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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Authorizing Family Leave for Employees of Small Businesses

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

This month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that expands existing family leave laws to include employees of small businesses. Small businesses should begin preparing for the change in the law, which takes effect on January 1, 2018. Gov. Brown signed SB 63 into law on October 12, 2017. The law… Read More »

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Potential Changes to California Employment Law

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

As the California legislative season comes to a close, dozens of bills that have passed both houses of the legislature are currently awaiting the approval or veto of Gov. Jerry Brown. Among those bills are several potential changes to California’s employment laws that could have wide-ranging impacts on California workplaces. Read on to learn… Read More »

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A Quick Look at Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

Workplace sexual harassment is certainly in the news in a big way right now. As more women come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and as both women and men decide to speak out against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, it is natural to expect that more harassment claims in general will be… Read More »

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Law Before California Legislature Would Raise Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

Prior to the presidential election, the Obama administration enacted a new rule that granted a right to overtime pay for any employee who made less than $913 per week in salaried pay. The rule was slated to enter into effect on December 1, 2016, before a Texas federal judge put a stay in place… Read More »

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Massachusetts Court Rules that Medical Marijuana Patients Cannot be Fired for Pot Use

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

legal when prescribed by a physician. California is now one of a smaller but growing number of states that has legalized possession and use of the drug for recreational purposes as well. Despite the increasing amount of legal approval the drug has received nationwide, many employers continue to disapprove of pot use among their… Read More »

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Employer’s Attorney Held Liable for Retaliation against Worker

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

Attorneys are rarely held personally responsible for the unethical or illegal decisions of their clients, even if the attorneys arguably help to carry out that unethical conduct. It is a very rare occasion when an attorney is held responsible financially or criminally for the acts of their clients. In a ruling that has come… Read More »

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California Court Explains State’s “Day of Rest” Requirements

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

If you’re a California worker or employer and your company is open seven days a week, you know that workers have a right to a day of rest each week. However, the point at which a worker becomes entitled to a day of rest when that worker might be scheduled to work on any… Read More »

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Proposed Law Could Put California in Difficult Position on Immigration Questions

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

A new bill that would govern the actions of California employers is currently before California state legislators. The bill would prohibit employers across the state from disclosing certain immigration status-revealing records upon request by a federal government agency. Learn more about the potential law below, and contact a seasoned California labor and employment attorney… Read More »

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New California Law Changes Employer Obligations on Use of Applicant’s Criminal Background

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

This week, the California Office of Administrative Law announced new rules that will govern how California employers may use information on a job applicant’s criminal history when making hiring decisions. The new regulations are slated to take effect on July 1, 2017, and employers are advised to begin planning now regarding how they will… Read More »

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Uber Beset by Claims of Gender Discrimination and Harassment

By Bay Area Employment Lawyers |

Ride-sharing app Uber has long struggled with its reputation for treating its drivers poorly. According to new reports from its corporate staff, the Silicon Valley giant also fails to provide its full-time employees with safe and equal treatment on the job. Accounts of the harassment and unfair treatment faced by Uber employees began to… Read More »

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