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California’s New Hairstyle Discrimination Act

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

California has just become the first state in the United States to bar employers and school officials from discriminating against people based on their natural hair. After the historic bill passed the California Senate by a unanimous 69 to 0 vote, Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law on July 3, 2019. The law… Read More »

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Proposed California Law Would Significantly Narrow Definition of “Independent Contractors” in Serious Overhaul of Gig Economy

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

A proposed piece of legislation in California could have a massive impact on California’s current gig economy. The law aims to clarify the definition of “independent contractors” and would not only affect traditional companies but might have significant implications for companies such as Uber and Lyft that rely on the independent contractor model. The… Read More »

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New California Law Bars Secret Sexual Harassment Settlements

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

The onset of the MeToo movement has changed the landscape for employees and employers across the country, and California has been at the forefront of making legislative changes in accordance with the movement. Effective this year, a new California law limits how businesses can resolve claims of workplace sexual harassment. Background on the New… Read More »

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California Business Ranking – 2016

By Jon McGrath |

Every year, CNBC releases a ranking of America’s top states for business. The rankings are based on “60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves.” Typically, California is ranked one of the most difficult… Read More »

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Leaves of Absence: FMLA vs. Disability

By Jon McGrath |

There are a variety of California and federal laws that require employers to allow an employee to take a “leave of absence” from employment. Leave of absence laws are generally focused on protecting the right of employees to pursue protected activities, including seeking treatment for protected ailments, and thereafter return to work. These laws… Read More »

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No More Gender Specific Toilets

By Jon McGrath |

Everyone likely knows the frustrations of having to wait for a vacant single-user restroom at a restaurant. Often, a restroom of the opposite gender is unoccupied but you must wait until a matching gender facility becomes available. You wonder if anyone will care or notice if you enter into the opposing gender restroom. The days… Read More »

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Minimum Wage To Increase January 1, 2017

By Jon McGrath |

Regardless of whether you agree with California’s decision to gradually increase its minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2022, it is here! On January 1, 2017, the first phase of Senate Bill 3, which has been codified as Labor Code § 1182.12 et seq., will take effect by raising the state’s minimum wage… Read More »

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Pay Increases For Exempt Employees in 2017

By Jon McGrath |

In order to be exempt from overtime pay, an employee must meet certain requirements. These requirements are set forth in California’s Wage Orders and Labor Code sections. Computer Software employees must meet the exemption criteria described in Labor Code § 515.5 et seq. Licensed Physicians and Surgeons must meet the exemption criteria described in… Read More »

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Employee Handbook Facts and Tips

By Jon McGrath |

In general, an employee handbook sets forth a company’s policies and procedures as they pertain to the employer/employee relationship. It should properly and adequately inform employees of the nature of their employment, company policies and procedures, notices, and employee benefits, rights, and expectations. Many employers have not reviewed their employee handbook and/or do not… Read More »

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California’s New Attempt to Press the Boundaries of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA).

By Jon McGrath |

California has a long history of pressing the boundaries of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). In doing so, California has resisted the federal government’s Supreme authority to establish the laws of the land. “The Federal Arbitration Act states that a ‘written provision’ in a contract providing for “settle[ment] by arbitration” of ‘a controversy …. Read More »

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