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There are many ways in which employment laws in California differ from those in the rest of the country. An employment attorney discusses eight of these “compliance hot spots.”
Workplace Biometric Technology Outpacing the Law
Whether they’re clocking in to work, trying to enter a secure room or driving a company car, many workers are finding that the procedures for these everyday workplace occurrences are changing.
Up to Juries: Uber, Lyft Drivers’ Status as Employees or Contractors
In two cases stretching the boundaries of what it means to be an employee, juries in California will decide whether Uber and Lyft drivers are employees or independent contractors.
No Employer Liability If There Is No Actionable Harassment or Discrimination

An employer cannot be held liable for failure to prevent sexual harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act if there is no actionable sexual harassment, the California Court of Appeal ruled.


Significant Employment-Related Bills Before Legislature
There are a number of significant employment-related bills before the California legislature, including one that would increase the state’s minimum wage beyond the already contemplated 2016 increase and one that would expand the California Family Rights Act to apply to employers with more than five employees.
Affirming summary judgment in favor of an employer on an employee’s disability discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the California Court of Appeal ruled that the employer was not required to eliminate essential functions of a position as a reasonable accommodation.
Heat Illness Prevention Regulation Amended
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.

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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.

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How do California employers compare with national averages in benefits offerings? Survey data of 300 benefits are reported in 11 areas. 




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