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Preparing Employers for 2024: Four Changes to California Workplace Regulations

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

With a new year comes new laws. In California, legislators have recently enacted a number of different important labor and employment law changes. All companies and organizations should ensure that they are prepared. Here, our Riverside employment law attorney highlights four changes to California workplace laws that employers should address for 2024. Increased Minimum… Read More »

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How Should an Employer in California Respond to a CRD Complaint?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) is the state agency that is responsible for enforcing many civil rights laws, including employment regulations. What happens if your company receives notice of a CRD complaint? It is imperative that you respond proactively. Here, our California employer defense attorney highlights the steps that a business or an… Read More »

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Employers Must Be Aware of Local Wage and Hour Ordinances

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers must comply with federal and state wage and hour laws. These regulations are designed to ensure workers are paid fairly. Notably, a growing number of cities and counties in California have now enacted their own local wage and hour ordinances. It is imperative that businesses comply with these regulations as well. Here, our… Read More »

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California Lawmakers Pass Caste Discrimination Bill, But it is Not Yet Law

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On August 24, 2023, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 403—legislation that will bar caste discrimination in the workplace in the state. As the bill already passed the state senate earlier this year, and Governor Newsom vetoed the Bill in October, it is not clear as of this… Read More »

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An Overview of AB 1228 (Regulations for Fast Food Employers in California)

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On September 28, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1228 (AB 1228) into law. It is a controversial—and previously delayed—law that will have major implications for the fast food industry in our state. Here, our Coachella Valley and Riverside County employment lawyers highlight key things that fast food employers need to know… Read More »

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An Overview of Best Practices for California Employers Who Receive a Reasonable Accommodation Request from an Employee

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Federal law and California law provide certain workplace protections to employees with disabilities. It is imperative that employers comply fully with their legal obligations. Among other things, employers must handle reasonable accommodation requests in a proper, professional and lawful manner. Here, our California workplace solutions attorney provides a basic overview of the best practices… Read More »

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What Employers Need to Know About California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law (SB 616)

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On October 4, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 616 (SB 616) into law. The statute expands paid sick level protections for workers. It is crucial that all employers in California understand what responsibilities they have—and evaluate whether their obligations are changing—as of SB 616’s effective date, January 1, 2024. In this… Read More »

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Top Ten 2024 Labor and Employment Law Updates

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

More Paid Sick Leave SB 616 expanded California’s existing Paid Sick Leave law, in the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, as of January 1, 2024, requiring all employers to provide at least five (5) paid sick days or 40 hours per year to employees instead of the three (3) days or 24 hours required in… Read More »

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Is an Employer Required Offer Severance Pay When an Employee Leaves in California?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Severance packages typically include pay and/or other benefits for workers who leave companies or organizations. As an employer operating a business in California, you may want to ask: Am I required to provide severance to outgoing employees? In California, the answer is “no”—severance pay is not required. That being said, many employers do offer… Read More »

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What are the Holiday Pay Rules for Employers in California?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

As an employer in California, it is imperative that your practices are fully consistent with all federal, state, and local requirements. You may be wondering: Does California have any special requirements for holiday hours or holiday pay? The short answer is “no” —the general pay/hour standards still apply during the holiday season. Here, our… Read More »

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