California Employers Blog

Latest from California Employers Blog

Last year was a devastating wildfire season in California – one of the worst ever on record.  And while things are relatively quiet (thus far) in 2019, that can change in an instant.  In response to the hazards these fires may present to workers, Cal/OSHA recently adopted an emergency regulation to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke.  That emergency regulation went into effect on July 29, and imposes various obligations on impacted employers – including…
California Employers Should Monitor These 10 Critical Bills as the Legislative Year Comes to a Close As the 2019 legislative year is about to come to a close, there are a number of critical labor and employment proposals still making their way to Governor Newsom’s desk. With just four short weeks remaining for the Legislature to pass bills, there will be a flurry of activity as everyone watches to see which bills cross the finish…
Governor Newsom Signs Law Prohibiting Employment Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyles Governor Newsom recently signed legislation to provide that prohibited employment discrimination based on race under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also includes discrimination based on hair texture and protective hair styles.  This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. California employers will need to review workplace grooming standards in order to ensure compliance with the law. The legislation, Senate Bill
California Bill Would Prohibit Employment Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyles A measure currently pending in the California Legislature, and garnering wide bipartisan support, would provide that prohibited employment discrimination based on race under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also includes discrimination based upon hair texture and hairstyles.  If enacted into law, this bill will require California employers to re-evaluate workplace grooming standards applicable to their work sites in order to ensure compliance with…
Looking Ahead – California Legislature to Address Dynamex and a Host of New Employment Proposals February 22 was the last day to introduce new legislative proposals for the 2019 California legislative year. A whopping 2,576 bill were introduced before the deadline, making for an extremely busy legislative year ahead. Although new ideas can be added later through the “gut and amend” process, we now have a fairly clear sense of the labor and employment issues…
Any avid watcher of medical dramas would tell you that a hospital always has the ability to cut ties with any doctor who is not up to snuff. (For podcast fans we highly recommend Dr. Death.) They would tell you this is particularly true if the Department of Health points out that doctor’s errors.  However, as you know, real life is not that simple. In a case published last week, the California Court of…
A New Year’s Gift for California Trucking Companies: Meal Period and Rest Break Laws No Longer Apply It’s official: California’s infamous meal period and rest break laws no longer apply to truck drivers regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s hours-of-service requirements. Following a petition from the American Trucking Association (ATA), the Secretary of Transportation deemed California’s onerous meal and rest break laws to be preempted by federal law on December 21, and therefore no longer…
On January 1, 2019, the state minimum wage in California increased again.  It is now $12.00 per hour for employers of 26 or more employees and $11.00 per hour for employers of 25 or fewer employees.  Local minimum wages are increasing as well.  On January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in the City of San Diego increased to $12.00 per hour for all employers, and the minimum wage in the City of Oakland increased to…
December 3 was the first day of the new legislative session in California. It was a day of festivities and ceremony, as new members were sworn into office and Democrats had their first taste of the “super-duper majority” dominance in both houses of the legislature. December 3 was also the first day that members could introduce bills for the 2019-2020 legislative session. If the first day is any indication, there is one issue that will…
While much of the attention this midterm election has been focused on Congress and federal issues – the “blue wave” and a “referendum” on the Trump presidency – California employers know all too well that employment and labor policy is largely being driven at the state and local level. The split in Congress between the Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-controlled House means that we can expect continued gridlock and lack of significant federal legislation on…