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California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

Clougherty Packing Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit for $100,000

Meat Packing Company Subjected Female Employees to Unwanted Touching and Comments, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - Clougherty Packing, LLC, dba Farmer John, a Los Angeles-based meat processing company, will pay...more

Washington State Enacts Healthy Starts Act, Requires Accommodation for Pregnant Employees Regardless of Disability

The new Washington state Healthy Starts Act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide accommodations to pregnant employees above and beyond those accommodations required by other available laws, including the...more

Dash Dream Plant to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Lawsuit

Don't Get Pregnant or You're Fired, Orchid Grower Told Employees, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination...more

Acquirers Beware: Salary History Bans Impact Employment Diligence and Arrangements

New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A deals New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: September 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status....more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...more

Pharmacy Chain Not Required To Reasonably Accommodate Needle-Phobic Pharmacist

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Trypanophobia—the fear of needles—played a significant role in a case brought against Rite Aid Pharmacy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., the Second Circuit overturned a jury...more

California Statewide Ban-the-Box Law Signed By Governor

by Littler on

On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008, which will add a section to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) containing new state-wide restrictions on an employer’s ability to make...more

Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

by FordHarrison on

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

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Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

EEOC Filed More than 80 Lawsuits this Summer – Why Employers Should Pay Attention

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Indeed, the EEOC filed far more than 80 lawsuits during July, August, and September 2017 – the last quarter of its fiscal year. Approximately 50 percent of those lawsuits targeted employers for alleged individual and, more...more

California “Bans the Box”: Pre-Offer Criminal Inquiries Generally Outlawed in the State

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 a “Ban the Box” law that significantly restricts an employer’s ability to seek or obtain information about a job applicant’s criminal history. ...more

Federal Court Declines to Overturn $780,000 Jury Verdict in Favor of Employer’s Argument that Application for SSDI Trumps the ADA

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In Van Rossum v. Baltimore County, Maryland, a jury awarded a community health inspector $250,000 in compensatory damages and $530,000 in back pay after deciding that her employer, Baltimore County, violated the ADA by...more

Accommodations Beyond ADA Requirements Can Backfire on Employers

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require employers to always allow disabled people to return to the job. In order to claim protection under the law, the disabled employee must show that he or she can perform the...more

California Enacts Statewide Law Restricting Inquiries into Applicants’ Salary History

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a statewide salary history inquiry law that will largely restrict employers in the state from seeking and relying upon salary history information from applicants during the...more

California Bans Salary History Inquiries

California has joined a growing list of jurisdictions, including New York City, Massachusetts, Delaware and Oregon, among others, banning salary history inquiries from job applicants. Governor Brown signed the law into effect...more

California Just Banned the Box!

by Fisher Phillips on

On October 14, Governor Brown signed AB 1008 to prohibit most public and private employers with five or more employees from asking applicants about criminal conviction histories until after a conditional offer of employment...more

New California Law Prohibits Inquiries Regarding Applicants’ Salary History

• New California law prohibits employers from seeking or relying on applicants’ salary history information when making hiring and compensation decisions. • The law also requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a...more

New California Law Prohibits Salary History Inquiries

by Littler on

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a state-wide ban on employer inquiries into an individual’s salary history. The new law (AB 168) will apply to all employers, including state and local...more

When Is Enough, Enough? Limiting Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: How long does an employer have to accommodate an employee’s disability in the form of a leave of absence? A: The law in most jurisdictions is unclear. In fact, in most jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey,...more

California Passes State-Wide Ban-the-Box Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Legislature has just created yet another protected class of individuals entitled to sue employers under the Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

New California Law Bans Salary History Questions

by Stinson Leonard Street on

California employers are now prohibited from asking applicants about their salary history information, including compensation and benefits. Under the new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Thursday, October 12, 2017, called...more

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