Employer Obligations Under the New San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

On April 12, 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to finally pass the “Paid Parental Leave Ordinance,” setting San Francisco on the path to becoming the first U.S. city to require fully paid parental leave (up to a maximum weekly benefit amount). The Ordinance is expected to be signed by Mayor Edwin Lee soon and become operative on January 1, 2017. Under the Ordinance,...

California’s New FEHA Regulations Mandate Specific Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Prevention Policies

The Fair Employment and Housing Council recently adopted amendments to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) regulations. The amendments, which take effect on April 1, 2016, require that employers develop and distribute harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention policies that...

2015 End-of-Session Bills Signed by Governor Brown

At the close of the legislative session, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of important employment bills, including SB 358 targeting California’s gender wage gap, and AB 622 barring employers from abusing the E-Verify system. Below is a summary of the bills that apply...

Right to Cure Certain Wage Statement Violations Under PAGA

On October 2, 2015, Governor Brown signed AB 1506, amending the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), effective as of that date. Before an employee can bring a PAGA claim against an employer for certain wage statement violations, the employer will have an opportunity to cure the...

California's Fair Pay Act

On October 6, 2015, Governor Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) (the “Act”), amending Section 1197.5 of the California Labor Code. The Act strengthens California’s existing equal pay provisions and wage disclosure laws. The Act will take effect January 1, 2016. Equal Pay...

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