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AG’s Conflicting Marijuana Policy Comments Leave Some Dazed And Confused

If you have been following recent comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an attempt to predict marijuana policy under the Trump Administration, you might be left scratching your head. In recent comments before...more

Will Blockchain Technology Transform Dispute Resolution in the Sharing Economy?

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion about Blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize and transform the sharing or gig economy. If you’re like me, your first question might be, “What the...more

New Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster Available

Under legislation recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, beginning January 1, 2018, all California employers are required to display a workplace poster related to transgender rights. The legislation, Senate Bill 396,...more

Will California See Dueling “Fair Scheduling” Proposals in 2018?

Popular legislative proposals sometimes generate competition among legislators for who will be the first to introduce a bill on a given subject, or who will get credit for a bill’s final passage and enactment into law....more

California Just Banned the Box!

On October 14, Governor Brown signed AB 1008 to prohibit most public and private employers with five or more employees from asking applicants about criminal conviction histories until after a conditional offer of employment...more

Does California Governor Jerry Brown Have Love for the “Innovation” Economy?

It’s difficult to glean much from a veto message. However, in vetoing a recent California bill meant to regulate certain aspects of the “innovation” economy, Governor Jerry Brown used some pointed language that some in the...more

Honey, I Shrunk the CFRA! - California Extends Job-Protected Parental Leave to Smaller Employers

SB 63 requires employers with between 20 and 49 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected parental leave to bond with a new child. The signing of SB 63 follows previous unsuccessful efforts to extend...more

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Banning Salary History Inquiries

California joins other states and municipalities in banning inquiries into salary history of applicants. AB 168 prohibits employers from seeking salary history information or relying on the salary history information...more

PAGA Reform for Real? Three Different Versions of PAGA Reform Initiative Filed with California Attorney General

Over the last several years, the level of employer complaints about PAGA has reached a deafening crescendo. For some time now, employers have expressed deep concern about abusive litigation tactics and “extortionate” PAGA...more

New California Law Imposes Obligations on Employers During Immigration Worksite Enforcement

On October 5, Governor Brown signed AB 450, which will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Among other things, AB 450 prohibits employers from voluntary consenting to ICE access to the worksite without a judicial warrant,...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Significantly Alter California Retaliation Law to Benefit Employees

Senate Bill 306, among other things, allows an employee or the Labor Commissioner to obtain a preliminary injunction (ordering the employee to be reinstated pending their retaliation claim) upon a mere showing of “reasonable...more

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

The End is Near! – Follow These Labor and Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Wraps Up

It’s a time of high-drama in Sacramento. With less than two weeks to go in the legislative year, many of the hot-button labor and employment bills we have been tracking all year await final action. Many bills are...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 8/28-9/11

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 8/21-8/25

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Top Ten List – Track These 10 Important Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Comes to a Close

When the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess on August 21, it will have only a few short weeks to finish work on legislation for this year. All bills must be passed and sent to Governor Brown by September 15, who...more

Court Ruling Means We’re One Step Closer To A Unionized Gig Economy

The battle over organizing workers in the on-demand economy continues to heat up. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others challenging the City of Seattle’s...more

Hot List – Summer Recess Edition

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week. Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week The...more

San Francisco Becomes Latest to Ban Salary History Inquiries

Joining a growing list of state and local governments, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee today signed an ordinance which will ban employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories.  The new ordinance will go into...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 7/17-7/21

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week. Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

Hot List - What's Happening in the California Legislature 7/10-7/14

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

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