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Last Call: California Legislature Makes Final Push for 2015 Session

Still pending in the California legislature are several bills of particular interest to California private sector employers, including one that would increase the minimum wage statewide and one that would expand the scope and coverage of the California Family Rights Act.


Janitorial Services Firm Fined Almost $460,000 for ‘Wage Theft’

The California labor commissioner issued citations of $459,573 to a janitorial employer after an investigation uncovered wage theft violations affecting 12 workers, many of them recent immigrants from El Salvador.


Bumble Bee Settles Worker’s Oven Death for $6M
Canned-tuna company Bumble Bee Foods agreed to a $6 million settlement—the largest payout in California history for violating workplace safety regulations and causing the death of a worker—the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced.

Federal Arbitration Act Pre-empts Plaintiff’s State Rights

An arbitration clause in a consumer agreement was enforceable, including the class action waiver, despite four supposedly one-sided arbitration provisions in the agreement, the California Supreme Court held. The much-anticipated decision has significant implications for arbitration agreements between employers and employees.


Joint Employers Beware

California employers who work closely with one or more other employers in a single business enterprise need to be aware of a significant change in a California law. Recent regulations interpreting the California Family Rights Act include a new, broad definition of the concept of a "joint employer" for liability purposes.


Employees Requesting Accommodation Are Now Protected

A new law amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to reflect what many already believed to be the law: employers and other covered entities cannot retaliate against employees or other persons who request a religious accommodation or an accommodation for a disability.


Paid Sick Leave Amendments Effective Immediately
California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act took effect July 1, 2015, and on July 13, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed “urgency” legislation, which is immediately effective and amends many paid sick leave-related provisions.


Cal/OSHA Issues Safety Guidance for Staffing Employers
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) outlined state-specific legal requirements for protecting temporary workers in a recently released fact sheet.

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The Employee Benefits Landscape
How do California employers compare with national averages in benefits offerings? Survey data of more than 300 benefits are reported in 10 areas. 

Employee Benefits Strategies
The purpose of the Employee Benefits Strategies series is to identify the benefits California organizations provide to their employees and determine if they leverage these benefits for recruitment and retention. In this research, California data are compared with national data.

Metro Economic Outlooks
SHRM’s Metro Economic Outlook reports provide comprehensive analysis of the economies of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Click below for reports on:
Los Angeles
San Francisco
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The Ongoing Impact of the Recession
These survey findings look at differences between California and the U.S. in financial health, hiring, recruiting, and the skills gap.


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