In December 2023, the California Civil Rights Department (“CRD”) filed the first-of-its-kind lawsuit under the California Fair Chance Act (“Act”) against Ralphs Grocery Store (“Ralphs”) in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.Continue Reading First Lawsuit Under CA’s Fair Chance Act Filed Against Ralph’s Grocery Store: A Message for CA Employers to Comply

New laws in 2024 expand workplace protections for employees regarding their current and past cannabis use. Nikki Mahmoudi and Tomiwa Aina review these changes, previewed in our 2024 Employment Law Update seminars, in this episode of California Employment News.Continue Reading California Employment News: Expanded Workplace Protections Regarding Cannabis Use

California law requires private employers with 100 or more employees and/or 100 or more workers hired through labor contractors to annually report pay, demographic, and other workforce data to the Civil Rights Department (CRD). This year, the pay data reporting portal opened on February 1, 2024, and employers have until May 8, 2024 to submit their annual reports. To aid employers, the CRD released updated FAQs as well as new versions of the pay data reporting Excel templates, a user guide, and training slides. The FAQS are available here. Continue Reading The California Civil Rights Department has Released New Guidance for Employers Required to Report Workforce Data

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), a new federal filing requirement for many business entities, became effective on January 1, 2024.  The CTA was enacted as part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 to provide Federal and State enforcement agencies with more comprehensive information about small and shell companies to help control money laundering and terrorist financing activities.  The database of information provided by the CTA Reports will not be available to the general public but will be accessible by Federal and most states’ criminal and financial law enforcement agencies.Continue Reading Important Notice Regarding the Corporate Transparency Act Filing Requirements

Last October, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1076 into law and it became effective as of January 1, 2024.  AB 1076 was the Legislature’s attempt to codify the California Supreme Court’s 2008 decision, Edwards v. Arthur Anderson LLP, which held that non-compete agreements in the employment context are unenforceable unless they fall within one of the three narrow statutory exceptions dealing primarily with the sale of business interests.  AB 1076 makes clear that requiring an employee to enter into a non-compete is unlawful and can subject the employer to penalties of up to $2,500 per violation.Continue Reading Employers Beware: The Deadline to Comply with Notification Requirement of California’s New Non-Compete Law is Rapidly Approaching!