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California Employment Law Notes - January 2018

Trial Court Erroneously Granted Bill Cosby's Anti-SLAPP Motion - Dickinson v. Cosby, 17 Cal. App. 5th 655 (2017) - After Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations of rape against Bill Cosby, Cosby's attorney...more

California Employers: Know and Comply With New Laws Affecting Your Business in 2018

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Following its pattern in recent years, in 2017 the California legislature enacted many new laws affecting California employers. The new laws address several topics, including: - Broader gender-related discrimination,...more

Workers’ Compensation, ADA/FEHA And FMLA/CFRA Oh My!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One issue that consistently trips up employers is the interplay of laws for an employee with work-related medical issues. This is sometimes referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of workers’ compensation, ADA/FEHA (disability),...more

New Year, Same Accommodations…Employer Forced to Shell Out Millions for Failure to Accommodate Employee on Disability Leave

Accommodate - verb, to make suitable or consistent; adapt - This simple word, or the lack thereof, is costing a California non-profit, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP), a lot more than a broken New...more

Failure to Investigate and Fat-Shaming Permit Employment Claims to Proceed

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Under California law, obesity can qualify as a disability if it has a physiological cause and limits a major life activity. Proving such a claim has been difficult. The First District Court of Appeal’s...more

Not Up In Smoke: Employers Can Still Enforce Drug Policies

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California employers can still enforce their drug-free workplace policies and discharge employees who test positive for marijuana, despite the recreational marijuana laws that go into effect in January...more

The Stale Harassment Complaint: Coal In Your Stocking?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The natural inclination is to ignore attempts to dredge up claims of harassment that happened long ago. But no harassment claim is too old to investigate. Having strong anti-harassment policies and...more

2018 Legislative Update for California Employers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

California has had yet another banner year closing the 2017 legislative session with a spate of new employment laws imposing additional compliance obligations on employers. Bucking the anti-regulatory tide in Washington, DC,...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 3 “Transgender Work Opportunity Act”

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: October 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve disability discrimination claims and procedural issues related to workers’ compensation proceedings....more

New Transgender Rights Requirements for California Employers

by Hogan Lovells on

Transgender and gender non-conforming employees now have added protections in California workplaces. On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed an amendment to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

2018 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

by Allen Matkins on

The New Year will welcome in a number of new California laws affecting employers. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2018. Employers should review their policies and...more

New Year, New Poster: Prepare to Prominently Post the "Transgender Rights in the Workplace" Poster

Earlier this year, California employers became subject to new workplace regulations pertaining to protections for transgender applicants and employees. These regulations expanded existing protections under the Fair Employment...more

Employment Flash - November 2017

Recently Passed US Federal, State and Local and International Employment Laws - This November 2017 special edition of the Employment Flash summarizes certain noteworthy U.S. federal, state and local, as well as...more

[Webinar] What’s New for California Employers for 2018: Employment Law Developments and Trends - December 13th, 10:00am PT

by Payne & Fears on

This one-hour session, geared toward human resources professionals and in-house attorneys, will cover legal changes impacting California employers, including a discussion of new laws, enforcement trends, and "hot topics" in...more

Correctional Officers FEHA Claims are Barred by Res Judicata for Already Adjudicated Workers’ Compensation Cases

The California Court of Appeal recently held that employees’ workers’ compensation decisions barred them from pursuing similar claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) based on the doctrine of res judicata. ...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...more

California Employment Law Notes - November 2017

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Statewide "Ban-the-Box" Legislation - Known as "Ban-the-Box" legislation in reference to the box applicants are asked to check if they have any prior criminal convictions, the new...more

California “Ban-the-Box” Law Significantly Limits Employers’ Ability to Obtain and Use Information About Criminal Convictions in...

Just six months after California modified its regulations concerning past criminal convictions for applicants, California has taken the additional step of modifying the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) to expressly...more

California Implements Statewide “Ban the Box” Law Effective January 1, 2018

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California has become the tenth state to pass the “ban-the-box” law which removes the conviction history question on job applications for private employers with five or more employees. Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois,...more

California Governor Signs SB 396 Requiring Training on Gender Identity Harassment

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Only a few months after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing amendments to the FEHA regulations went into effect on July 1, 2017, which centralize, clarify, and expand protections for transgender...more

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Keep Their Focus on Equal Pay Measures

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As the holiday season approaches, legislative activity at the state level is starting to slow down. The California General Assembly closed out its term, for example, giving employers a breather until January. Illinois’...more

California Enacts “Ban the Box” Legislation

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 into law, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2018. Known as the “Ban the Box” legislation, in reference to the box applicants are...more

Employer’s Victory In Workers’ Compensation Proceeding Leads To Dismissal Of Discrimination Claims

A recent California Court of Appeal opinion reminds employers of the need to carefully monitor parallel workers’ compensation proceedings involving litigants who also have civil claims pending against the employer. Ly v....more

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