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California Fair Employment and Housing Act

DFEH Issues New Workplace Harassment Guidance

Since April 1, 2016, California employers subject to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) have been required to comply with a number of amendments to the FEHA regulations that were adopted by the California Fair...more

Employment Law - May 2017

What Is a “Workplace”? California Appellate Court Considers - Why it matters - A California appellate panel considered the issue of the location of a “workplace” for purposes of employer liability when an employee got...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

Supreme Court Watch: Cities CAN Sue Banks for Predatory Lending

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Over the last ten years, cities like Miami, Florida have experienced a decrease in property tax revenues, an increase in demand for police, fire and other municipal services, and an increase in foreclosures and vacancies,...more

Recruiting for youthful workforce leads to age discrimination lawsuits

by McAfee & Taft on

Some companies may believe that projecting a youthful and energetic image is important to their brand. Two recent court cases, however, show that employers who focus their hiring policies and practices too much on young...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Employer Burden Under EPA to Justify Pay Differential

On April 27, 2017, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a district court’s ruling denying an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an Equal Pay Act (EPA) claim. In so doing, the court...more

Refusing Employee’s Attempt to Rescind Resignation Was Not Actionable

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In what appears to be an issue previously undecided under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the Second District Court of Appeals in California held that an employer’s refusal to allow an at-will...more

Refusal to Rescind Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Is Not An Adverse Employment Action Under FEHA

An employer’s refusal to accept a former employee’s resignation rescission request is not an adverse employment action under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), according to a California Court of Appeal...more

Employer’s Refusal To Allow Rescission of an Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under...

In Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, (No. B275225, filed 4/19/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held absent evidence an employee’s resignation was coerced, an...more

Refusal to Rescind Employee’s Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal has held that an employer’s refusal to honor an employee’s rescission of a voluntary resignation is not an adverse employment action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

2017 California Labor and Employment Legislative Update: What to Watch

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Back from Spring Break, and Back to Work: Our List of L&E Bills to Watch in the remainder of the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session. ...more

The Heavy Burden of Light Duty in California: Court Assesses Multi-Million Dollar Disability Award

Many employers offer light duty programs to employees who are temporarily disabled. Reasonable accommodation obligations imposed by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may come into play when administering...more

Court Uses Novel Issue Certification Device To Sidestep Individualized Issues Otherwise Precluding Class Certification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A group of female truck drivers sued their employer for policies allegedly resulting in a hostile work environment for and retaliation against women who complained of sexual harassment on the job. Under...more

New Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations Further Limit Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Considering criminal records when making employment decisions has long been the subject of scrutiny, and will soon be governed by new California regulations. On March 27, 2017, the California Office of Administrative Law...more

2018: California Employment Laws on the Horizon

Are you finally caught up on all of the new California laws taking effect in 2017? Then begin preparing for 2018 because the California legislature has been busy drafting another set of employment related laws. Here is a...more

California Lawmakers Introduce Statewide Ban-the-Box Law

by Littler on

When it comes to legislation restricting employer use of criminal records, California seems to be leading the charge. In the last six months alone, we have reported on a variety of new laws that apply to California employers...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

The Customer Is (Not) Always Right: An Employer's Duty to Protect

by Lewitt Hackman on

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and in this political climate, it seems as though more people are comfortable voicing those opinions, even if they may offend someone. Although free speech is a primary pillar of...more

The California Court Of Appeal Weighs In: The Development And Production Of An Entertainment Program Is Protected Under The...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In a recent 50-page published opinion, the California Court of Appeal determined that offensive and derogatory language on a movie set was protected activity under the anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (or...more

Something We Said? Court Backs Off Accommodation Duty For Associational Disability

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal, on rehearing, has superseded a 2016 decision that employers must reasonably accommodate work restrictions because of the disabilities of the employee’s associates. The superseding...more

New Protections for Immigrants

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The California legislature has added a new provision to the Labor Code expanding protections from “unfair immigration-related practices” (originally passed in 2013) beyond the retaliation context and extending protections to...more

Court of Appeal Upholds LAPD Recruits’ Failure to Accommodate Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal held that police officer recruits who were not “qualified individuals” under FEHA for purposes of their discrimination claim could nonetheless prevail on their claim for failure to...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

Nip/Tuck Leave: When Employees Take Leave for Elective Procedures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers are usually mindful of the many laws governing employee medical leaves and how they interact. But what about accommodation for non-medically necessary leaves? This post discusses the basics of...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

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