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NATURAL DISASTERS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | February 13, 2018

2017 saw its share of natural disasters in California, including devastating wildfires. Mudslides and an earthquake already have occurred in 2018. Along with the terrible losses, a natural disaster can significantly disrupt business operations, affecting employees and...

CALIFORNIA’S NEW PARENT LEAVE LAW FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Eric J. Glassman | The Daily Recorder | January 30, 2018

An employer’s size often dictates the extent of its obligation to provide employees with leaves of absence for a variety of reasons. To make matters more complicated, the laws’ size thresholds are inconsistent. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal...

WHEN IMMIGRATION OFFICERS COME KNOCKING

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Justin R. Paddock | The Daily Recorder | January 23, 2018

It just became more difficult for California employers to comply with federal immigration inspections. The California Legislature and the Governor enacted AB 450 in response to recent federal actions related to illegal immigration. Effective January 1, 2018, employers...

EMPLOYERS PREPARE FOR JANUARY 1 NOW

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | January 11, 2018

Several of the new employment laws taking effect on January 1, 2018, require employers to change policies, forms, and procedures. Below is a non-exhaustive summary of key updates to employment documents, notices and postings, policies and employee handbooks, internal...

NEW CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2018 (PART 2)

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew J. Roberts | The Daily Recorder | January 3, 2018

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of new California employment laws. Several new laws taking effect in 2018 will affect how California employers do business.  This two-part article summarizes key changes that employers can expect and...

NEW CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2018 (PART 1)

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew J. Roberts | The Daily Recorder | December 26, 2017

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series providing an overview of new California employment laws. Several new laws taking effect in 2018 will affect how California employers do business.  This two-part article summarizes key changes that employers can expect and...

OBTAINING APPLICANT CRIMINAL HISTORY

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Alayna Schroeder | The Daily Recorder | November 27, 2017

California employers use background investigations to obtain useful information about prospective candidates. An applicant’s criminal background is part of that process. However, employers must understand the legal parameters of obtaining and using criminal history....

DRAFTING LAWFUL VACATION POLICIES

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Eric Glassman | The Daily Recorder | November 7, 2017

California employers do not have to offer employees vacation, or “PTO” (paid time off).  Many employers choose to do so, because time away from work not only benefits employees, but also can improve productivity, inspire loyalty, and reduce “burn-out.” Once employers...

FIRING EMPLOYEES WHO SPEAK OUT

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Justin R. Paddock | The Daily Recorder | October 24, 2017

Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter have made it easier for employees to speak publicly to broad audiences.  Recent data indicates over three-quarters of American employees access one or more forms of social media.   Employers may be wary of their...

“HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT” CREATED BY EMPLOYER’S RESPONSE?

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | October 12, 2017

State and federal laws require employers to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct discrimination and harassment.  Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic, such as age, disability, race, religion, or sex.  Harassment is unlawful if...

NEW ‘NATIONAL ORIGIN’ DISCRIMINATION REGULATIONS

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Eric Glassman | The Daily Recorder | September 13, 2017

Discriminating against job applicants or employees based on national origin has long been unlawful under both federal and California law. The term “national origin” is not limited to one’s country of birth. But what other characteristics are included within the term?...

2017 CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT ROUNDUP

By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | August 30, 2017

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of recent California Supreme Court decisions in employment law. We continue below with brief summaries of the California Supreme Court’s key employment law opinions during the past year. We also preview...

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