Archive for the ‘Workplace Policies’ Category

California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On July 3, Governor Gavin Newsom made California the first state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyle. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of specified characteristics, including race. SB 188 expands the state’s anti-discrimination laws to prohibit discrimination against employees and students based on their […]

16 Jul 19 - Workplace Policies - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

Keep Your Workplace Running Smoothly During Summer Vacations

Hotter temperatures and no school for the kids means many employees are using up their vacation time. In fact, nearly six in 10 workers (58 percent) save their vacation time for June, July and August, according to a recent Accountemps survey. Respondents plan to take an average of 10 days off during these summer months. […]

2 Jul 19 - Time Off, Workplace Policies - Jessica Mulholland - No CommentsRead More »

Recent NLRB Advice on Employer Policies, Arbitration Agreements

On June 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released two advice memoranda addressing common employment policies and arbitration agreements. Social Media, Confidentiality and Personal Device Policies In a memo originally issued in August 2018, several policies contained in the Coastal Industries, Inc. employee handbook were considered unlawful under the […]

27 Jun 19 - Social Media, Workplace Policies - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

Denying Lactation Accommodation Requests in California

My employee is returning from pregnancy leave and has asked to have time off and a suitable place to express milk at work. We have never had this request before. Can we deny her request and tell her to come back to work when she no longer has this need? Alternatively, can we require her […]

10 Jun 19 - Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

New CalChamber Podcast Discusses “Ghosting” In The Workplace

As employers are finding it harder and harder to fill positions, a new problem that is arising is job abandonment and applicants disappearing in the middle of a hiring process. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank discusses employee “ghosting” with attorney and employment law expert Jennifer […]

29 May 19 - Hiring, Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »