Judith Droz Keyes

Judith Droz Keyes

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California Supreme Court Holds That California Law Requires Unencumbered Rest Breaks

California law requires most employers to authorize paid rest breaks for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours worked or a major fraction thereof, and to provide this rest break approximately mid-way...more

1/18/2017 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2017

This is our year-end assessment of the most important developments for California employers. All of the new laws are effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. The California legislature once again had a busy...more

11/4/2016 - Choice-of-Law Domestic Violence Equal Pay Act ERISA Exempt-Employees Fair Pay Act FLSA Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage Sick Leave Wage and Hour

California Employers Must Update EEO Policies by April 1, 2016

New regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) require employers of five or more employees to update anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and complaint-investigation policies; update sexual...more

3/16/2016 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Anti-Harassment Policies EEOC Employer Liability Issues FEHA LGBT Sexual Harassment

Enforcing Attendance Standards in the New World of California Sick Leave

When California’s sick leave law went into effect in 2015, many employers—especially national employers—did not change their pre-existing sick leave or paid-time-off (PTO) policies because those policies exceeded the...more

2/26/2016 - Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits Sick Leave USPTO Wage and Hour

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2016?

The California legislature continued its focus on expanding legal remedies for employees in California. Many of the new laws for 2016, such as the Fair Pay Act and expanded Labor Commissioner powers, make significant changes...more

12/22/2015 - Fair Pay Act FEHA Labor Commissioners PAGA Piece-Rate Pay Prevailing Wages Public Works Sick Leave Wage and Hour

New Regulations Clarify Time Off Under California Family Rights Act

In recently published amendments to its regulations, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) has clarified formerly confusing rules and brought the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) into closer parallel to...more

8/13/2015 - Adoption Amended Regulation California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Compliance FEHC FMLA Foster Children IWC Joint Employers Labor Code Paid Leave Pregnancy Disability Leave Law Sick Leave Unpaid Leave Wage and Hour Wage Orders

California Paid Sick Leave Law Amendments: Effective Immediately

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law urgency legislation amending the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which generally requires employers to provide paid sick leave to almost all...more

7/24/2015 - Compliance DLSE Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014 Non-Exempt Employees Paid Leave PTO Sick Leave Wage and Hour

9th Circuit Determines that California Law Restricts a “No-Rehire” Provision in a Settlement Agreement

Under California law, “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.” (Bus. & Prof. Code §16600) The prohibition pertains even if the...more

4/22/2015 - Business & Professions Code Contract Terms Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Settlement Agreements

California Sick Time Law: Beyond the Basics

California’s “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” otherwise known as California’s Paid Sick Time (or Paid Sick Leave) law, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and will become operative for accrual purposes on...more

3/10/2015 - DLSE Employer Mandates Healthy Workplace Act Paid Leave Sick Leave

California Health Care Employees Cannot Waive Entitlement to Second Meal Period When Working In Excess of 12 Hours

Narrowly construing the California Labor Code provisions on meal periods, the California Court of Appeal struck down a provision in the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders that allows health care employees working...more

2/18/2015 - Appeals Health Care Providers Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Healthcare Workers Hospitals Labor Code Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour Waivers

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2015?

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California introduced mandatory paid sick live, created new “unfair immigration-related practices” and expanded potential liability for employers who...more

12/3/2014 - Arbitration Discrimination Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing National Origin Discrimination New Legislation Paid Leave Rest and Meal Break Sick Leave Staffing Agencies Unpaid Interns Volunteers Wage and Hour Workplace Safety

California Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which requires employers to provide almost all California employees with three paid sick days per year. Although many...more

9/19/2014 - Employee Rights Paid Leave Sick Leave

San Francisco Bay Area Employers Must Comply with Commuter Benefits Program by Sept. 30, 2014

Employers with 50 or more employees in any combination of nine San Francisco Bay Area counties have until Sept. 30, 2014, to come into compliance with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (CBP). Intended to encourage the...more

8/28/2014 - Air Quality Standards Bay Area Air Quality Management District Commuter Tax Benefits Commuting

San Francisco Enacts Ordinance Restricting Employers’ Ability to Ask About and Use Criminal History

Effective Aug. 13, 2014, a new San Francisco ordinance prohibits private employers and city contractors from asking job applicants about their criminal history until after the first interview. The Fair Chance ordinance also...more

3/5/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2014

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California increased the state minimum wage, created new “unfair immigration-related practices,” and expanded protections for whistleblowers. All laws...more

12/5/2013 - Attorney's Fees Crime Victims Damages Data Breach Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Discrimination Domestic Workers FEHA Leave of Absence Liens Military Service Members Minimum Wage Paid Family Leave Insurance Program Prevailing Party Retaliation Undocumented Immigrants Whistleblowers

“Constitutionally Invalid” Recess Appointments Call NLRB’s Authority Into Question

A federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision last Friday in Noel Canning v. NLRB was front page news across the country for good reason. The court held that President Obama’s Jan. 4, 2012, “recess appointments” to the National...more

1/31/2013 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Pro Forma Sessions Recess Appointments

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