11 Dec

California Employer Update 2020

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New Year — New Laws! Each new year brings a bundle of new laws, and this year was particularly eventful in the employment law arena. Below we summarize some of the key new laws that will impact California employers in 2020.   Arbitration Arbitration Agreements as a Condition of Employment (AB 51). The new law prohibits employers from requiring any applicant for employment or any employee to waive any right, forum, or procedure under the California …

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16 Oct

Limitations on Arbitration Agreements in Employment following OTO, L.L.C. v. Kho and AB 51

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It has been an eventful couple months for arbitration agreements in employment with the California Supreme Court’s ruling in One Toyota of Oakland, OTO, L.L.C. v. Kho (2019) 8 Cal.5th 111 (OTO) and the passage of AB 51. Employers will need to carefully review their arbitration agreements and practices to ensure they are compliant. This article will break down what we learned from OTO and AB 51, and what employers can and cannot do moving …

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13 Jan

2018 Employment Law Update

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Each New Year brings a host of new laws, and 2018 is no exception. There are several laws employers should be aware of. Below we summarize three of the most important changes taking effect in the New Year. New Parent Leave Act Beginning January 1, 2018, employers with at least 20 employees will be required to provide unpaid leave to new parents. (Note that employers with 50+ employees are already required to provide leave for …

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1 Apr

California Minimum Wage Scheduled to Increase to $15 Per Hour by 2022

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On April 4, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law, setting forth a schedule that will gradually raise California’s minimum wage each year, until it reaches $15.00/hour.  The increases begin on January 1, 2017. For employers with 26 or more employees, California’s minimum wage will increase as follows, except when scheduled increases are temporarily suspended by the Governor, based on a determination that economic conditions cannot support a minimum wage increase: $10.50/hour on …

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17 Oct

California’s New Fair Pay Act – What Employers Need to Know

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On October 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Fair Pay Act (the Act), an equality wage bill introduced by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). In signing the bill, which goes into effect January 1, 2016 for employers with California-based employees, Governor Brown called the act “another step toward closing the persistent wage gap between men and women.” Gender-based pay discrimination was already prohibited under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and …

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