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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS START NOW

Secure Employee Handbook, Forms & Policies With 2021 Updates­­­ By the California legislature’s measure, the profound pandemic-driven changes on workplace legal standards will not be slowing in 2021. In the run-up to its September 30 deadline, Sacramento has churned out a slew of new laws affecting management and workers alike in the upcoming new year. […]

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BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL

COVID 19-Generated Expansions to Our Model Employee Handbook and Forms The current pandemic has been a game-changing wake-up call for us all. Our firm is proud to be helping clients through the maze of COVID-19 generated workplace laws, much of it from Congress’s hasty construction. Accordingly, we have expanded our 2020 model employment handbook and […]

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2020 CALIFORNIA PROHIBITS MANDATORY EMPLOYEE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS

Arbitration is a form of private dispute resolution that takes the place of a lawsuit and court trial.  Arbitration has many business-related advantages, including a more efficient, less-public process than the often-prolonged procedures of the court. Thus, employers often favor this alternative. California Labor Code section 432.6, effective January 1, 2020 as part of Assembly […]

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DEALING WITH THE WORKPLACE “DEBBIE DOWNER”

Properly Confronting the Chronically Negative Employee According to Wiktionary.org, a “Debbie Downer” is a “naysayer; one whose negative remarks depress or dissuade others.”  Most seasoned managers will be all too familiar with how one negative individual can bring down the entire workforce’s morale. Employers are often reluctant to terminate someone just for a negative attitude, […]

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MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY

California At-Will Employees Bound to Lawful Policy Changes by Continuing to Work after Their Adoption  In Diaz v. Sohnen Enterprises, California employer Sohnen Enterprises instituted a mandatory dispute resolution policy requiring that all employee claims be arbitrated. “Arbitration” is a private dispute resolution tool, bypassing court trials by jury. The company informed the employees of […]

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CALIFORNIA LABOR LAWS 2017:

Ensuring Workplace Balance Annual Pasadena Seminar for Employers Covering Employment Legal Essentials, New Workplace Laws for 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 brings yet more significant changes in California workplace laws. Over a day-long session, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will present his annual review of the workplace legal basics, with emphasis on […]

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CALIFORNIA LABOR LAWS 2017:

Bad Idea #1: Close Eyes, Hope for the Best Annual Pasadena Seminar for Employers Covering Employment Legal Essentials, New Workplace Laws for 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 brings yet more significant changes in California workplace laws. Over a day-long session, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will present his annual review of the […]

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Safe Harbor in Sight, Piece Work Compensation In California

July 1, 2016 Deadline Approaching for Notice To Take Advantage of Critical Backpay Provisions   As we reported in last December’s Piece Work Compensation is a Wreck Waiting to Happen, The Perils of New Labor Code Section 226.2 (Piece Work), California has implemented detailed requirements for production-based compensation systems beginning January, 2016.  This new law […]

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Employment Arbitration Agreements

In California, the Battle Continues While private parties doing business are free to agree to arbitrate any dispute between them outside of the courts, an employer who presents a “take-it-or-leave-it” arbitration requirement to a job applicant as a condition of hiring presents special problems. California’s appeals courts have been particularly dedicated – or perhaps in […]

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California Labor Laws 2015: California Expands National Origin Discrimination Definition

The Effect of an “Undocumented” Driver’s License On Workplace Policy and Procedure is Touchy In 2013, Assembly Bill [AB] 60 created Vehicle Code section 12801.9 authorizing the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals. AB 60 thus directs the DMV to accept alternative satisfactory forms of proof of identity […]

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