On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed over a dozen bills into law with the intent on making the Golden State the leader in the nation on the much-analyzed and discussed topic of sexual harassment.
Governor Brown signed his last bill on Sunday night. Over his career, he signed nearly 20,000 bills, including 1,016 this year. The new laws, on a range of issues from climate change to criminal justice to gender issues, place California on the “left coast” politically. Brown’s ambitions can be summarized by his statement that, “We are going to be the moral compass and the policy trendsetter of the country.”
While these new laws will benefit employees and address serious and relevant issues, they will continue to place more demands on employers across California who attempt to comply with the most legislated corporate territory in the country.
A full list of Governor Browns approvals and vetoes can be found in his Legislative Update. Of the dozens of bills signed into law on September 30, the most relevant on this topic include the following: Continue reading
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Stay up to date with recent changes to California labor law posters! In order for your business to stay in compliance with these recent changes, the updated posting(s) must be downloaded, printed, and then posted next to your current labor law poster. Remember, labor law posters must be posted in a conspicuous location so that all employees may see them.
1. EDD- Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave:
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has updated its EDD notice regarding Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave. The updated notice reflects a change to the online application platform, as well as formatting changes. The department recommends maintaining updated information, however, this update will not be mandatory until January 1, 2019. The poster revision date is August 8, 2018.
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by Jennifer Grady, Esq.
Sexual Harassment claims are on the rise and can cost employers significantly in terms of time, money, and lost productivity. According to the EEOC, over 1,700 complaints of discrimination based on sex (pregnancy or sexual harassment) were filed in California in 2014. When there is a sexual harassment claim, both sides can lose–in addition to the social, economic, and psychological effects suffered by victims of harassment, these complaints cost employers millions of dollars in legal fees and lost opportunities. Continue reading
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by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.
In California, all employers must meet workplace posting obligations. Fortunately, workplace postings are usually available at no cost from the requiring agency. The Department of Industrial Relations requires employers to post information related to wages, hours and working conditions in an area frequented by employees where it may be easily read during the workday. Additional posting requirements apply to some workplaces.
To ensure that your Employment and Labor Law Posters reflect changes in the law effective January 1, 2014, you may want to order the latest version of the poster from the requiring agency, or a company that specializes in all-in-one posters.
The following changes took place in 2013:
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)- updated February 2013;
- California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Notice to Employees- updated May 2013;
- Whistleblower Protection- updated July 2013;
- Cal OSHA- updated July 2013;
- Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Discrimination & Harassment- updated November 2013;
- Employment Development Department (EDD) Unemployment Compensation- updated November 2013;
- Effective July 1, 2014, California’s minimum wage increased to $9.00 an hour.
For a list of available safety and health postings, visit the Cal/OSHA publications page.