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Employers Face New Hiring Requirements as California “Bans the Box”

New law prohibits most California-based employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history before making a conditional offer of employment. California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1008,...more

California Bans Employers from Seeking Salary History of Applicants

On October 13, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168), which further restricts employers’ use of salary history information. California’s Fair Pay Act currently prohibits employers from...more

California Expands Parental Leave to Smaller Businesses

Businesses that employ at least 20 people should take practical steps to comply with the New Parent Leave Act. Key Points: - The New Parent Leave Act significantly expands required parental leave, which previously only...more

California Seeks to Restrict ICE Workplace Raids

Employers should take practical steps to comply with a new bill requiring them to demand search warrants from ICE agents. Key Points: ..Employers need to train facility heads to respond to ICE Agents seeking access to...more

Practical Steps for Employers Responding to the EEOC’s Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

An employer may offer financial incentives to its employees for participating in employee wellness programs that receive health-related information, subject to certain limits. On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Employee Notice Provision of Defend Trade Secrets Act – Immediate Action Needed

New law requires employers to give notice of immunity rights in order to recover enhanced damages. President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law on May 11, 2016. Certain relief available to...more

Sitting on the Job: When California Employers Must Provide Seats

Employees are entitled to sit at work when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats. On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Carol A. Corrigan, clarified...more

How to Prepare for the New California Fair Pay Act

Changes in the Act will increase the difficulty employers face in justifying pay differentials. On October 6, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act. The California Fair Pay Act amends Labor...more

4 Key Lessons from Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk

While helpful to some employers, Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk does not fundamentally change the law of compensable working time. On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision...more

Employees May Use Company Email to Support Unions

Employers who provide email access to employees may have provided employees with a powerful union-organizing tool. On December 10, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision reversing a 2007...more

California Employees may Waive Right to Arbitrate on Behalf of a Class, but not PAGA Claims

California Supreme Court rules the Federal Arbitration Act preempts State’s refusal to enforce class arbitration waivers on public policy or unconscionability grounds; holds PAGA claims unwaivable. On June 23, 2014,...more

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