Archive for the ‘Workplace Policies’ Category

Corporate Whistleblowers Must First See the SEC

On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that employees complaining of securities or other corporate fraud under the Dodd-Frank Act must first go to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in order to receive anti-retaliation protections. This narrowed definition of who receives whistleblower protection — only those who first go to the […]

22 Feb 18 - General, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Californians Can Legally Buy Weed But Employers Can Still Keep a Drug-Free Workplace

This week, California businesses began to legally sell recreational marijuana in California. More than 400 state licenses have been issued so far, but the rollout may be slow. Cities or counties must first approve commercial marijuana sales, and localities can choose to ban or restrict recreational marijuana shops. On November 8, 2016, Californians voted to […]

3 Jan 18 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Reminder: Current Drug Use Not Protected Under ADA

A recent federal court decision is a good reminder that applicants or employees who currently use illegal drugs or marijuana or abuse alcohol are not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Conduct is key: The disease of addiction may be protected but misconduct is not […]

27 Jun 17 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Mandatory Poster and Education Requirements for California Barbering and Cosmetology Licensees July 1

To address workplace violations at California salons, California enacted two pieces of legislation that would provide salon workers, such as nail salon workers, with information on their employment rights. One legislative bill requires a mandatory poster; the other requires educational information for all licensees. Both bills are intended to educate business owners and workers about […]

26 Jun 17 - Posters and Notices, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Closed for Memorial Day? Paying Wages to Employees

If an employer is closed on a payday that falls on a holiday listed in the California Government Code, such as Memorial Day, the employer can pay wages on the next business day. Of course, paying the day before the holiday is acceptable, as well. Private employers are not required to provide time off for […]

25 May 17 - Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »