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The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training and heat illness prevention plans.
 
Employee’s Violation of Company Policy Justified Firing While on Leave
An employer did not violate California’s Family Rights Act (CFRA) by terminating an employee who engaged in outside employment while out on CFRA medical leave, conduct prohibited by the employer’s policy, the California Supreme Court ruled.
 
A California appellate court confirmed that employees need not exhaust administrative remedies before pursuing most state Labor Code claims, even those accruing prior to the enactment of Labor Code Section 244(a), which expressly states there is no administrative exhaustion requirement.
 
Employers Need Not Relieve Employees of All Duties During Rest Breaks
A California appellate court held that while state law prohibits employers from requiring employees to work during rest breaks, it does not require employees to relieve employees of all duty during rest breaks.
 
A recent California Court of Appeal decision joins a growing number of cases finding the existence of uniform corporate policies, standing alone, is insufficient for class certification. 
 
So Long, Farewell: Securing Effective Release Agreements
When workers are laid off or let go from their jobs, a prudent employer will send them on their way with a document that’s worth its weight in gold: a separation or severance agreement.
 
The California Supreme Court ruled that an employee who is on medical leave does not have a greater right to reinstatement or to other benefits and conditions of employment than if he or she had been continuously employed.
   
 

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