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CalChamber’s employment law experts analyze federal and California legislation, important court cases and agency actions that affect employment law.

Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Use of Juvenile Criminal History Information

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed AB 1843 which prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant’s juvenile convictions or using such convictions as a factor in determining any condition of employment. The bill prohibits employers from inquiring into any “adjudication” made by the juvenile court, including crimes listed under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 707(b) (e.g., murder, […]

Sep 28 2016 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

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NLRB Advice Memo: Independent Contractor Mistake is an NLRA Violation

State and federal enforcement agencies continue to crack down on the misclassification of independent contractors. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of General Counsel released an Advice Memorandum, which concluded that an employer’s misclassification of employees as independent contractors “interfered with and restrained” employees Section 7 rights. This is a new and expanding […]

Sep 26 2016 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


Los Angeles Garment Manufacturers Targeted In Labor Enforcement Sweep

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office issued $682,344 in fines and penalties to 18 garment manufacturers and contractors in a two-day enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area. The sweep also resulted in stop orders for employers that were not carrying workers’ compensation insurance. The two-day enforcement sweep began on September 7 and included 22 worksite […]

Sep 23 2016 - Compensation, Workers' Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


Governor Signs CalChamber-Supported Bill Improving Disability Access

Governor Edmund Brown Jr. has signed a California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that will help businesses assess whether commercial rental property is compliant with disability access laws. AB 2093 (Steinorth; R-Rancho Cucamonga) ensures that owners and tenants are aware of any construction-related access violations and therefore have the opportunity to resolve any violation before a lawsuit is filed […]

Sep 22 2016 - Accessibility - HRWatchdog Read More »


States and Businesses Sue to Halt Federal Overtime Rule

This week, 21 states and a coalition of more than 50 business groups filed separate lawsuits challenging the new Department of Labor (DOL) federal overtime rule. The federal overtime rule is scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. It changes the salary level that must be met before an executive, professional or administrative employee […]

Sep 21 2016 - Overtime - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »