast series consist of interactive seminars offered throughout the Golden State aimed at helping participants learn about the latest legal developments and explore ways they may avoid liability by developing preventive strategies. We encourage human resources executives and professionals, in-house counsel and chief executive officers to attend. Read More

California Legislature Overturns Retaliation Holding in Rope v. Auto-Chlor and Classifies a Mere Request for Accommodation as a “Protected Activity”

On July 16, 2015, AB 987 was signed into law by the Governor Jerry Brown which provides a paradigm shift in favor of employees with respect to their retaliation claims. The new law overturns the retaliation holding in Rope v. Auto-Chlor System of Washington, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 635, and makes it unlawful for an employer to retaliate or otherwise discriminate against a person for “requesting” an accommodation based on religion or disability.  Read More

Cheerleaders in California Have Something to Cheer About!

On July 15, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 202, which requires California-based minor or major league sport teams in certain sports to treat cheerleaders as employees, not independent contractors. AB 202 defined California-based sport team as either a minor- or major-league-level team in the sport of baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, or soccer. “California-based team” means a team that plays a majority of its home games in California. Employers affected by this new law should consult with their local counsel.

Amendments to California Paid Sick Leave Law Effective

Significant amendments to California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, also known as the California Paid Sick Leave Law, went into effect immediately upon Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on Assembly Bill no. 304 on July 13, 2015.

Key provisions of the Amendment affect calculation of the rate of pay, method of accrual of paid leave, and recordkeeping. Read More

Free Live Webinar! Injury and Illness Prevention Programs: How to Develop an Effective IIPP and Comply with Cal/OSHA’s Most Frequently Violated Standard

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Free live webinar: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

According to a Rand Corporation study, injury and illness prevention program (IIIP) violations occur in about 25% of all California workplace health and safety inspections. The report also notes that since the IIPP requirement went into effect in 1991, it’s been the most frequently cited standard in California workplace health and safety inspections nearly every year. Read More

San Francisco Formula Retail Worker Bill of Rights: Update as of July 9, 2015

The proposed amendments to the San Francisco Formula Retail Worker Bill of Rights, listed below, have passed. In addition, the OLSE has issued FAQs (click here to download) and a template notice of rights (click here to download) which must be posted by covered employers. Per the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE), both of these linked documents will be modified to reflect the changes to the law. Read More

Spreading Eastward? A controversial new measure in San Francisco will impose new regulatory burdens on retailers there. But its supporters say it—and similar measures being debated elsewhere—are good for employees and for business.

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A new set of ordinances that restrict San Francisco retailers in how they manage the scheduling and staffing of their establishments is about to go into effect—and experts say retailers in other parts of the United States had better be paying attention. Read More