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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


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


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


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


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