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  • Dave’s Desk: New Year, New Laws Reminder

    New Year, New Laws Resolutions for Employers in 2018 Employers are reminded that as we turn over a fresh leaf for the new year, numerous new laws have become effective in California. Notably, the minimum wage has increased ($11.00 per hour); the Ban the Box prohibition has become effective (affecting employment apps and other hiring practices); the prohibition against asking

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  • Dave’s Desk: Employment Arbitrations Under Review

    Examination of Current Employment Arbitration Laws What You Should Know In early October, the U.S. Supreme Court returned to work and has taken up a case that may impact millions of workers across the United States in how they and employers deal with grievances and complaints. The case is Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis and it is the most recent

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  • Dave’s Desk: New Laws for 2018

    New Laws to Apply for 2018 Employers, now is the time to ensure you are aware of the latest laws for 2018. Over the last several weeks, Governor Brown has signed into law and/or vetoed several pieces of legislation affecting employment in California. Here are some you should be aware of: AB 1008 (Ban the Box) – Effective January 1,

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  • Dave’s Desk: Defining National Origin

    Defining National Origin   Recently California has issued proposed regulations through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing which would go beyond those issued in 2016 by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The new California regulations, if passed, will go in effect by the end of 2017 and substantially expand the protections for applicants and employees based on

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  • Dave’s Desk: Current Pending Employer-Related Legislation

    Current Pending Employer-Related Legislation   For employers, current legislation pending in California generally includes a mix of beneficial news and some that may cause distress.  At the present time, there are four (4) Bills pending, among numerous others, which I am watching closely and wanted to share with you. On the positive side for employers, Assembly Bill 281 and Assembly

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