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

The Tone Starts at the Top: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past. Lately, it seems that not a week goes by without another news report on allegations of rampant harassment at high-profile companies. Most employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t seem to stop the problem from […]

Jul 12 2017 - Harassment, Training - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

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A First from the Labor Commissioner: General Contractor Fined for Subcontractor’s Wage Theft

The Labor Commissioner fined a general contractor nearly $250,000 for wage-and-hour violations committed by its subcontractor, and a hearing officer recently upheld those fines. This is the first time that the Labor Commissioner has held a general contractor responsible for wage theft by its subcontractor by issuing citations under AB 1897 (section 2810.3 of the […]

Jul 10 2017 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

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50th Anniversary of Age Discrimination Protections

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibiting age bias against workers 40 years of age and older. Yet, persistent age bias and stereotypes continue to plague older workers, channeling them out of the workforce and limiting economic growth, according to experts appearing before the federal Equal […]

Jul 7 2017 - Discrimination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Back from the Holiday? Don’t Forget About New Domestic Violence Notice

If you have 25 or more employees, you now must provide new employees with a written notice about the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to take protected time off for medical treatment or legal proceedings. The notice also contains information on victims’ rights to accommodation and protections against discrimination. As […]

Jul 5 2017 - Posters and Notices, Time Off - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Los Angeles Demands $1.45 Million Penalty for Violation of Local Minimum Wage Law

Penalties just got very costly for Los Angeles employers. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Office of Wage Standards (OWS) announced this week that they are demanding $1.45 million in penalties from Carl’s Jr. Restaurants for the alleged failure to comply with the city’s minimum wage laws at several Los Angeles locations. […]

Jun 28 2017 - Local Ordinances, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »