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Reminder: Employers Must Provide Notice of Victim Rights to Employees

As a reminder, all California employers must provide the newly issued Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking notice to new employees upon hire and to current employees on request. The notice...more

Employer Alert: Must Use Newly Issued I-9 by September 18th

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, found here. By September 18, 2017, employers must begin using this revised Form I-9 for...more

California Places New Limits on Employer Use of Criminal History

New regulations issued by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) impose additional limitations on an employer’s use of criminal history information, and expand the types of criminal history that employers...more

Did You Miss It? Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1st

A number of California municipalities raised their minimum wages on July 1, 2017. Employers should take care to note these changes because the pace of minimum wage increases in these locations will outstrip increases in the...more

Reminder: Los Angeles and Santa Monica Minimum Wage Increases on July 1st

As a reminder, the minimum wage in the City of Los Angeles and in the City of Santa Monica will increase to $12.00 an hour on July 1, 2017, for employers with 26 or more employees. The minimum wage for employers in these...more

Tips, Service Charges & Automatic Gratuities and Why You Should Care

Most employers are familiar with the basics. A tip is a voluntary amount of money a guest leaves for an employee over the amount due for the goods sold or services rendered. ...more

Fair Chance Initiative Posting Required

The recent Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring requires, among other things, that employers post a notice of the ordinance at job sites and workplaces. The City of Los Angeles has now provided the notice that must...more

McGILL v. CITIBANK, N.A.

I have received a few questions from employers about the recent California Supreme Court decision in McGill v. Citibank, N.A.. The McGill case isn’t an employment law case, but rather deals with a consumer class action....more

AB 2532 Eliminates the Requirement that Private Employers Contracting with State and Local Agencies Verify an Individual’s Status...

Effective January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 2532 eliminates the requirement that private employers contracting with state and local government agencies to provide specified employment services verify an individual’s legal status...more

A Reminder: The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights is Permanent

Effective January 1, 2017, Senate Bill 1015 removes the 2017 sunset provision of 2013’s Assembly Bill 241, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which granted overtime protections to California’s privately hired domestic...more

3/27/2017  /  Domestic Workers , Wage and Hour

2016 Recap: A Busy Year for Employment Law

In case you missed it, 2016 was a banner year for the California Legislature in enacting new employment laws. Here are the highlights...more

New Law Requires Gender Neutral Restrooms

Existing law requires a businesses that serve the public or are open to the public and maintain toilet facilities to make those facilities available to the public free of charge. Existing law also states that publicly and...more

The Top Ten Laws That Did Not Pass in 2016 (…But May Pass in 2017)

Each year hundreds of laws are introduced in California’s House of Representatives or Senate, only a fraction of which are ever signed into law. Many laws that are passed, such as last year’s Senate Bill 3 which will increase...more

A Reminder: The IRS Requires Employers to Obtain Informed Consent to Email W-2s

Unless you reside in a cave (in which case you likely will not be reading this), you are aware that we are moving towards a paperless society. However, assumptions about providing documents electronically can be dangerous,...more

New Law Requires Written Notice to Employees on Hire (and Existing Employees upon Request) of Rights of Victims of Domestic...

California law already prohibits employers with 25 or more employees from discriminating or retaliating against employees who take time off work for specified purposes related domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking....more

California Issues New Minimum Wage Poster

Employers should post California’s recently issued 2017 minimum wage poster. The new poster reflects that the state minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees increases to $10.50 on January 1, 2017, and to $11.00 on...more

New Law Bans the Box in Los Angeles

Effective January 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring will prohibit most employers in the City of Los Angeles from inquiring about a job applicant’s possible criminal history until an initial job offer...more

Time to Party?

So your company wants to throw a holiday party for its employees? Given the economy and recent events, they certainly could use the diversion. But holiday parties can also lead to serious problems, many of which relate to...more

Increased Exemption Salary Rule Blocked by Injunction

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction delaying the U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have dramatically increased the minimum salary threshold to qualify as exempt...more

New I-9 Form Promises to be Fun for Everyone

Just kidding. It may not be fun, but the new Form I-9 issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may be used immediately. Finalized on November 14, 2016, the new version of the Form is available...more

11/18/2016  /  I-9 , USCIS

New Law Expands California’s Heat Illness Regulations to Include Indoor Employees

Existing regulations establish heat illness prevention standards for outdoor workers. The regulations include requirements for providing sufficient drinking water at no charge to the employee, allowing for recovery or “cool...more

Assembly Bill 1843 Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Juvenile Convictions or Using Juvenile Proceedings In Employment

Effective January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 1843 prohibits hiring-related inquiries concerning juvenile convictions or from using information regarding juvenile court actions or custodial detentions as a factor in determining...more

Senate Bill 1001 Amends the California Labor Code to Expand Protection from Unfair Immigration-Related Practices

Continuing a recent legislative trend, Senate Bill 1001 expands existing prohibitions regarding unfair immigration-related practices. Specifically, this bill amends the California Labor Code to provide a civil remedy for an...more

New Laws Expand California’s Equal Pay Act to Include Race and Limit Use of Prior Salary

The Wage Equality Act of 2016 (Senate Bill 1063) expands California’s Equal Pay Act to target race and ethnicity-related wage differentials. This bill picks up where last year’s Equal Pay Act (which bolstered prohibitions on...more

EEOC Issues First Retaliation Guidance in Almost 20 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its first enforcement guidance on employment-related retaliation in almost 20 years. The Final Guidance is in response to numerous court rulings on...more

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