Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Harassment. What Type of Training is Required?

FAQ About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace This is a follow-up to our first article on when employers must train their workers about sexual harassment in California. This article explains what training is required by the California California Department of Fair Housing and Employment. What training do employe...

Key Labor Code Laws When Employers Misrepresent Their Work to Solicit Employees to Move

Labor Code 970 can be used as the basis for a civil complaint against an employer. It provides that: This statute provides that: “No person, or agent or officer thereof, directly or indirectly, shall influence, persuade, or engage any person to change from one place to another in this State or from any place ou...

Severance Agreements in California

Video Summary of Severance Agreements Made for California Employees It’s important to remember that severance agreements have two parts. Part one. The amount being paid and related considerations The first part is what you’re getting paid to agree to leave the company. The amount of severance usually depends...

The Causes of Action Against Defendants in Wrongful Employment Discharge Cases

In the case of the employee who was terminated by Mattel, Inc. after nearly 50 years of service, there are numerous legal causes of actions that our employment lawyers asserted. These causes of actions are often asserted in similar wrongful employment termination cases. They are listed to show what laws and remedies a...

New Ninth Circuit Ruling Applies Dynamex Decision Retroactively – Making It Hard to Say Workers aren’t Employees

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 2, 2019, that the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision can be applied retroactively. Dynamex changed the rules in the new gig economy – the sector of the economy that uses apps to help drive business while giving workers flexible hours. Both the Dynamex decision and...

New Law Explains Employers Rights to Ask about Prior Criminal Convictions

New Laws for California Employees on Background Checks Forbes reported that effective January 2, 1029, California employers will have to comply with a new law called the California Fair Chance Act. The law requires that employers in both the private and public sector delay any background checks until the employer make...

The #MeToo Movement and Civil Lawsuits

2018 saw the rise of a new movement – the #MeToo movement. Women began to disclose experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. A chorus of victims stepped forward. The #MeToo movement started in October 2017 on social media. As a result of the movement, criminal cases have been brought against some o...

What Criminal Records Can’t Be Reviewed by a Prospective Employer

The new ban the box law in California provides that employers must wait until a conditional offer of employment is made before they conduct a criminal background check. The law prevents the prescreening of applicants. In this way, the decision to hire the applicant is based on his/her abilities. Once the offer of em...

New Law Clarifies Pre-Employment Salary History Questions by Prospective Employer

Employers have the right to ask job applicants many questions but there are certain questions that are improper – out of bounds. A recent bill which was signed into law, Assembly Bill 2282, was enacted to clarify some confusion about what questions are proper and which ones are improper. Prior law Employers can...