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Apr 08 2014
Labor RelationsWage and Hour

CALIFORNIA: Collective Bargaining Agreements Can Determine Overtime Compensation

Collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) can, in certain cases, override strict state laws on overtime, ruled a California court of appeals. 

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Feb 04 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Written policy crucial in obligation to provide meal and rest periods

The obligation to “provide” meal and rest periods may require an affirmative policy authorizing and explaining how to take those breaks, according to a recent decision from a California court of appeals.

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Nov 14 2013
HiringLeave LawsWage and Hour  

New California employment-related laws to take effect in 2014

Governor Brown has recently signed a flurry of California bills into law.

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Oct 15 2013
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Huge punitive damage award upheld in retaliation case

Speaking up about concerns in the workplace, and being fired as a result, resulted in a huge jury verdict against a California employer.

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Aug 13 2013

CALIFORNIA: Teasing over “girly” clothes may be illegal harassment

A California state agency was recently sued by an employee who claimed to have been harassed by coworkers for his manner of dress.

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Apr 20 2012

CALIFORNIA: Employers need only provide, not mandate, breaks and meal periods

The California Supreme Court recently released a much-anticipated decision, ruling that employers need only make appropriate break and meal periods available to their employees, but they need not ensure that they are actually taken. Read More…
Dec 16 2011
Hiring

CALIFORNIA: Notice for new hires effective January 1, 2012

Just a reminder: As of January 1, 2012, California employers must notify new hires of a laundry list of information about their job and the company. For current employees, if any of these items change (for example, due to a promotion), you must give written notice. The Labor Commissioner had…

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Oct 21 2011

CALIFORNIA: Governor signs 2011 employment-related bills

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a number of bills that affect the workplace. They all take effect on January 1, 2012. Employers cannot be required by the state of California or any city or county in California to participate in the federal E-Verify program ( Health insurance coverage for pregnant…

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