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GET SCHOOLIN’: NO FOOLIN’
Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Every two years, employers with five or more on payroll must provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive sexual harassment prevention training and education to all California supervisory employees and at least one hour of such training to all nonsupervisory employees working on-site or remotely within California. New employees must complete this training within six months of hire.

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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 77
72 MILLION REASONS NOT TO MESS WITH WOMEN
Employer Agrees to End Widespread Sex Discrimination

Activision Blizzard, Inc. and related companies were targeted in 2018 with joint investigations by the California Civil Rights Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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WE OFFER AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Make a Wage Audit a Priority

California employers can be in for a rude awakening on discovery they are not fully compliant with the Labor Code. Devastating results can occur when not-so-friendly state or federal investigators come knocking.

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2024
SACRAMENTO LOVE LETTER
Mandatory Non-Compete Notices Due February 14, 2024

As previously covered, California has tightened the noose on noncompete clauses that could restrain employees from engaging in lawful professions, trades, or businesses.

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FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN 2024
LAST CHANCE
Annual Seminar for Employers
Friday, February 23, 2024
Covering Employment Legal Essentials and New Workplace Laws

Secure your spot for our final virtual session on “what’s new” in California employment law for 2024.

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PAGA MONSTER GROWS MORE LEGS
Best Protection Against Potentially Devastating Group Labor Claims is … Prevention

While there have been a few employer-favored developments,  claims under California’s  2004 Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) continue to rise, permitting a single worker to seek Labor Code penalties on behalf of a company’s entire payroll.

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2024
“LONG-COVID”
REHIRING REVERB
Hospitality Employers Must Give COVID-Laid Off Workers Priority

A vestige of the pandemic, California hospitality workers laid off due to COVID have continuing and dramatically expanded comeback rights under SB 723.  See: What’s New in 2024: Extended Comeback Rights: Hospitality Workers to Receive Longer Rehire Protection (November 10, 2023).  Such rights extend not only to workers formerly employed by hotels, clubs, event centers, and airport-related hospitality providers, but also to janitorial and security guard companies.

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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 76
GIVE PEEPS A CHANCE
Civil Rights Department Sues Ralphs For Violating Fair Chance Act

The Fair Chance Act, California Government Code 12952 (also known as Ban-the-Box),  prohibits employers of five or more people from asking for criminal background information until after a conditional job offer to an applicant.  It also requires individual assessments of a person’s criminal record against job description and allowing the person a chance to respond to any employer decisions based on criminal history.

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2024
FAR OUT, MAN
Cannabis Users Discrimination Protections

Protected classifications, or classes, in California include race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (40 and over), mental and physical disabilities, sex, gender …

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2024
1.5 Cents Increase, Annual IRS Standard Mileage Rate

The Internal Revenue Service has announced its 2024 optional standard mileage reimbursement rate for employee business use of a personal vehicle, effective January 1, 2024, up from 65.5 to 67 cents/mile.

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