Author: James W. Ward

New Employment Laws Starting in 2024
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Posted in Compensation COVID-19 (Coronavirus) General Posters and Notices Time Off Workplace Policies Workplace Safety

New Employment Laws Starting in 2024

This year’s legislative session ended with a flurry and, as usual, hundreds of bills were sent to California Governor Newsom’s desk, many of which impact…

Revised California Criminal History Regulations Start October 1
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Posted in Hiring

Revised California Criminal History Regulations Start October 1

In July 2023, the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) approved revised regulations relating to the use of criminal history in employment decisions under California’s Fair…

Latest NLRB Decision Spotlights Employer Handbook Rules
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Posted in Labor Relations Workplace Policies

Latest NLRB Decision Spotlights Employer Handbook Rules

On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopted a new legal standard for evaluating employer handbook rules — raising the level of scrutiny…

California’s Revised Criminal History Regulations Approved
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Posted in Hiring

California’s Revised Criminal History Regulations Approved

As the rulemaking body for the California Civil Rights Department (CRD), the California Civil Rights Council (CRC) has been working for several months on revised…

Delayed Enforcement of CPRA Regulations
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Posted in Privacy

After Delayed Enforcement of CPRA Regulations, What’s Next?

As previously reported, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), went into effect at the beginning of this year….

U.S. Supreme Court Updates Federal Religious Accommodation Test
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Posted in Discrimination

U.S. Supreme Court Updates Federal Religious Accommodation Test

On June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously revised Title VII’s religious accommodation and “undue hardship” analysis — the first decision to address the…

Supreme Court Rules Employer Can Sue Union for Intentional Damage During Strike
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Posted in Labor Relations

Supreme Court Rules Employer Can Sue Union for Intentional Damage During Strike

On June 1, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled — in a near unanimous 8-1 opinion — that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) doesn’t…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health and Safety

EEOC COVID-19 Guidance Updated as Federal COVID-19 Emergency Ends

On May 15, 2023, following the end of the national COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its long running…

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Posted in Discipline Labor Relations

NLRB Restricts Employers’ Ability to Discipline Employees for Outbursts

On May 1, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision, Lion Elastomers LLC II, that could make it more difficult to discipline…

Labor Contractor Employee Pay Data Report Deferral Available
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Posted in Reporting Requirements

Labor Contractor Employee Pay Data Report Deferral Available

This year, large employers must submit their California pay data reports by May 10, 2023 — a deadline that is quickly approaching. However, the California…