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Eight Major 'Compliance Hot Spots' in California

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March 27, 2015

 

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Dan Abrams: Two-Sidedness Overrated

By Allen Smith  3/25/2015

Whether it’s the opinion page or his own reporting, Dan Abrams, a legal analyst for ABC News and founder/publisher of news site Mediaite.com, is a man drawn toward opinions.

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March 26, 2015

 

Whether they’re clocking in to work, trying to enter a secure room or driving a company car, many workers are finding that the procedures for these everyday workplace occurrences are changing. To continue reading this article, please click here

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March 20, 2015

 

There are a number of significant employment-related bills before the California legislature, including one that would increase the state’s minimum wage beyond the already contemplated 2016 increase and one that would expand the California Family Rights Act to apply to employers with more than five employees.   

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March 13, 2015
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The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board on Feb. 20, 2015, adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and heat illness prevention plans.  

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March 6, 2015
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A California appellate court recently confirmed that employees need not exhaust administrative remedies before pursuing most state Labor Code claims, even those accruing prior to the enactment of Labor Code Section 244(a), which expressly states there is no administrative exhaustion requirement. The decision brings clarity to an area of law noted for its split of authority.

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February 27, 2015
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An employer did not violate California’s Family Rights Act (CFRA) by terminating an employee who engaged in outside employment while out on CFRA medical leave, conduct prohibited by the employer’s policy, the California Supreme Court ruled.

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February 20, 2015

 

California enacted new occupational safety and health laws last year that will impact Golden State employers in 2015. These new statutes deal with harassment training, cool-down periods, penalty abatements and workplace violence prevention.

Except for the violence prevention law, all legislation went into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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February 6, 2015

 

 

California #HR professionals already have a lot of state-specific details they need to understand. This year, many new laws are taking effect, and employers are grappling with a flurry of court rulings and regulatory activity from 2014.

To help clarify the changes, the California Chamber of Commerce provided an overview in Long Beach on Jan. 14, 2015–one in a series of seminars being held statewide this month.

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January 30, 2015

 

Even as the president called for a national paid-sick-leave law in the week leading up to the 2015 State of the Union address and during the speech, employers in California are struggling to comply with a state mandate for paid leave that takes effect July 1, 2015.

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January 23, 2015

 

Although the California Constitution calls for the legislature to convene on Dec. 1, 2014, to start the 2015-16 regular session, the legislature did not reconvene until Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

The following are key first quarter 2015 events and deadlines:

•Jan. 10: Budget bill must be submitted by governor.

•Jan. 30: Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.

•Feb. 27: Last day for bills to be introduced.

•March 26: Spring Recess begins upon adjournment (legislature reconvenes on April 6).

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January 16, 2015
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What you need to know about service animals, emotional support animals, other kinds of animals at work 

A dog walks into a bar. Or a department store. Or perhaps it’s carried into a supermarket and set in the seat of a grocery cart. 

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January 9, 2015
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Why Should HR Advocacy Matter to Californians?

Since history shows that policy initiatives originating in California can lead to national legislative efforts, I was hired by SHRM in March 2014 to work in SHRM’s new advocacy office in Sacramento to make sure the voice of the HR professional in California is present in shaping effective workplace public policy.  While establishing an office in Sacramento is a major step forward, we still need help from our SHRM members in California to guarantee that the interests of HR professionals are heard.

January 8, 2015

 

By Michael Brewer, Christopher Cobey and Jason Shapiro, © Littler  12/16/2014

In addition to federal and state laws, San Francisco has 10 labor and employment laws that apply only to employees working within the city. On Dec. 5, 2014, the 11th San Francisco-specific employment law was enacted, expanding the rights of some retail workers employed by specified retail employers.

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January 2, 2015
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California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has published a poster and wage notice for employers to use in compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 1522, California’s new mandatory sick pay law.

On Sept. 10, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The act requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked starting on July 1, 2015. The act also required the DLSE to create a poster and updated wage notice for employees.

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December 26, 2014
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Since 2006, California law has required all employers of 50 or more who conduct business in the state to provide at least two hours of interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees. That training is required at least once every two years and must be conducted by qualified trainers, defined by law and including attorneys who meet specific criteria. New supervisors and new hires in supervisory positions have to be trained within six months of assuming a supervisory position. The content of that training is specified by law.

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December 26, 2014

 

A newspaper misclassified its newspaper carriers as independent contractors, the Superior Court for the County of Sacramento ruled following a trial in a class action for employees’ unpaid mileage expenses under Section 2802 of the California Labor Code.

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November 28, 2014
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In the spring of 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court. The decision clarified businesses’ legal obligations regarding meal and rest breaks, an area that had generated many lawsuits.

Now, many companies are still grappling with these legal issues. They include some big-name employers, like Apple and SpaceX, which are facing claims that they failed to provide workers with mandated breaks. In July, a California court approved class certification in the Apple case.

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November 21, 2014
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The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is the California law that addresses the rights of individuals with regard to religion and the obligations of employers. The FEHA provides protection from discrimination in employment because of a person’s religious beliefs or creed.

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November 14, 2014