Tag Archives: Assembly Bill

California Employers Must Update AB 1825 Training Programs to Include “Abusive Conduct”

AB 2053 (click for California new law) was recently signed into law which requires California employers to update their AB 1825 training programs to include “Abusive Conduct.” For purposes of the new law, “abusive conduct” means conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, … Continue Reading

Proposed Amendment to Labor Code: Three-Year Statute of Limitations on Liquidated Damages Claim for Failure to Pay Minimum Wage

Last week, California’s legislature submitted a bill for the Governor’s approval, Assembly Bill 2074, which would amend Labor Code section 1194.2 dealing with the provision of liquidated damages arising out of an employer’s failure to pay minimum wage. Employees who believe their employer did not pay them all of their wages may bring a civil … Continue Reading

Proposed Amendment to California’s Government Code Addresses Workplace Bullying; Would Require New Training on Abusive Conduct

On May 15, 2014, the California Assembly passed a proposed amendment to California’s statute governing sexual harassment training. Currently, the statute requires employers with 50 or more employees to ensure workplaces are free of sexual harassment by providing training to their supervisory employees at least once every two years.  Such training must include information regarding … Continue Reading

Proposed Amendment to Labor Code Section 226 Could Permit Employers to Recover Attorneys’ Fees

California Labor Code section 226 requires employers to provide accurate wage statements, and enumerates specific requirements for such wage statements.  The statute also provides for penalties should an employer violate section 226, and allows a prevailing employee to recover attorneys’ fees in connection with prosecuting claims for alleged wage statement violations. On May 6, 2014, … Continue Reading

Protected Status for Veterans

On October 10, 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill, A.B. 556, to add “military and veteran status” to the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). When this bill becomes operative on January 1, 2014, the FEHA will prohibit harassment and discrimination in employment … Continue Reading

On September 25th, CA Governor Will Sign AB 10 to Increase the CA State Minimum Wage

California Governor Brown has announced he will sign AB 10 tomorrow, in LA and Oakland, which will increase the CA state minimum wage effective July 1, 2014. See Brown’s statement: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18221. Since many employers are engaged in budgeting for 2014 and beyond, this new development should be factored into such plans.… Continue Reading

Religious Dress and Grooming Practices Qualify As Religious Belief Or Observance Under The Fair Employment & Housing Act

The California Governor signed into law AB 1964 which amends the Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”) to prohibit discrimination against individuals for the wearing of religious dress or the practice of religious grooming in the workplace. The FEHA already prohibits discrimination against “religious belief” or “observance.” However, the new amendment expressly states that religious dress … Continue Reading

California AB 1396 Requires Employers to Reduce Commission Agreements to Writing

                On October 7, 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 1396. The new law requires all employers doing business in California to draft written contracts for any agreements with employees that involve commissions as a method of payment for services. Commission wages are defined as compensation paid to any person for services rendered in the sale of an employer’s … Continue Reading

California Changes the Rules For Employers to Obtain and Use Credit Reports

California has changed the rules for when an employer may obtain and use credit reports. Effective January 1, 2012, California will impose significant restrictions on an employer’s ability to obtain a credit report for employment purposes.  California Assembly Bill 22, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, generally permits employers who are seeking to fill only specific, … Continue Reading