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New California Employment Laws Effective on July 1, 2024

Most employers look for legal updates on new laws impacting their business at the start or end of each year. However, the laws and ordinances discussed below are effective on July 1, 2024. Workplace Violence Prevention Plans Senate Bill (“SB”) 553 requires employers...

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Classification: FAQs

The proper classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt is often at the root of wage and hour litigation, and there are many common misunderstandings about the subject. Below are some of the questions SLG attorneys most frequently receive about employee...

Health Care Industry Minimum Wage Increase Delayed

In 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 525, which established five separate minimum wage schedules for certain covered health care facilities, effective June 1, 2024. However, due to a projected state budget deficit, Governor Newsom recently signed SB 828,...

New Guidance on Employers’ Use of Artificial Intelligence

The use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) is on the rise everywhere – including in the workplace. Although it can be a useful time-saving tool, employers must ensure that their use of AI does not violate applicable employment laws. Let’s start with the basics.  What...

School’s Out for Summer: Hiring Minors 101

It’s the time of year when many employers will be hiring minors for the summer, which comes with unique challenges and requirements. We highlight the key issues below. Work Permits. With few exceptions, minors under 18 years old must have a permit to work and...

Good Faith Defense to Wage Statement Violations

We love reporting a rare win for employers in the California Supreme Court! Last week, the Court ruled that employers can avoid the often substantial penalties accompanying wage statement violations by proving that their noncompliance was not “knowing and...

EEOC Releases Updated Enforcement Guidance on Harassment

For the first time since the 1990s, the EEOC has issued new enforcement guidance on workplace harassment – applying existing law to the modern workplace. The Guidance is not binding law, but it provides valuable insight as to how the law will be enforced. The Guidance...

FTC Joins California in Banning Noncompetes

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a final rule banning noncompete agreements nationwide. Of course, most California employers already think of noncompetes as things of the past (see our previous posts about California’s recent...

EEOC Publishes Expansive “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” Final Regulation

The EEOC has finally published its long-awaited final regulation implementing the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), which is effective on June 18, 2024. As you may recall, the PWFA “requires covered entities to make reasonable accommodations to a...

Documentation for Employers: 101

For any number of reasons, employers may find themselves lacking sufficient documentation supporting their legitimate, business-related reasons for employment-related decisions. Maybe they’ve been avoiding uncomfortable conversations with an employee. Or HR has an...

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