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New California Employment Laws 2016

California’s 2016 legislative session ended, once again, with a flurry of activity in the legislature and by Governor Jerry Brown, resulting in numerous new laws requiring employer action. The end-of-session bills were not...more

Twice in Two Years: California Expands the Fair Pay Act for the Second Consecutive Year

Starting January 1, 2017, companies of all sizes doing business in California will need to take extra care to ensure they are not paying employees differently based on their race or ethnicity or basing new employees’...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees - On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract...more

Another Year, Another Set of Laws: What California Employers Should Know

In keeping with California’s reputation of being an employee-friendly state, Governor Brown has enacted a number of laws, most of which go into effect on January 1, 2017 (unless specified otherwise below), that place...more

California Divide: What California Employers Can Expect In 2017

As California goes, so goes the nation. When it comes to employment law, the Golden State is continuing down a path of increased regulation. With 2017 right around the corner, here are some new laws California employers must...more

Employer Alert: Key 2017 California Employment Law Updates Part II

Recent federal, state, and municipal employment law developments will have a significant impact on employers in 2017. Employers must update their employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements,...more

California Enacts New Employment Laws for 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown concluded the 2016 Legislative Session by signing several bills affecting employment relationships. Listed below are those bills that perhaps most critically impact your daily operations. ...more

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

California’s Fair Pay Act Now Covers Race, Ethnicity, and Prior Compensation History

California’s Fair Pay Act was already one of the broadest equal pay laws in the country. Governor Jerry Brown recently expanded it further by signing two laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2017. We summarize the...more

"Employment Flash - October 2016"

Spotlight on Whistleblower Protections - On October 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a “risk alert” regarding SEC registrants’ compliance with Rule 21 F-17, which implements Section 21F of...more

Pay Equity Extends to Race, Ethnicity, Without Banning Salary Inquiries

Seyfarth Synopsis: Governor Jerry Brown recently signed pay equity legislation to build on SB 358, a gender pay equity bill that he signed just four months ago. Recent state pay equity initiatives (in Massachusetts, New...more

Employment Law - October 2016 #2

California Employers Face New Laws - Why it matters - Employers in California will be facing some new laws in the coming months as Governor Jerry Brown signed several employment-related bills on the last day of the...more

California’s Employment Law Class of 2017 (Part I): The Laws, Their Effects and Some Recommendations for Compliance

Amend, extend and clarify: the 2016 legislative session was not so much about creating new rights and responsibilities under California employment law, but more about expanding and addressing lingering questions that stem...more

Don’t Look Back: California Restricts Use of Salary Histories

In August, we alerted you to several measures around the country that may indicate a trend towards restricting employers from seeking or relying upon applicants’ wage histories, including then-pending California Assembly...more

California’s Fair Pay Act Expanded To Preclude Employers From Relying On Salary History To Justify Wage Gaps

In August, we alerted you to several measures around the country that may indicate a trend towards restricting employers from seeking or relying upon applicants’ wage histories, including then-pending California Assembly...more

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

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