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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.


‘Bag Check’ Settlements Have Lessons for California Employers

Several California employers have in recent weeks shelled out millions of dollars to settle claims that their employees should have been paid for time spent waiting for security checks.

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California’s Top 5 Wage and Hour Risks

The new federal overtime rules, the misclassification of employees, and recordkeeping are among the top five wage and hour risks employers in California face, according to California attorney Marc Jacuzzi of the law firm Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, PC.

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Parental Leave Bill Is Vetoed

California’s governor vetoed a bill September 30 that would have granted 6 weeks of “parental leave” to some employees in the state. Governor Jerry Brown (D) said in a letter to lawmakers that he was particularly concerned about the impact the law would have on small businesses.

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What’s New at Cal/OSHA

The federal Occupational Safety and Health’s (OSHA) reports on deficiencies in state-run OSHA programs were published in September 2010. Cal/OSHA has been working steadily ever since to address federal OSHA’s criticisms—including a criticism that Cal/OSHA had too narrowly drawn the criteria for “repeat” citations and criticisms of Cal/OSHA’s appeals process.

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California Adopts Silica Rule, Despite Construction Objections

On March 25, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized its new crystalline silica rule. Despite a court challenge, and over the objections of Cal/OSHA’s construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has adopted federal OSHA’s silica rules.

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California DIR Receives $1.8M Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1.8 million ApprenticeshipUSA grant to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to develop and expand apprenticeship programs in California.

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Don’t Tell Your Pregnant Employees to Consider Themselves Fired

Yes, we know that this should go without saying—it’s well-established that pregnancy discrimination is against the law. However, an employer is facing a lawsuit after telling employees that the next person to get pregnant should stay home and consider herself fired.

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Supreme Court Won’t Review FLSA Whistleblower Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will not review an appeals court ruling that a wage and hour complaint lodged by a human resources director can be “protected activity” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as long as he or she is not responsible for compliance with the law.

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California Seeks to Close the Wage Gap

By Megan Walker, Fisher Phillips

The Federal Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Fifty-three years later, lawmakers across the United States are still searching for ways to narrow the pay gap between men and women. California is one of the states that is leading the way—so what new laws are on the horizon?

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Pension Reform for California

By Jeff Sloan and Susan Yoon, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP

In a groundbreaking decision issued in August, the California Court of Appeal shot down a constitutional challenge brought by employees and their unions against the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association’s (MCERA) action to eliminate certain forms of “spiking” payments from being included in the calculation of employees’ final compensation.

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