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New Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster Available

by Fisher Phillips on

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

California Law Restricts Employer’s Consideration of Job Applicants’ Criminal History

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Jerry Brown has signed A.B. 1008 which amends the California Labor Code effective January 1, 2018, to prohibit employers from considering or inquiring about “an applicant’s conviction history,” “arrests not followed...more

California Adopts State-Wide Restrictions on Criminal History Inquiries for Job Applicants

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill No. 1008, which restricts how and when public and private employers can ask applicants about criminal history when applying for employment in California. The new restrictions...more

California Enacts Limitations on Copayment Coupons

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

As prescription drug pricing continues to dominate political headlines, state legislatures are taking action intended to lower drug prices for health plans and patients. Despite industry opposition, California has enacted a...more

California Law Mandates Parental Leave for Small Businesses With 20+ Employees

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 63 last month, which makes CFRA applicable to businesses with 20+ employees. Under the bill, the California Government Code will be amended as of January 1, 2018 to permit eligible employees...more

Leaving Well Enough Alone: Governor Brown Vetoes CEQA Bill That Would Mandate Lead Agencies To File NOEs For Projects Approved As...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown vetoed SB 80 (Wieckowski), a bill that would have added to CEQA’s already detailed notice requirements. Specifically, SB 80 would have amended Public Resources Code §§ 21092.2, 21092.3,...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

UPDATED: California Bans Applicant Salary History Inquiries

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Add salary history to the growing list of topics that may be off limits on employment applications and during interviews, depending on where your business operates. California joins a growing list of jurisdictions banning...more

California Shields Workers From Immigration Enforcement While On The Job

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective January 1, 2018, new obligations will be imposed on California employers to shield their employees from immigration enforcement efforts in the workplace. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 450 along with Senate Bill 54,...more

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

With growing federal employment immigration enforcement, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB-450, the California Immigration Worksite Enforcement Act. AB-450 imposes requirements on all California...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

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

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. October was no...more

“Naming And Shaming" - Could the UK's Approach To Bridging the Pay Equity Gap Be Coming To America?

by Fisher Phillips on

No one denies the pay gap between men and women exists. However, there is much debate as to how best to close that gap. In the United Kingdom (UK), legislators are employing a “naming and shaming” strategy to try to use to...more

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

by Littler on

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

AB 450: California’s Law of Unintended Immigration Consequences

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s new law, Assembly Bill 450, signed by Governor Brown on October 5, and effective January 1, 2018, imposes several new immigration-related duties on California employers and the potential for...more

Expansion of California Parental Leave Rights

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the New Parent Leave Act (“PLA”), extending baby-bonding leave with job protection rights and continuation of pre-existing health insurance to a broad segment of California employees. Employers...more

California Employers Must Comply With Additional Obligations to Protect Immigrant Employees

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Effective January 1, 2018, public and private employers in the state of California will be required to provide employees with prior notice of any federal immigration enforcement action, among other obligations....more

New California Law Prohibits Employers from Seeking Salary History Information from Job Applicants

California has joined a growing number of cities and states seeking to advance gender pay equity by passing laws prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories.1 Effective January 1, 2018,...more

Tips for Contractors Who Want to Help Rebuild After the California Wildfires

I received a call from one of my contractor clients this past week to see what he could do to help those affected by California’s North Bay fires....more

Assembly Bill 168: California Bans Salary History Inquiries

by Reed Smith on

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) and joined other states, cities, and municipalities in banning inquiries into the salary history of prospective applicants. AB...more

California Pay Equity Update: Employers Cannot Ask for Prior Salary

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 12, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law AB 168, which makes it illegal for employers to ask for or rely upon a candidate’s salary history—both compensation and benefits—in determining whether to offer employment,...more

Calif. Adopts New Salary History, Pay Scale Requirements

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Oct. 12, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that restricts employers’ use of applicants’ salary history during the hiring process. This law will also require employers to provide the applicable pay scale to...more

California’s Employment Law Class of 2017: The Summarized Laws and Recommendations for Compliance

by Reed Smith on

NEW LAW: Effective January 1, 2018, California employers cannot ask a job applicant about his or her prior salary or seek out an applicant’s salary history through a third party. Employers may consider prior salary...more

New California Law Restricts Employers From Giving Access to Immigration Agents

On October 5, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly bill (AB) 450, which will prohibit employers, under some circumstances, from providing consent to immigration agents to enter certain areas of the workplace. The law will go...more

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