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California’s Fall Legislation Report: A Rundown of the Most Significant New Employment Laws

The California legislature and governor showed no signs of slowing down this year and enacted a long list of new employment laws. Below is a list of the most significant laws affecting private sector employers....more

California Continues to Broaden the Scope of Its Equal Pay Law

In our October 9, 2015 Legal Alert, we informed readers that California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act, which amended the existing California equal pay statute to make it easier for employees...more

California’s Fair Pay Act Expanded to Include Race & Ethnicity

California’s Fair Pay Act, already the broadest in the nation, has now been expanded in two key aspects: First, the Governor approved SB 1063, so that the Fair Pay Act now protects against race-based disparities in pay. ...more

California Legislature Adds Extra Set Of Teeth To Fair Pay Act’s Protections - New Law Extends Provisions To Race And Ethnicity

On September 30, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Wage and Equality Act of 2016 (SB 1063) into law, which will prohibit employers from paying employees of one race or ethnicity a lower wage than employees of...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

Employment Law - September 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Moves Associational Disability Claims Forward - Why it matters - Recognizing associational disability claims, a California appellate panel ruled that an employee's claim for disability...more

Don’t Show Me The Money

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”) has prohibited employers from paying men and women differently for “work of like or comparable character” since 1945, nearly two decades before the federal Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) was...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

Employment Law Commentary, August 2016 - Massachusetts Passes Gender Equity Law – A Harbinger Of Things To Come?

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law barring employers from asking applicants to disclose their salary history before offering a job. Proponents of Massachusetts’ bipartisan legislation hope...more

Emerging Labor & Employment Law Trends (Part 2)

With summer 2016 almost behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the last quarter of the year and into 2017. In the first part of this two-part series, we...more

Think You Can Verify Salaries? Think Again: Massachusetts Passes Comprehensive Pay Equity Law, Bans Pay History Inquiries

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts joined a growing state and federal trend by passing a comprehensive “pay equity” law. Indeed, the focus on equitable pay has been a major priority for the Obama Administration since 2009, when...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

Who Are My Employees? The legal landscape for employers is changing. Led by the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”), there is a growing trend to hold employers accountable, not only for their own employees, but...more

California Legislators Aim to Make Prior Salaries a Thing of the Past

A few months ago, the California State Assembly introduced AB 1676, a bill that not only would have prohibited employers from asking job applicants about their compensation history, but also would have required employers to...more

Employment Law - June 2016 #2

California Considers Extending Fair Pay Act to Race, Ethnicity - Why it matters - Reflecting the nationwide trend of pay equity, a new bill under consideration by California legislators would extend the state's Fair...more

White House Announces Equal Pay Pledge for Private Employers as Part of Today’s United State of Women Summit

The White House announced a new Equal Pay Pledge for private sector companies as part of yesterday’s “United State of Women Summit” in Washington, D.C. The Pledge is one of several initiatives announced at the Summit...more

[Webinar] Traffic Ahead: California Employment Law Update - June 22nd, 12:00pm CT

Since last presenting an update on California law affecting employers and employees, in April 2015, the California legislature has been quite busy. These changes are wide ranging and important for all doing business in this...more

Big Data, Background Checks, and Discrimination

On May 4, 2016, the White House released a report entitled “Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights” to herald its focus on discrimination in “big data” assisted personnel screening...more

California’s Fair Pay Act: Gender Equity Beyond Compare

Starting in January, California has rolled out Equal Pay Legislation 2.0—the new generation in equal pay legislation. It has become the first jurisdiction to adopt a true “comparable worth” standard for pay equity....more

Maryland’s Amendment Would Expand Equal Pay to Include “Gender Identity,” Strengthen Protections Along Other More Familiar Lines

As we noted in last week’s coverage of Equal Pay Day’s twentieth anniversary, the issue of equal pay has been drawing increasing attention from regulators, legislators and plaintiffs’ attorneys nationwide. Of particular...more

Equal Pay Efforts Falter at the Federal Level, Gain Traction Elsewhere

Earlier this week, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) attempted to force passage of two pay-related bills. The promotion of dueling legislation was likely a symbolic nod to Equal Pay Day, commemorated on...more

Equal Pay Day 2016:  Where Are We 20 Years Later?

April 12 2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of “Equal Pay Day,” which the National Committee on Pay Equity launched as a public awareness event in 1996 to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men...more

California Wage & Hour: Employer Q&A

Recently, the California Labor Commissioner cited a residential care provider for multiple wage theft violations, including for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. As a result of the Labor Commissioner’s...more

California DLSE Posts FAQs on New Fair Pay Law but Leaves Tough Questions Unanswered

Three months after the California Fair Pay Act took effect on January 1, 2016, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) has issued answers to FAQs about the new law, which by all counts is the most...more

California Governor Signs into Law New Bill Raising Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

Not to be outdone by New York’s pending move to increase its minimum wage to $15.00 per hour for non-exempt employees in the coming years, on April 4, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will...more

Who me? Yes, YOU: Personal Liability For Wage Hour Violations

With March Madness in full swing, we interrupt your crumbling tournament brackets to ensure you’re aware of a truly maddening development. California law now makes individuals potentially liable for employer violations of...more

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