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California Revises Regulations on Family and Medical Leave
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a former employee of a Domino’s Pizza store in California filed a sexual harassment complaint in 2009, she decided to sue a variety of different parties. This included not only the franchisee and her former supervisor, but also the franchisor.
The dispute ultimately made its way to the California Supreme Court. In August, the court ruled that franchisors are liable in such cases only if they have day-to-day control over relevant employment matters (Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza LLC, Calif., No. S204543 (Aug. 28, 2014)).
Just about every place you go, everywhere you turn, people are tapping on their smartphones. And as the devices get more sophisticated, the legal issues surrounding them are getting more complicated.
Businesses are grappling with all of these issues in the workplace. With their electronic devices, workers can record discussions in the office, or take pictures or videos of co-workers.
Store cashiers spend a lot of time on their feet while operating cash registers. Bank tellers also stand for long periods, cashing checks and handling other transactions. Are employers required to provide these workers with seats?
As of now, the answer is unclear. For that reason, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking clarification from the California Supreme Court. The federal appeals court is trying to determine employers’ precise obligations in these types of circumstances.
Now that a bill expanding California’s Paid Family Leave program has been enacted, employers should review their leave policies and be prepared for many questions from workers, according to employment attorneys.