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Legislative Forecast for 2014
A number of bills that, if enacted, will affect private-sector employers are pending in the California legislature, including proposals to increase the minimum wage and require paid sick leave.

Fire Department Employees Not Covered by FLSA Exemption
Dispatchers and aeromedical technicians employed by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department did not fall within the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption for employees “engaged in fire protection” and were entitled to standard overtime wages for the time they worked past 40 hours in a single workweek the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over California ruled.

Is Bias Claim Barred If Worker Used Another’s Social Security Number When Applying for Job?
The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an appeal brought by a former employee who claims the lower courts incorrectly determined that his disability discrimination claim was barred because he misappropriated someone else’s Social Security number to apply for the position. 

Supervisor’s Conduct Supported Same-Sex Harassment Claim
Finding that an intern produced sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to conclude his supervisor engaged in a pervasive pattern of harassing conduct “because of sex,” the California Court of Appeal allowed his harassment suit to proceed.  

Continuous Video Surveillance of Truck Drivers Does Not Violate Law
California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a published opinion on whether continuous video surveillance of truck drivers during their on-the-job driving constitutes a misdemeanor under California Labor Code section 1051, where the video file is inspected by a third party and used as a basis for discipline by the driver’s employer. 

Arbitration Agreement Enforceable, Except as to Unpaid Wage Claim
The California Court of Appeal found a former employee’s arbitration agreement with his employer was valid and reversed the trial court’s denial of the employer’s motion to compel arbitration as to the employee’s claims wrongful termination and Labor Code violations. The court ruled the former employee’s claim for unpaid wages, however, could proceed in court. 

Alternative Workweek: Oasis or Mirage?
California law provides allows employees to waive ordinary overtime requirements for less restrictive requirements when an employer properly adopts an alternative-workweek schedule. As with most areas of the California Labor Code, success is in the details.

California's Heat-Illness Rules in Spotlight Again
California’s requirements for heat-illness prevention are once again under scrutiny. Facing calls from labor groups for more protections, state regulators are weighing the possibility of changing the rules. Business groups, though, see no need for regulatory changes.

Homophobic Bullying of Heterosexual Employee Is Sexual Harassment
A heterosexual oil rig employee who was subjected to bullying and homophobic slurs at work proved hostile environment sexual harassment despite the fact that the offensive conduct was not motivated by sexual desire, a California appeals court ruled.

Employee May Choose Not to Use FMLA Leave
An employee may affirmatively decline to use leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if the underlying reason for seeking leave would have invoked FMLA protection, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over California ruled. 

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California State Legislative & HR Conference
Apr 23-25, 2014 | Sacramento, Calif.

California Certification Preparation
Mar 24 - Apr 30 | Virtual

Seminars in San Francisco, Calif.
May 21 | California Base Compensation
May 21 | California Workplace Law
May 21 - 22 | Talent Acquisition
May 21 - 22 | Organizational Development
May 21 - 23 | PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation
May 22 - 23 | HR Business Partners II: Consulting Skills Implementation
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May 22 - 23 | Employee Relations

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Metro Economic Outlooks
SHRM’s Metro Economic Outlook reports provide comprehensive analyses of the economies of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Click below for reports on:
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California results: 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.

The Employee Benefits Landscape
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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