DLSE CLARIFIES NEW SICK LEAVE LAW

Beginning on July 1, 2015, California employers must provide paid sick leave to employees. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (AB 1522) applies to all employers, regardless of size. The law requires either one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked or...

MAJOR CHANGES TO STATES WHISTLEBLOWER LAW

California’s whistleblower statute, California Labor Code Section 1102.5, protects from retaliation employees who “blow the whistle” on conduct they perceive to be illegal. Before January 1, 2014, section 1102.5 prohibited employers from retaliating against employees...

GOODBYE TO EMPLOYMENT ARBITRATION IN CALIFORNIA?

Governor Jerry Brown signed two pieces of legislation AB 802 and AB 2617 that may make the arbitration of employment claims in California undesirable after January 1, 2015. The new law, applicable to arbitrations occurring on or after January 1, 2015, all but...

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO FEHA REGULATIONS

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council is considering proposed amendments to the regulations interpreting the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The draft regulations are posted at www.dfeh.ca.gov.FEHCouncil.htm. They reflect recent amendments to the...

MANAGING “BAD” BEHAVIOR AT WORK

Dealing with inappropriate workplace behavior can be challenging for employers. Sometimes the problem is an employee’s abrasive personality or unprofessional conduct. In other situations, an employee may be engaging in “bad” behavior due to a disability or medical...
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