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

New California Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2017 and Beyond

CalChamber’s employment law counsel wrapped up their analysis of the significant pieces of employment-related legislation that Governor Brown signed into law. The 2017 legislative session produced new laws that will affect California employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2017 and beyond.  Some new laws made significant changes while others new laws made small changes to […]

Oct 25 2016 - General - HRWatchdog Read More »

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Friday Fun Day: This Year’s Craziest Excuses for Calling in Sick

Slightly more than a third of workers (35 percent) said they called in sick over the last 12 months when they were feeling just fine, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. That’s perhaps not the best news for employers, but, the good news is that it’s an improvement from last year, when 38 percent of […]

Oct 21 2016 - Discipline, Time Off - Shane Peterson Read More »


New Workers’ Comp Law Changes Definitions of Excluded Employees and May Affect Your Existing Policies

This week, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones notified workers’ compensation insurers of up-coming changes to the definition of “employee” and to who is an excluded employee. The changes are a result of recently signed legislation, Assembly Bill 2883. Beginning January 1, 2017, all business workers’ compensation insurance policies, including in-force policies, will be required to cover, […]

Oct 20 2016 - Workers' Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


Don’t Forget “Time Off to Vote” Obligations

The general election is November 8, 2016. Employers must display a poster describing voting leave requirements at least 10 days before every statewide election. If an employee does not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote in a statewide election, the employee may take up to two hours of working time to vote […]

Oct 19 2016 - Posters and Notices - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


EEOC Approves Strategic Enforcement Plan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP), which sets national priorities for fiscal years 2017-2021. Employers are well-advised to keep these priorities in mind as the EEOC has certainly been targeting specific areas for enforcement. In the updated SEP, the EEOC continues to prioritize the areas identified in […]

Oct 17 2016 - Discrimination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »