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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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...

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

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

California Court Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Employees Who Are “Associated With” a Disabled Person

The California Court of Appeal, in its highly controversial opinion in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, held that under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), an employer’s duty to provide...more

All in the Family: California Court Holds Employers Have to Accommodate Disability of Employee's Family Member

A California Court of Appeal for the first time has decided that an employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person who needs the employee’s assistance. This...more

California Court of Appeal Finds that Employers are Required to Reasonably Accommodate Even Non-disabled Employees

On April 4, 2016, the California Court of Appeal issued an unprecedented ruling in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to reasonably...more

Employment Law Commentary, March 2016

The California Fair Employment And Housing Council Issues Proposed Regulations To Limit Consideration Of Criminal History In Employment Decisions - Employers take great measures to avoid hiring dangerous employees—not...more

Employment Law - March 2016 #2

California Appellate Panel Sets Standard for Disability Discrimination Jury Instructions - Why it matters - How should a California trial court properly instruct a jury regarding an employer's intent to discriminate...more

Employers: Criminal History Inquiries May Get Tricky

Last week the California Fair Employment and Housing Council of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (or, in short, the Council) announced its proposed amendment to the California Code of Regulations, aiming to...more

Handling Applicant Criminal Records to Avoid Disability Discrimination Claims

With the 2016 hiring season well under way, California employers are well advised to reconsider their use of criminal records in making hiring decisions. Although employers are probably aware of “ban the box” and other...more

DFEH Issues Guidelines Regarding Transgender Employees

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) issued guidelines on transgender employee rights. These guidelines address what questions employers can ask transgender employees (during...more

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