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City of Santa Monica Minimum Paid Sick Leave Accrual Limits to Increase January 1, 2018

The grace period is over. Effective January 1, 2018, the City of Santa Monica’s minimum cap on accrued sick leave for eligible employees will increase from 40 to 72 hours for businesses with 26 or more employees. The accrual-cap for businesses with 25 or fewer employees will increase from 32 to 40 hours… (to read … Continue Reading

Governor Brown Has Signed ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation into Law for California

Effective January 1, 2018, California will be the next jurisdiction to implement statewide “ban the box” legislation.  On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1008, which prohibits pre-offer inquiries regarding applicants’ conviction histories and regulates employers in their decisions to deny employment to an applicant based on his/her conviction history.  … Continue Reading

California Joining the Ban the Box Bandwagon?

California may be the next jurisdiction to implement statewide “ban the box” legislation. Assembly Bill 1008 made its way from the Assembly through the Senate, and now awaits action from Governor Jerry Brown. Prohibition Against Pre-Offer Inquiries Regarding Applicants’ Conviction History The bill would make it unlawful under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) … Continue Reading

Employees of Meal Subscription Companies may be Required to Obtain Food Handler Cards

The California Legislature recently passed AB 1461 which, if signed into law, would require all food-handling employees of food facilities that provide meal subscription plans to obtain food handler cards in accordance with existing requirements. All for-profit food facilities that offer meal subscription plans would be subject to the new law. “Meal subscription plans” would … Continue Reading

Employees in California? If so, these are the Employment Bills to Watch

With the flurry of action by California lawmakers in the final weeks of the legislative session, there are approximately 640 bills waiting for action by California Governor, Jerry Brown.  Here is a list of legislation which California employers should be watching. SB 63 – This bill would expand CA’s family leave law to employers with … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Clarifies Discovery under PAGA

Emphasizing the broad right of discovery and the remedial nature of the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, the California Supreme Court has ruled that, in pretrial discovery, plaintiffs under PAGA has a right to employer records containing other employees’ names and contact information. Williams v. Marshalls of California, LLC, No. S227228 (July 13, … Continue Reading

San Francisco Passes “Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance”

On June 30, 2017, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed the “Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance” (“Ordinance”), increasing protections for nursing mothers working in San Francisco. The Ordinance becomes effective January 1, 2018, and applies to anyone employed within the “geographic boundaries” of San Francisco. Read about how this ordinance will impact employers at our … Continue Reading

Are You Ready for Important California and City of Los Angeles Regulations Effective July 1, 2017?

Both California and the City of Los Angeles have enacted regulations effective July 1, 2017 governing employer use of applicant and employee criminal history in making employment decisions. Below we summarize these upcoming changes as well as the City of San Francisco’s ordinance already in effect. New California Regulations The California Fair Employment and Housing … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Clarifies “Day of Rest” Provisions

California employers can now schedule employees with more confidence when the press of business requires employees to work beyond their normal work schedule. The California Supreme Court has clarified California’s “day of rest” statute. The ruling affords employers flexibility in scheduling employees and clarifies some of the law’s ambiguities while leaving a few unanswered issues. … Continue Reading

Both the City of San Diego and the State of California “Clarify” Their Sick Leave FAQs

Both the City of San Diego and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement have updated their “Frequently Asked Questions” related to the respective local and state sick leave requirements. Click here to read the full article about these specific changes at our Disability, Leave & Health Management blog.… Continue Reading

The City of Los Angeles Quietly Updates Its Rules and FAQs Regarding the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The sick leave landscape is constantly evolving, and the City of Angeles is no exception to that rule. This past month the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards  revised its rules and regulations as well the FAQs regarding its Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. Learn what that means for employers here at … Continue Reading

Can Employers Require Their Employees to Remain On Call During Rest Breaks?

In another important decision regarding an employer’s obligation to provide rest breaks, the California Supreme Court in Jennifer Augustus et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal.5th 257, dealt with two issues related to employee rest breaks: 1) whether employers are required to permit their employees to take off-duty rest periods pursuant to … Continue Reading

California Division of Industrial Relations Overview of New California Laws Available

Jackson Lewis recently completed a series of seminars throughout California on many of the key California workplace law updates. On December 28, 2016, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released its own 2016 Legislative Digest summarizing new laws that impact employees. The DIR Legislative Digest is the DIR’s summary of key laws and is … Continue Reading

Are You Ready? City of Santa Monica’s Sick Leave Provisions Become Effective January 1, 2017

Are you sick of sick leave yet? Beginning on January 1, 2017, the new paid sick leave provisions under Santa Monica City’s recently adopted Minimum Wage and Sick Leave law will go into effect.    Click here to read the full article and find out more on our Disability, Leave & Heath Management Blog.  … Continue Reading

Impacts of Proposition 64 on California Employers

California voters have decided on a number of important Propositions yesterday. Of the Propositions receiving majority support, California employers may particularly wonder about the potential impacts of Proposition 64, which will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  Below are some potential impacts of Prop 64 on Employers in California: Proposition 64 is not expected to … Continue Reading

The DFEH Modifies Proposed Regulations on Use of Criminal Records For Employment Decisions

On September 7, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) announced modifications to its proposed regulations originally promulgated on February 19, 2016, governing the use of criminal history in employment decisions.  The new regulations are intended to prevent disparate impact discrimination against protected classes such as gender, race, and national origin.  If … Continue Reading

SB 1241: Forum Selection and Choice of Law Clauses The Long Arm of California Law Just Got Longer

For employers with California employees, there seems to be no way to avoid California’s complicated and protective employment laws, and things just got a bit more complicated. On September 25, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1241, which prohibits employers from requiring California employees to litigate or arbitrate employment disputes outside of California or … Continue Reading

California Expands Transgender Protections With Gender-Neutral Restroom Law

On September 29, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1732, which will require single-user restrooms in California business establishments, government buildings, and places of public accommodation, to be universally accessible to all genders, and identified by signage as all gender. A “single-user” restroom is defined by statute as a toilet facility with no more … Continue Reading

California Governor Vetoes Parental Leave Bill Which Would Have Expanded Such Leave to Small Employers

The DOL’s final rule on paid sick leave is not the only recent news-making event in the world of leave management.  While additional time off was being lauded by the federal government, additional protected leave was rejected in California.  Click here to read the full article written Susan E. Groff and A. Scott Ruygrok.… Continue Reading

California Cities and Counties Can Now Join the Effort to Enforce State and Local Wage Payment Laws

California S.B. 1342 is a new law which allows cities and counties to work with the California Division of Labor Standards enforcement (“DLSE”) to enforce wage payment laws. The new measure was intended to give local enforcement programs the tools required to conduct wage claim investigations in order to recover unpaid wages including the ability … Continue Reading

California Assembly Bill 2535 Further Limits the California Pay Stub Requirement for Reporting Total Hours Worked

On July 22, 2016, the Governor approved California Assembly Bill 2535 (“AB 2535”), which relates to itemized wage statements (more commonly known as pay stubs). Specifically, AB 2535 revises California Labor Code Section 226. The prior version of Labor Code Section 226 required employers to include on a pay stub total hours worked by the … Continue Reading

“DFEH Now Authorized To File Civil Suits On Behalf Of Victims Of Human Trafficking”

On July 7, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 1684 (“AB1684”)[1], introduced in support California’s anti- human trafficking laws, passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives and was ordered enrolled. Originally introduced earlier this year by Assembly Member Mark Stone, AB1684 amends the current law to expressly allow the Department of Fair Employment and Housing … Continue Reading
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