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California HR

Many call California the nation’s hot bed for employment laws and regulations. There are many HR considerations that only apply to California employers. Check out these resources to develop a strategically focused HR plan while also staying abreast of critical compliance challenges under California and federal law.


California Leads the Way on Paid Family Leave

It may not be a huge surprise for California HR professionals, but recent research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that employers in California are ahead of the national average when it comes to paid family leave policies. Much of this trend is driven by state and local laws.

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Apple Gets Bitten by Contract Interference Lawsuit

By Cathleen S. Yonahara, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP

One of the largest tech companies in the world, Apple, Inc., recently bit off more than it could chew when it allegedly convinced an employer to terminate an employee in retaliation for his resistance to Apple’s allegedly illegal anticompetitive conduct. Read the details of this California law case and what it means for employers.

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While You Were Gone … We Found out We Didn’t Need You

What happens when an employee is out on job-protected leave and an employer realizes that everything keeps moving along just fine without him or her or that his or her duties shouldn’t really take 40 hours per week? The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently had to decide just that.

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California Employers Must Be Proactive with Arbitration Agreements

By Carolina A. Schwalbach, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held class arbitration waivers to be enforceable, and since then, many arbitration agreements have been modified to include such waivers. Doing so has allowed employers to streamline the resolution of disputes that otherwise would be in an overburdened court system for years.

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California Gets an ‘A’ in FMLA Protections

A recent state-by-state analysis shows that not many states have expanded on the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) unpaid leave protections or adopted other policies to help expecting and new parents who are employed. However, California received all ‘A’s for the state’s paid leave policy efforts.

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California Court Reminds Employers to Follow Their Own Policies

By Beth Kahn and Sigalit Shoghi, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

The California Court of Appeal has sent employers a message to be vigilant in following their policies and attentive to employees who request time off for medical conditions. A recent ruling against the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) made clear that an employer bears the burden to inquire further when an employee makes an ambiguous request for time off for a medical condition. The case also shows how broad the duty to accommodate can be and how dangerous it is to make any derogatory comments about disabilities.

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Build Your Team and Increase Engagement with Gamification

By Karen Hsu

Are you looking to boost employee engagement at your workplace? Lack of engagement is a big problem in the modern workforce, but gamification can help trainers and HR professionals find the data they need and increase engagement. For some helpful tips, we present an article by Karen Hsu, vice president of marketing at Badgeville, on how gamification can make HR a more data-driven organization.

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Clearing up the confusion on CFRA regs (Infographic)

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The final California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations, which took effect on July 1, bring California rules into closer alignment with FMLA regulations. While the changes mean fewer differences between state and federal regulations, some significant differences remain.

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Don’t Forget to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has reminded Public Works contractors and subcontractors to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) using DIR’s online system. The Labor commissioner resumed enforcement of this requirement August 1, 2016. If this applies to you, read on.

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California Employers, Follow Your Own Policies!

By Beth Kahn and Sigalit Shoghi, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

The California Court of Appeal has sent employers a message to be vigilant in following their policies and attentive to employees who request time off for medical conditions. See how the court’s ruling against a California university is a good reminder for other employers in the Golden State.

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