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New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released

State Water Resources Control Board Releases Draft Regulation to Modify Water Conservation Requirements - Mandatory statewide water use restrictions in California would be replaced by a more locally driven set of water...more

California Ups the Ante on Minimum Wages: Is Your Organization Affected?

California is at it again, this time leading the charge to raise minimum wages. Minimum Wages Increases - On April 4, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 3, increasing California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour...more

Governor Signs Bill Building Staircase to Minimum Wage Heaven

On April 4, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 3, increasing the statewide minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. The increase will be phased in over the next six years....more

California Approves Nation's First Statewide $15.00 Minimum Wage

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a sweeping plan that will eventually increase the statewide minimum wage from $10.00 to $15.00 per hour. While the state of New York announced a deal last week that will...more

California Governor Agrees To Unprecedented $15.00 Minimum Wage

On Monday, March 28, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown, flanked by union and state government officials, announced an agreement with state legislators to increase the statewide minimum wage from $10.00 to $15.00 per hour....more

Governor Brown Ups the Ante on California Minimum Wage

California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Monday that he had reached a deal with lawmakers to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, calling it a “matter of economic justice.” The proposal must win...more

California Governor’s Office Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines Proposal on SB 743 Implementation

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a new draft proposal for implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg 2013) (SB 743), which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle...more

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

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

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