California Employers Prohibited from Taking Adverse Action Against Employees during “Emergency Conditions”

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Celia Guzman As of January 1, 2023, Senate Bill 1044 prohibits California employers from taking or threatening adverse action against an employee for refusing to report to, or leaving, the workplace due to a “reasonable belief”that the workplace is unsafe due to an “emergency condition.”  Here’s what you need to know: 1. Emergency Condition.  An emergency condition is defined to … Continue reading California Employers Prohibited from Taking Adverse Action Against Employees during “Emergency Conditions”

California Employers Required to Provide Bereavement Leave to Employees

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Kyle DeCamp California Governor Gavin Newson has approved and signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, an amendment to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) that will take effect on January 1, 2023. AB 1949 now requires covered California employers to provide eligible employees with 5 days of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a qualifying family member. This bereavement leave … Continue reading California Employers Required to Provide Bereavement Leave to Employees

NLRB Rules that Dues Deductions Continue After a Collective Bargaining Agreement’s Expiration

Written by Anthony Amendola and Eric Engelman As has become standard practice in our increasingly polarized nation, on October 3, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) again changed course on an issue of importance to labor and management. In Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Valley Hospital Medical Center, 371 NLRB No. 160 (2022), the NLRB ruled that employers must now continue to honor dues … Continue reading NLRB Rules that Dues Deductions Continue After a Collective Bargaining Agreement’s Expiration

California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Through 2022

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Gabriel Hemphill On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 152 into law. AB 152 was signed immediately before the expiration of its predecessor, Senate Bill (“SB”) 114 (which we discussed here), which provided Covid-19 supplemental paid sick leave (“SPSL”) through September 30, 2022. Effective September 30, 2022, AB 152 extends the obligations and entitlements of … Continue reading California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Through 2022

California Will Prohibit Employers From Discriminating Against Off-site Marijuana Use

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Corey Singer California employers will be prohibited from firing its workers who use marijuana off the job starting January 1, 2024 thanks to a bill that California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law last month.  Recreational marijuana use has been legal in California since 2016 when a majority of voters approved it.  In many circumstances, however, California employers can still … Continue reading California Will Prohibit Employers From Discriminating Against Off-site Marijuana Use

California Enacts New Law Mandating Pay Range Disclosures In Job Listings

Written by Jeremy Mittman Is your company hiring?  If so, it’s important to know that California has passed new requirements for job postings and important disclosures to applicants and employees. Signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 27, 2022 and taking effect January 1, 2023, the new law will require every California employer with more than 15 employees to disclose a position’s pay range in … Continue reading California Enacts New Law Mandating Pay Range Disclosures In Job Listings

Biden NLRB Rules Employers Cannot Limit Union Insignia without Good Reason

Written by Anthony J. Amendola and Celia L. Guzman In what has become an all too familiar practice of overruling and reinstating precedent based on the political party in control of the Executive Branch, last week, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) reinstated the test that applies when analyzing whether an employer’s dress code or uniform policy interferes with employee rights under the … Continue reading Biden NLRB Rules Employers Cannot Limit Union Insignia without Good Reason

Ninth Circuit Withdraws its Decision on California’s “AB 51” Arbitration Law

Written by Te’Aira Law and Gary McLaughlin California Assembly Bill 51 (“AB 51”), codified as California Labor Code section 432.6 and California Government Code section 12953, was signed by Governor Newsom in 2019 and went into effect January 1, 2020.  AB 51 prohibits California employers from requiring employees to agree to mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment. In early 2020, multiple business associations, including the … Continue reading Ninth Circuit Withdraws its Decision on California’s “AB 51” Arbitration Law

Measure to Repeal PAGA Qualifies for 2024 California General Election Ballot

Written by Jeremy Mittman On July 22, 2022, the California Secretary of State announced that a measure to repeal the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), which authorizes aggrieved employees to file lawsuits on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for Labor Code violations, is qualified for the statewide ballot in November 2024. The proposed initiative, titled the “Labor Code Fair Pay … Continue reading Measure to Repeal PAGA Qualifies for 2024 California General Election Ballot

Hollywood Extends “Return to Work” COVID-19 Protocol Agreement Through September

Written by Jeremy Mittman Hollywood’s unions and producers extended their Return-to-Work agreement through September 30, 2022 amidst surging COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.  The initial agreement between the AMPTP, DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and Teamsters/Basic Crafts was signed in September 2020 and established COVID-19 safety protocols for guild productions. Since then, it has been extended eight times.  In May of 2022, the agreement was updated to … Continue reading Hollywood Extends “Return to Work” COVID-19 Protocol Agreement Through September