This year, California employers were faced with new legal obligations from numerous governing bodies, including the California legislature, Cal/OSHA, and local city and county governments. As we prepare for 2022, below is an overview of some of the latest legal developments and key new laws going into effect next year. COVID-Related Cal/OSHA + Federal OSHA Developments As we previously shared, Cal/OSHA issued new COVID rules
As we look ahead to the new year, below is a summary of several updates to the employment laws in California, some of which have already gone into effect and others of which are effective January 1, 2021. The following is an overview of some of the key changes California employers should be aware of, which will require handbook and/or policy updates to remain in
In his first legislative session since taking office in January 2019, Governor Newsom has signed off on several employment laws that will impact California employers starting January 1, 2020. Below is a brief summary of some of these laws: AB 5 – Limitation on Independent Contractor Classifications: One of the most publicized new employment laws is Assembly Bill 5, which substantially limits the classification of workers
Despite the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v. City of Santa Monica, discussed in detail Here, in which the Court stated that plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases must prove discrimination was a “substantial factor motivating a termination of employment, and when the employer proves it would have made the same decision absent such discrimination, a court may not award damages, backpay, or an order of reinstatement,”
In Campbell v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, 642 F.3d 820 (9th Cir. 2011), the Ninth Circuit considered whether 2,000 unlicensed accountants in California who had sued PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP were categorically ineligible to fall under two exemptions to California’s overtime laws—the professional exemption and the administrative exemption—and concluded that they were not, reversing the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. The Court first explained
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