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Reasonable Accommodation of Disabilities: What Is Legally Required?

Disability discrimination litigation seems to be on the rise. For this reason, it is critical for employers to understand their obligations and the protections provided to employees and applicants under both state and federal laws. These laws provide that individuals (employees and applicants) with a disability are protected from discrimination, and may need to be… Continue Reading


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Notice to Comply With Wage Theft Protection Act Form

As discussed in our Year End Newsletter, one of the laws affecting California employers, effective January 1, 2012, is the requirement to provide a notice to new hires which complies with newly enacted Labor Code §2810.5(a) entitled Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011. The new law not only adds new requirements and amends several existing… Continue Reading


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IRS Announces 2012 Standard

The IRS issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes. Beginning January 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. This rate for… Continue Reading


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New Laws for 2012

Governor Brown was busy signing new legislation this year which impacts California employers. Below is a list of the more significant laws that will impact operations and which require your immediate attention for compliance. Unless specified, all new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2012. Credit Checks Prohibited Currently, employers have been permitted to… Continue Reading


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Supreme Court Update on Brinker

Finally, after waiting for three years from the time the case was originally granted review, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court on November 8, 2011, and (eventually) determine whether an employer’s obligation is to “provide” meal and rest periods, or to “ensure” that meal and rest… Continue Reading


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Workplace Gambling – its Not Just Fun and Games

With March Madness approaching, it is not an uncommon situation for office pools to be organized by co-workers. While this may seem like a fun and harmless workplace activity, promoting teamwork and enhancing morale, such “gambling” actually can place the employees and the company at risk for criminal penalties. California Penal Code Section 337a makes… Continue Reading