How to Comply with California’s New Workplace Sexual Harassment Training

By Prema Roddam and Sherwood Tung California recently passed workplace reforms to strengthen sexual harassment prevention, and legal protection for victims. The legislation includes several new requirements for workplace sexual harassment training. An increased number of California employers will need to comply with training requirements by 2020. Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in California Governor […]
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California’s New Independent Contractor Test

By Sherwood Tung Businesses that use independent contractors in California need to be wary before classifying a worker as an independent contractor. The reason for precaution is that it is unlawful in California for any person or employer to willfully mis-classify an individual as an independent contractor. Historically, California courts have applied various tests to […]
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Your Workers are NOT Independent Contractors: Dynamex

By: Hooman Yavi Whether an individual worker can be classified as an employee or independent contractor has deep implications for businesses and workers. If a worker is classified as an employee, the business is responsible for: Social Security and payroll taxes; Unemployment insurance taxes; Providing worker’s compensation insurance; and Complying with state and federal regulations […]
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California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act

By: Ana Tsareva On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal court to invalidate California’s AB 450—the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2018—and two other state immigration laws, arguing that they are preempted by federal law. Though the California statutes remain in effect, the Justice […]
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Minimizing Chances of Getting Sued by your Employee

By: Earth Shah, Esq. If you are an employer, especially in California, you are likely familiar with headlines about flurry of lawsuits and might fear that your company is next.  Employee dissatisfaction can lead to lawsuits – and an expensive headache for you.  In California and other employee friendly states, you don’t want to be […]
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New California Employment Laws for 2018

By: Bhakti Shivarekar Governor Brown has signed into law the following employment-related Bills that will impact California employers starting January 1, 2018. The objective of this alert is to share some significant labor laws that take effect on January 1, 2018, along with tips as to how employers can ensure compliance with the laws. Salary […]
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California Employers: New Notice Requirements

California Labor Code Sections 230 and 230.1 provide employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, the right to take time off from work relating to such issues and the right to reasonable accommodations upon request.  Moreover, Employers are prohibited from terminating, discriminating or retaliating against any employee who exercise such rights […]
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Wage and Hour Issues: Proper Pay Practices During Disasters

By: Rohini Vora Catastrophic events often bring reminder of pay and benefits issues that an employer should take into consideration.  Although it is practically impossible to be fully prepared for any disaster, it is important for employers to be aware of employment laws that may be implicated in such situations. It is eminent for employers […]
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New California Employment Related Rules

By: Bhakti Shivarekar, Esq. California enacted new employment and labor legislations which apply to most California employers and have been in effect since January 1, 2017. The following is a summary of some of the changes in the law. Leave of Absence and Benefits Paid Family Leave Benefits Effective January 2018, the amount of paid […]
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