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Marijuana and the Workplace What are the (New) Rules

The Adult Use Of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) (the Act) provides that public and private employers are allowed to enact and enforce workplace policies pertaining to marijuana and are allowed to maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace. Proposition 64 provides that marijuana use is prohibited in public places, places where smoking or vaping is prohibited,… Continue Reading


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Labor Commissioner Issues FAQs on Rest Breaks & Lactation Accommodation

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) (aka the Labor Commissioner) recently issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) memo regarding rest breaks and lactation accommodation. Click here for a link to the FAQs.    Rest Breaks: California employers must authorize and permit a net 10-minute paid rest period for every four hours worked (or… Continue Reading


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Transgender Rights In the Workplace Poster

In July, 2017, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) regulations were amended to expand protections for transgender rights in the workplace.  The additional protections included making it unlawful for an employer: to discriminate against an individual who is transitioning, has transitioned or is perceived to be transitioning, to impose any appearance, grooming or… Continue Reading


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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