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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

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 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

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

"A to Z" of What California Employers Need to Know for 2017

by BakerHostetler on

With the new year come new laws that affect California employers. The following is the “A to Z” of changes in the law that may affect your business in 2017. All-Gender/Single-User Restrooms - Beginning March 1,...more

California and Criminal Convictions: Employers May Want to Reexamine Their Background Check Policies in Light of Proposed...

In early 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed regulations that are intended to define and clarify how using a person’s criminal history may violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

Opposing Employer Actions Directed at General Public Not Protected Activity

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employee who expresses opposition to an employer’s policies and practices that affect members of the general public is not engaging in an activity that FEHA protects, because the activity is not opposing...more

“Weight Watchers”— Weight Discrimination in the Workplace

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: ‘Tis the season of food temptation: the average American gains at least five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. California employers need to beware of weight discrimination in the fluctuating...more

Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

by FordHarrison on

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in...more

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

by Reed Smith on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

by Wilson Elser on

Recruiting Practice Reminders - If you are a hiring manager or human resources professional who posts job openings to your organization’s website, carefully review the content to ensure it is specific, clear and concise....more

California Federal Court Reminds Employers That They Must Carefully Navigate Disability Accommodation Process

The obligation to accommodate a disabled employee is an ongoing one; a doctor’s note may not be a prerequisite to engage in the interactive process – those are two important lessons that employers should take away from a...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2016

Employer Is Entitled To Recover $4 Million In Attorney's Fees From EEOC - CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, 578 U.S. ___, 136 S. Ct. 1642 (2016) - The EEOC filed suit against CRST (a trucking company) alleging...more

Employer Policy Failure Precludes Summary Judgment on Discrimination Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California Court of Appeal reverses a summary judgment for an employer that failed to follow its own policy regarding layoffs. Moore v. Regents of the University of California serves as a reminder to...more

FEHC Proposed Criminal History Regulations Put Employers in Hot Seat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fair Employment and Housing Council is vetting proposed regulations to prevent employers from discriminating against applicants or employees with criminal histories. Our colleague Kate Svinarich...more

Court of Appeal Clarifies the FEHA Requires Reasonable Accommodations to Employees Who Are Associated With a Person with a...

by Allen Matkins on

In the recent Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. decision, the court held that under the California's Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"), employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for...more

California Court Imposes Duty to Accommodate Non-Disabled Employees Associated With Disabled Persons

On April 4, 2016, a California Court of Appeal set new precedent in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, opining that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may require employers to reasonably...more

Reasonable Accommodation Protections Expanded to Non-Disabled Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California court creates new duty to accommodate employees who, although not themselves disabled, are associated with a disabled person. The Court of Appeal decision in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable...more

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