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Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

California DFEH’s new transgender regulations go into effect

by Dentons on

Effective July 1, 2017, California employers became subject to new regulations, promulgated by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), interpreting the California Fair Employment and Housing Act's...more

The Sharing Economy and Discrimination: Part Deux

by Fisher Phillips on

In a follow-up to our discussion earlier this summer regarding discrimination and the sharing economy, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently settled a charge of discrimination with a sharing...more

Four hot mid-year topics in California employment law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As California sizzles under scorching temperatures, state and local governments have turned up the heat on employers. Employers should be aware of and make sure they are in compliance with important legislative changes...more

Reminder to California Employers: A Number of Changes Take Effect on July 1

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers doing business in California are reminded that a number of laws will take effect in California on July 1, 2017, that will impact a wide range of employment practices, from background checks to minimum wage to paid...more

California’s New Regulations Offer More Protection For Transgender Individuals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has approved new regulations to protect transgender individuals, effective July 1, 2017. The new regulations expand protections available for people who...more

New California Bill Would Require Sexual Harassment Training to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Harassment

by Fisher Phillips on

As introduced, Senate Bill 396 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) dealt with medical residence training programs. However, recently the contents of the bill were stripped out and replaced with new and unrelated language...more

California DFEH Issues Updated Workplace Harassment Materials

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Last year, we issued an advisory about new regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) that required employers to update their anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and complaint-investigation...more

New Transgender Identity and Expression Regulations (July 1, 2017)

In May 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) approved new regulations regarding transgender identity and expression in the workplace. The regulations become effective July 1, 2017....more

Hot Off The Press! DFEH’s Annual Report

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has just issued its Annual Report on civil rights complaints during 2016. Here are some highlights....more

DFEH Releases Guidelines On Preventing and Correcting Harassment

Last month the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced the release of a new guide for California employers on the steps they should take to prevent and correct workplace harassment...more

CA Required Onboarding Materials Get A Makeover

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

California employers are required to provide employees with several documents upon hire. But not all CA employers do. I was working with a retail boutique chain last week and when I provided them the list of required...more

New California Workplace Harassment Guide Is Useful Tool for Preventing and Addressing Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation

by Reed Smith on

On May 2, 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a Workplace Harassment Guide, which offers recommendations for employers on how to prevent and address harassment in the workplace. While...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/8-5/12

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

California Employers Should Reevaluate Their Criminal Background Check Policies Before July 1, 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) finalized new regulations limiting the ability of employers to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. The regulations become effective on July 1,...more

“100% Healed From Injury” Policies May Violate the CA Fair Employment and Housing Act

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently obtained a settlement on behalf of a custodian for a school district who was fired after an on-the-job injury. As part of the settlement, the...more

March 1 is just around the corner – Have you installed transgender restroom signs?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The New Law - Pursuant to new California Health & Safety Code section 118600, beginning March 1, 2017, all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or government agency,...more

New California Laws for 2017 – AB 2296: Electronic signature rules.

Assembly Bill 2296 brings California another step closer to a fully paperless system. Partners David Harris and Yvette Davis authored an article “AB 2296: Electronic signatures” in Daily Journal’s New Laws 2017 report,...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

by Wilson Elser on

The following is a brief recap of the bills Governor Brown signed in 2016 that have added new laws to the books and modified existing laws affecting California employers. Employers should consult with counsel to ensure...more

Transparency in Terminology and Treating Transgender Employees Fairly

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With increased attention placed on transgender rights in recent years, employers should pay close attention to transgender discrimination and related issues in the workplace. This post offers some tips for...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

Transgender Protections Expanded In California With All-Gender Restroom Law

by Fisher Phillips on

On Thursday, September 29, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which will require all single-occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

by Littler on

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Employer's Class Action Waiver - Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 2016 WL 4433080 (9th Cir. 2016) - As a condition of employment, Stephen Morris and Kelly McDaniel were required to sign...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

by Littler on

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

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