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California’s New Equal Pay Laws Promise to Bring More Litigation

Equal pay claims just got a lot tougher to defend in California. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 358, a new law which aims to curb a statewide pay disparity between men and women. The law, dubbed the California...more

California Water Board Lifts Curtailment of Senior Water Rights in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday issued a notice lifting water diversion restrictions for the holders of all senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds and Delta. The Board issued the...more

California Governor Signs A Bevy Of Employment Laws, Vetoes A Few Others

The 2014/2015 California legislative session may go down as one of the most productive in the state’s history, in terms of legislation passed and signed into law. According to the Associated Press, Governor Brown signed 808...more

California Mandatory Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosures Revisited

The goal of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 2020 to the emission levels of 1990. At the time of enactment California was the second largest greenhouse...more

2015-2016 California Labor & Employment Laws Affecting Construction Industry

Assembly Bill 219 – Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery on Public Projects - AB 219 continues California’s aggressive expansion of prevailing wages. This bill expands the definition of “public works” for purposes of...more

California Changes Tax Law To Allow For Biodiesel Tax Exemption

On October 4, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1032, an act to amend Sections 60501 and 60505.5 of the Revenue and Taxation code, relating to taxation, into law. The bill adds biodiesel to the...more

California Adopts Landmark Pay Differential Law

Last month, California’s Governor Brown signed new legislation intended to address what the state characterizes as persistent pay gaps between men and women working the same or similar jobs. The law builds on existing...more

California Does It Again – Data Breach Notification Requirements

California adopted the first breach notification statute in the nation, and prides itself at being in the forefront of consumer privacy and security issues. On October 6, 2015, for the third time in the past three years,...more

Summary of Key New California Laws for 2016: What Employers Should Know

Governor Brown has signed several laws impacting California employers. A summary of some of the key new laws follows. The effective date of the particular new law is indicated in the heading of the Assembly Bill (AB) and/or...more

California Toughens Equal Pay Law

California employers may no longer pay employees of one sex less than employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work. This is because, earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 358, the...more

California’s Plastic Microbeads Ban Moves the Bar for Cosmetic and Personal Care Companies Again

On October 8, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law one of the toughest bans in the nation on personal care products containing plastic microbeads. Plastic microbeads are frequently used by cosmetic companies in...more

Alert: California Amends PAGA to Permit Employers to Cure Certain Labor Code Violations

California's Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that allows employers to "cure" certain technical defects in employee wage statements. Effective immediately, employers have 33 days to remedy those defects...more

California Enacts Law To Use 50 Percent Renewable Electricity By 2030

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 350, The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (the Act). The law will require the percent of electricity produced from renewable sources to increase...more

Update on California Water Legislation Regarding Groundwater, Recycled Water and More

October 11, 2015, marked the deadline by which Governor Brown had to act on legislation submitted to him by the legislature in September. In addition to those bills the Governor signed, we note below legislation that has been...more

What Exactly Is “Constructive Engagement”?

Yesterday, I wrote about SB 185 (De León) which mandates that California’s two giant pension funds to liquidate their investments in thermal coal companies on or before July 1, 2017.  One aspect of the bill that I didn’t...more

California's Equal Pay Act Amended to Provide Additional Protections for Workers Against Gender-Based Wage Differentials

On Oct. 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 358 (SB 358), amending California’s Equal Pay Act (CEPA) to make it easier for workers to discover and prove the existence of unlawful gender-based...more

California’s New “Thermal Coal” Divestment Law Forces Fiduciary Duty Question

Public pension funds exist to provide retirement benefits to public employees.  Cal. Const. Art. XVI, § 17(a).  In 1992, the voters of California tried to eliminate political interference with the state’s retirement funds by...more

California Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements

Employers can breathe a big sigh of relief for now: Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 465, which threatened to outlaw mandatory employment arbitration agreements in California. In his veto message, the Governor noted that there...more

Governor Brown Signs Fair Pay Act

SB 358, the Fair Pay Act, was signed into law by Governor Brown yesterday. Existing law generally prohibits an employer from paying an employee at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex in the...more

Mary Jane Has Come A Long Way, Baby

Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three pieces of legislation (AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643) aimed at regulating the $1.3 billion medical marijuana industry in the state. The legislation, collectively called the...more

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals

Law Sets Standards Aimed at Addressing Climate Change - Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 350 into law, setting two ambitious climate change-related goals: a 50 percent increase in building energy efficiency, and a...more

New California Laws Will Ease Groundwater Right Battles, Yet Encourage More Litigation

On October 9, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills aimed at making groundwater disputes easier and faster to resolve in court. The new laws—companion bills AB 1390 (Alejo) and SB 226 (Pavley)—streamline...more

Governor Signs Finders Exemption Bill

Yesterday was the last day for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before September 11 and in the his possession after that date.  Cal. Const. Art. IV, § 10(b)(1).  On Saturday, he signed into...more

California Updates Conformity to Internal Revenue Code, Provides Large Corporate Understatement Penalty Relief

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 154 on September 30, 2015, updating California’s general conformity to the Internal Revenue Code and providing three new exceptions to the imposition of the Large Corporate...more

California’s Gender Identity Legislation: New Protections for Transgender Employees Working with State Agencies

On October 7, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 703 (SB 703), protecting transgender employees whose employers engage in business with state agencies. Specifically, the bill expands on the state’s pre-existing...more

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