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Chipping Away at Arbitration: California Supreme Court Further Limits Arbitration Waivers

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement waiving the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable under California law. In McGill...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 40: “Me Too” Evidence

“Me too” evidence is testimony from employees other than the plaintiff who claim that they were subjected to discrimination, retaliation or harassment during their employment. Plaintiffs often seek to have this evidence...more

6/24/2014  /  Discrimination , Legal History

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 19: HIV/AIDS Is a Protected Disability...

The social, economic and public health effects of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s propelled public health and community-based organizations to join forces and advocate for the passage of a federal anti-discrimination law. ...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 17: What Happens When An Employer Has...

What happens when an employer decides to terminate an employee for discriminatory and non-discriminatory reasons? The Supreme Court gave a surprising answer to that question of “mixed motives” in its seminal 1989 decision:...more

E-Cigarettes Banned In Some California Workplaces

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that emit vaporized doses of nicotine (or non-nicotine) that is inhaled. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes is smokeless and does not contain the amount of harmful chemicals...more

2/24/2014  /  E-Cigarettes , Smoking Bans

San Francisco Employers Should Prepare For January 1, 2014 Changes To Family Leave Laws

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that requires employers to consider workers’ requests for flexible work arrangements and predictable work schedules due to caregiving responsibilities. ...more

Governor Signs California Minimum Wage Increase Into Law

As expected, Governor Brown signed legislation to raise California’s minimum wage today. The new law raises the minimum wage to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. Thus far, it is the only...more

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