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Ban the Box Update – California Passes “Ban the Box” Law

BAN THE BOX UPDATE Most employment application forms have an inquiry requiring applicants to disclose information about their prior criminal convictions before the employer even considers the applicant. The City of Los Angeles implemented a “ban the box” law earlier this year for employers with 10 or more employees (click here for additional information on… Continue Reading


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Minimum Wage Increase – Effective January 1, 2018

Minimum Wage Increase – Effective January 1, 2018 As a reminder to California employers, the next phase of the minimum wage increase shall take effect January 1, 2018. Businesses should start to review their pay practices now to ensure timely compliance with the increase and how it affects overtime and exempt classifications. State Minimum Wage… Continue Reading


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Employment Law Updates Impact California Employers

TWO IMPORTANT NEW BILLS IMPACT CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS Just before the October 15th deadline, Governor Brown signed many new pieces of legislation, many of which will have significant impact on California small businesses. We highlight two of the recent bills here. The first bill, the “New Parent Leave Act” mandates that employers with 20 or more… Continue Reading


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New USCIS Form I-9 Effective September 18, 2017

USCIS FORM I-9 NEW FORM EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 As a reminder, the USCIS has updated the Form I-9 and Employers must begin using the new form effective today, September 18, 2017.  The new form has a revision date of “0/7/17/17 N”. Another significant change is the timing when the Form I-9 must be completed.… Continue Reading


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DACA Update: Work Re-Verification Not Required

DACA Update: Work Re-Verification Not Required The State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), has issued a news release following the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The LWDA has taken the position that employers are not required to undertake an immediate re-verification of any work authorization for a… Continue Reading


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DFEH Issues Workplace Harassment Guide for California

DFEH ISSUES WORKPLACE HARASSMENT GUIDE FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS On May 2, 2017 the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a guide for California employers on preventing, addressing and correcting claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. The guide provides steps to implement an effective anti-harassment program; what steps should be implemented to conduct… Continue Reading


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Employment Law Updates – July 2017

In this update we address the recent publication of a new I-9 form and revised wage orders. USCIS Releases a Revised Form I-9 WAGE ORDERS UPDATED USCIS PUBLISHES NEW I-9 FORM The US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers can use this… Continue Reading


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More Employment Law Changes Effective July 1

If employers thought that summer was a time to relax, think again. California has enacted several more items of legislation which take effect on July 1st. So, in addition to the minimum wage increase we discussed in our last article, the new laws going into effect on July 1, 2017 pertain to:  Notice To Employees… Continue Reading


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Los Angeles Increases Paid Sick Leave Benefits

LOS ANGELES INCREASES PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016 Los Angeles City Council recently voted to increase the paid sick leave benefits required to be provided to employees working within the City of Los Angeles. These paid sick leave benefits are now double what the State of California has mandated. Below is a… Continue Reading


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Rest Breaks …. What You Need To Know

In this edition we will address two recent and very important cases for employers to review relating to the legally required paid rest breaks provided to non-exempt employees. Also addressed below is a reminder about the March 1st deadline as to the All Gender Bathroom legislation effecting California employers. In two recent important decisions by… Continue Reading