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New Parental Leave Law Takes Effect

by on April 15, 2018

posted in Employee Benefits, Family and Medical Leave,

As national discourse around women’s pay equality came to the forefront in 2017, Governor Brown signed several bills in an effort to create a more egalitarian workplace. One such measure came in the form of Senate Bill 63, otherwise known as the New Parental Leave Act, which became effective January 1, 2018. Under prior law, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide job-protected parental leave. Now employers with at least 20 employees within 75 miles must allow employees with (1) more than 12 months of service with the employer and (2) that have worked at least 1,250 hours ... Continue Reading

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Summary of Important New Laws Affecting Local Agencies in 2016

by on January 28, 2016

posted in CEQA, Damages, Elections, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Ethics, Legislative Updates, Medical Marijuana, Proposition 215, Public Records Act, Water, Zoning,

The following laws are effective January 1, 2016, unless otherwise provided.  These legislative changes were selected as those of importance and/or interest to public agencies.  ... Continue Reading

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Legislature Amends Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014

by on July 14, 2015

posted in Employee Benefits, Sick Leave,

Governor Brown, on July 13 signed AB 304 into law thereby amending the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act (the California Paid Sick Leave law).  The changes address needed clarifications in the original text of the law and implement some significant changes.  These are immediately effective as the law contains an urgency clause. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act requires employers to provide a limited amount of paid sick leave for most employees in California.  Our earlier post that provides details of the original Act can be read here.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: ab 304, healthy workplaces healthy families act, PEPRA, public employment retirement law, Sick Leave,

Case to Watch: Sonoma County Superior Court v. PERB

by on April 15, 2015

posted in Disability, Employment Law,

A judicial appeal is pending from a recent decision of the Public Employment Relations Board in SEIU 1020 v. Sonoma County Superior Court, PERB Decision No. 2409-C.  The case involves a decision by the Superior Court (as the employer) that employees do not have a right to representation in the interactive process in which requests for accommodations and consideration of the reasonableness of those requests are considered by the Agency.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, Interactive Process, PERB, Reasonable Accomodation, Right to Representation, Weingarten Rights,

Department of Labor Amends Definition of “Spouse” in FMLA Regulations

by on March 4, 2015

posted in Employee Benefits, Family and Medical Leave,

On February 25, 2015, the Department of Labor issued a “Final Rule” that amends the definition of “Spouse” in the Family Medical Leave Act.  Previously, an employee seeking leave under the act would be eligible if the state law they lived in covered the dependent under the State’s definition of “spouse”. The new rule requires that all legally married couples, whether same-sex, opposite sex, or married at common law be recognized as spouses for purposes of the FMLA so long as (a) their marriage was legal when, and in, the place in which it occurred; and (b) such a marriage is recognized ... Continue Reading

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