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CalChamber’s employment law experts analyze federal and California legislation, important court cases and agency actions that affect employment law.
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Los Angeles Ban-the-Box Ordinance Now Effective

The “Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” ordinance, also called the “Ban the Box” ordinance, is now law in the City of Los Angeles. As previously reported, this ordinance effectively eliminates the commonly used criminal history check box found on many employment applications. The ordinance, which also imposes a new poster requirement, took effect January 22, […]

Jan 23 2017 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

California's Legislature is considering a double-pay holiday bill

Job Killer Mandates New Leave of Absence

A more expansive version of a job killer bill vetoed last year has been reintroduced. The California Chamber of Commerce has identified SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) as a job killer bill because it will overwhelm small employers by adding to the burden under which they already struggle.  SB 63 requires a California employer who employs as few […]

Jan 20 2017 - FMLA/CFRA - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


Don’t Forget to Use New Form I-9

This past November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9. Employers were given a grace period before they were required to use the new form. But that grace period expires soon! By January 22, employers must only use the new Form I-9 with the revision date of 11/14/2016 N. Prior versions […]

Jan 19 2017 - Form I-9 - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Lawful

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a split among the federal courts regarding whether class action waivers in arbitration agreements are lawful under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) or if, instead, such waivers violate the labor law provisions found in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Court agreed to consolidate three […]

Jan 17 2017 - Hiring, Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »


California Proposes Regulations on Transgender Protections, Including Restroom Issues

Last year, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed amendments to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to specifically address protections for transgender persons, including restroom-related protections. This week, the FEHC announced further modifications to the proposed regulations and seeks additional public comment. The FEHA prohibits harassment and discrimination based on protected classes. […]

Jan 13 2017 - Discrimination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »