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Bulletin: California Sexual Harassment Regulations Finally Approved

On July 18, after much delay and many revisions, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved regulations relating to A.B. 1825, California’s mandatory sexual harassment training law. The regulations go into effect 30 days after the date of passage. The new regulations clarify the interactivity requirements for e-learning programs and webinars, and heighten the […]

Recordkeeping: EEO-1 Forms Due This Month

If your company is required to file an annual EEO-1 Form (Standard Form 100, rev. 3/97) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), take note that the deadline is September 30, 2006. The EEO-1 report must be filed annually by employers with 100 or more employees or employers with federal government contracts of $50,000 or […]

News Notes: Court Approves Weekly Overtime In California

A court has rejected a bid by labor groups to block the Industrial Welfare Commission’s recent changes to California’s overtime laws, set to take effect January 1. Unless overturned by a higher court, this latest development clears the way for overtime to be required only after 40 hours in a week rather than after eight […]

Age Discrimination: TV Writers’ Lawsuit Claims Age Bias

A group of 28 screenwriters have filed a class action lawsuit against the major television networks, studios and talent agencies, claiming that a pattern of age discrimination exists in the television industry that has squeezed out writers who are over 40. The writers charge that the networks, studios and agents are so eager to capture […]

White House Expands Domestic Partner Benefits

President Barack Obama recently issued a memo directing federal agencies to extend benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to the extent permitted by current law. The memo begins: For far too long, many of our Government’s hard-working, dedicated LGBT employees have been denied equal access to the basic rights and benefits their […]

E-Alerts: Mandatory Arbitration: Court to Take Another Look at Recent Ruling

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has decided to review its ruling last year upholding mandatory arbitration of bias claims. The case involves secretary Donald Lagatree, whose job offer at the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps was revoked when he refused to sign a binding arbitration agreement. A three-judge panel sided […]

News Notes: Binding Arbitration Legislation Struck Down

In 2000, Sacramento lawmakers enacted SB 402, requiring counties and other local agencies to submit, under certain circumstances, to binding arbitration of economic issues that arise during negotiations with unions representing firefighters or law enforcement officers. Now the California Supreme Court has struck down the law, ruling that it interferes with state constitution provisions giving […]