By: Meagan Christiansen As has become a pattern each year, there are a number of new laws enacted in 2013 that will undoubtedly affect California employers in 2014. The attached is a brief description of the major new legislation and regulations that employers should look out for. Please do not hesitate to contact any one… Continue Reading
Summary of Program The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years. The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the… Continue Reading
By: James L. Brannen Currently, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects the right of persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination on account of various classes including, “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age,… Continue Reading
By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On September 25, 2013 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 10 into law. Under the new law the statutory minimum wage for California employees will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour as of July 1, 2014. Then, on January 1, 2016, the statutory minimum wage will increase to $10… Continue Reading
On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown, signed into law AB 241, providing overtime to nannies and other domestic workers in California. The new law requires employers to pay time-and-a-half overtime to any nanny, housekeeper, or personal attendant who works more than nine hours in one day, or 45 hours in a week. Coupled with California’s new… Continue Reading
By: Meagan D. Christiansen AB 2263 AB 2663 made various technical changes to various sections of the Education Code administered by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and of the Public Resources Code to improve, and continue effective administration of the System. Among the changes made are the following:
By: Meagan D. Christiansen Labor Code section 2810 states that "[a] person or entity may not enter into a contract or agreement for labor or services with a construction, farm labor, garment, janitorial, or security guard contractor, where the person or entity knows or should know that the contract or agreement does not include funds sufficient… Continue Reading
Governor Brown recently signed into law AB 2674, imposing new requirements on how and when employers respond to employees’ requests for inspection and copying of their personnel files.
By: Meagan D. Christiansen Existing law required that the Department of General Services track and report on the State’s contracting activity with businesses, including such owner characteristics as ethnicity, race and gender. AB 1960 simply extends the characteristics tracked in the database to include businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. While California… Continue Reading
Last year, California revised Labor Code section 2751 such that any employment agreement involving “commission” payments would have to be put into writing with a signed copy of the agreement be given to the employee. Those revisions go into effect on January 1, 2013.
By: Chelcey E. Lieber Governor Brown signed AB 1598 on September 30, 2012, amending Labor Code section 1720 relating to public contracts. The existing law defines the term “public works” for purposes of imposing certain requirements in the payment of prevailing wages. Existing law generally defines “public works” to include construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or… Continue Reading
By: Meagan D. Christiansen AB 1675 was signed by Governor Brown to increase the penalties farm labor contractors face where failing to become properly licensed by the Labor Commissioner. Previous law required farm labor contractors to be licensed by the Labor Commissioner. Under that law, violators were guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by specified fines,… Continue Reading
By: James Kachmar Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB1660 into law. Introduced by Assembly Member Nora Campos, AB1660 amends the Labor Code to require certain people working with minors in the entertainment industry to apply for a Child Performer Services permit and submit to a criminal background check. The bill also prohibits registered sex offenders from… Continue Reading
By: Shauna N. Correia Governor Brown recently approved SB 1255, AB 1744 and AB 2674, amending existing Labor Code section 226 relating to wage statements. Existing law requires all employers to provide employees with accurate itemized statements with specific information, either semimonthly or at the time of each payment of wages. Penalties up to $4,000 or… Continue Reading
By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. As the L&E Law Blog readers may recall from the August 31, 2011 blog post and the teleseminar I conducted on September 14, 2011, the court in Arechiga v. Dolores Press, Inc. (2011) 192 Cal. App. 4th 567 was the sole California decision that held that “mutual wage agreements” were legal… Continue Reading
By: Charles L. Post AB 1844 is now law. Among other things, it: (1) prohibits an employer from requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for employment to disclose a user name or password for the purpose of accessing personal social media or to require the employee or applicant to access personal social media in… Continue Reading
By: Brendan J. Begley California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law earlier this month the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, AB 1964, a bill that expands the prohibition against religious discrimination by employers. This new law mandates that workers receive equal protection despite their religious beliefs or appearance while protecting those who wear religious attire. The… Continue Reading
By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On September 23, 2012 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1775 which makes changes to California’s Wage Garnishment Law.
By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Gov. Brown signed AB 1875 on September 17, 2012. The new law essentially brings California civil procedure in line with federal civil procedure and, absent an exception or some other relief by the court, limits depositions to seven (7) hours in length.
By: Lizbeth (“Beth”) V. West, Esq. In October 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 469 – the “California Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011” (the “Act”). The Act created Labor Code section 2810.5(a) which, as of January 1, 2012, requires employers to provide some new employees at the time of hire with a written notice that… Continue Reading