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California “Bans the Box”: Pre-Offer Criminal Inquiries Generally Outlawed in the State

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 a “Ban the Box” law that significantly restricts an employer’s ability to seek or obtain information about a job applicant’s criminal history. ...more

California Bans Salary History Inquiries for Job Applicants

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a significant piece of employment legislation that prohibits California employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. The new law will take...more

DFEH Issues New Workplace Harassment Guidance

Since April 1, 2016, California employers subject to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) have been required to comply with a number of amendments to the FEHA regulations that were adopted by the California Fair...more

And On The Seventh Day…

In Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., the California Supreme Court answered some unsettled questions regarding the state’s day of rest statutes. In short, these provisions of the California Labor Code provide that employees are...more

The Regs They Are a-Changin’: Are You Ready?

FLSA: Employees Must Earn More To Qualify For Overtime Exemption - The U.S. Department of Labor’s long-expected amended regulations to the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) will become effective on December 1, 2016. Under...more

New Santa Monica Ordinance Provides For Paid Sick Leave and Increased Minimum Wages

Santa Monica will become the first city in Southern California and the fourth in the state to enact a municipal paid sick leave law. The city’s Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage ordinance will take effect in two phases. The...more

Annual Labor and Employment Law Update

California Broadens Its Fair Pay Act (SB 358). Since 1949, California Labor Code § 1197.5 has prohibited employers from paying employees of one gender “less than employees of the opposite sex in the same establishment for...more

Here We Go Again: Legislature Takes Another Pass At Paid Sick Leave Law

Earlier this week, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 304, which provides a number of important amendments to the state’s recently enacted paid sick leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (the...more

NLRB Reverses Course and Creates Presumptive Right For Employees to Use Employers’ Email Systems for Union Organizing

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that employees who are given access to employer email systems for work purposes are now presumptively permitted to use those systems for certain union...more

New Law Makes It Easier to Pursue Claims Against Employers that Use Contracted or Leased Employees

The California Legislature recently passed AB 1897, effective January 1, 2015, which adds Section 2810.3 to the Labor Code. This new law makes “client employers” jointly liable with “labor contractors” for the payment of...more

President Obama Signs Two Executive Orders Impacting Federal Contractors

Aiming to “crack down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk,” on July 31, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”), which...more

Labor And Employment Law 2013: A Year-End Review

I. New Laws and Regulations - A. Federal - Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Federal Agencies Extend Definition of “Spouse” to Persons in Same-Sex Marriages. In United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...more

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