California Employers Must Develop a Workplace Violence Prevention Program Under New Law: Your 5-Step Compliance Plan

Insights 10.02.23 California lawmakers were pushing an aggressive legislative proposal this year that would have required almost every employer in the state to comply with a workplace violence prevention standard developed with healthcare employers in mind. This was despite the fact that Cal/OSHA had been working on a standard that would apply to general industries. Thankfully for… Read More »

California Employers: Required Pamphlet and Notice Updates

02.28.2024 | UPDATES California recently updated two pamphlets that employers must provide to employees. The new pamphlets are (1) a “Time of Hire Pamphlet” pertaining to workers’ compensation (to be provided at the time of hire) and (2) a “For Your Benefit” pamphlet, pertaining to unemployment insurance (to be provided at the time of an… Read More »

California Increases Minimum Wage, Protections for Fast-Food Workers

Published: Sep 28, 2023 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Beginning in April next year, California’s minimum wage for the state’s 500,000 fast-food workers will increase to $20 per hour – the average hourly wage for fast-food workers in 2022 was $16.21. Through the Fast Food Council, workers will have a stronger say in setting minimum wages and working conditions,… Read More »

California Employment Law Legislative Update: Bills that will become law in 2024 and beyond

Below is an update on the fate of these employment law bills so employers will know which ones are slated to become law. The Governor vetoed several noteworthy bills that would have expanded the state’s protected classes, employee work-from-home rights and CalWARN notice requirements. On the other hand, the Governor signed multiple significant employment law… Read More »

New California Background Check Requirements Take Effect October 1: The 7 Things Every Employer Needs to Know

California employers will need to make changes to their background check and criminal history review process thanks to new Fair Chance Act regulations taking effect October 1. You should begin to prepare now for these new compliance obligations, starting with reviewing our list of seven things you need to know. California’s Fair Chance Act, Explained… Read More »

New Form I-9 Released

Today’s the day! Nine months after the previous Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification expired, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published new, revised versions of the Form I-9 documents. Employers should start using these new Form I-9 documents as soon as possible. Employers must use the Form I-9 to verify their employees’ identity and employment authorization. The new Form I-9 (edition date 08/01/23) has… Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Blocks California’s Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements: 7 Key Takeaways for Employers

A federal appeals court just paved the way for California employers to continue utilizing mandatory arbitration agreements with employees and job applicants. You may be familiar with the litigation roller coaster of California’s Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51), which was slated to take effect January 1, 2020, placing a ban on mandatory arbitration in employment… Read More »

Does Your State Protect Off-Duty Cannabis Use? 8 Questions for Employers to Consider as You Revamp Your Policies.

The impact of cannabis on the workplace continues to evolve as more states legalize its recreational use. One such example is increasing protection for workers’ off duty cannabis use. How will these changes affect your workplace? Here is a brief overview on the history of evolving cannabis laws and eight questions to consider when you… Read More »