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California Issues Initial Implementation Guidance on 2017 Housing Laws - HCD Identifies Jurisdictions Where Local Governments Must...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• One of the most notable laws in California's package of housing laws passed by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017 is SB 35, which requires most local governments to issue housing developers...more

The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017: California’s newest warning requirements

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the fall of last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (the "CPRTKA"), adding provisions to the California Health and Safety Code commencing at § 108950 related to...more

Department Of Business Oversight Continues To Grow

by Allen Matkins on

On January 10, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown issued his proposed budget for California's 2018/2019 fiscal year. The proposed budget detail is available here. The Governor is proposing a modest increase (about 3%) in the total...more

DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice

by Fisher Phillips on

Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 450 – the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act” – to prohibit employers from voluntarily consenting to federal immigration agency access to worksites without a judicial warrant,...more

Direct Contractors In California Should Take Steps Now To Reduce Exposure For Unpaid Wages By Subcontractors

As of January 1, 2018, direct contractors in California who make or take a contract “for the erection, construction, alteration, or repair of a building, structure, or other private work” are jointly and severally liable with...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Governor Brown calls for 5 million electric vehicles by 2030, $2.5 billion for charging stations - The Mercury News - Jan 26 Governor Jerry Brown last Friday announced a sweeping new...more

2018 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, there are new changes in state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws. California: In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed new campaign finance laws that require political committees...more

California Evidence Code Section 956(B): How To Preserve The Attorney-Client Privilege Over Advice Concerning Medical And...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

California Governor Jerry Brown signed an amendment to California Evidence Code Section 956 ominously known as the “crime-fraud exception”. The newly-revised Code Section attempts to address the tension between state and...more

Four-Term Governor Jerry Brown: One Last Budget

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, beginning the final year of his unprecedented four terms as governor, unveiled his 16th and last state budget proposal, which projects a $6.1 billion surplus, mostly a result of...more

Are you compliant? A new year brings new laws impacting California employers

by Dentons on

In 2017, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown were busy passing new laws that will impact employers across California this year. Although some took effect in 2017, most of the new laws impacting California...more

Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018

Governor Brown signed into law a slate of 15 new housing bills last fall. Three of those bills that related to funding sources for housing went into effect immediately, while the other 12 took effect on January 1, 2018. These...more

New Year Brings Major Changes To California Employers’ Immigration Practices - FAQs Regarding California AB450 – The Immigrant...

by Fisher Phillips on

Soon after ringing in the New Year, California employers will need to spend the beginning of 2018 coming to grips with a significant new law that will require an immediate adjustment to immigration-related business practices....more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

A Solution in Search of a Problem: The California Legislature Imposes Duties for Employers When ICE Audits Your I-9s

California Assembly Bill (AB 450) is a bold move by the State Legislature to enter the I-9 arena – an area that has long been recognized as within the domain of the federal government. The Bill was signed by Governor Jerry...more

Arkansas Environmental Personnel Moves (Update): Former Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Director Teresa Marks,...

Former Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Director Teresa Marks is now serving as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (“DPR”). Ms. Marks was appointed to the...more

California Adopts Emergency Cannabis Regulations for Licensing Beginning on January 1, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On November 16, 2017, California published the long awaited rules and regulations to implement voter approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016, which legalized adult use of cannabis in the State of...more

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

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