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California Expands Employee Protections for Crime Victims

Under a new law, California employers may not discriminate or retaliate against employees who take time off to get a restraining order or seek other help for their health, safety, or welfare (or that of their child) as a victim of a crime. And employers must provide them reasonable accommodations for their safety upon request. Read More

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California Broadens Its Family Rights Act

Attention, small businesses and their employees. This one’s for you. Beginning January 1, 2021, if you employ five or more people in the state, you must provide them up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave, upon request, so they may welcome a newborn or care for a sick family member. You don’t have to pay Read More

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California Wants YOU for that Business or Professional License

Do you have a rap sheet? So do approximately one in three Americans, so you’re not alone. This summer, a new law went into effect that could help you earn that business or professional license you seek. We wrote about it in January 2019, but now that it’s effective, here’s more food for thought. It matters more Read More

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The ADA Celebrates Its Flirty Thirty

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal law that bans discrimination based on disability in all parts of public life. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, it opens access for people to jobs, school, transportation, and private places of public accommodation like hotels and restaurants. To commemorate Read More

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Dude Catches Federal Case for Lying about Covid

Consider the juxtaposition. Last week, we wrote about people whose convictions were reversed because their conduct, while wrong, didn’t quite fit the crime. They made a mistake and lied—rather egregiously—but it wasn’t wire fraud because they didn’t do it to obtain money or property from the other side. Fair enough. This week, we couldn’t help but Read More

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The SBA’s FAQs on the PPP

Here’s the government’s FAQ sheet on the Paycheck Protection Program, current as of today. It may not have all the answers, but it gives relatively simple answers to 47 questions by lenders, borrowers, and others. Here’s a sampling: Do payments to independent contractors count toward payroll? No. See Question 15. Do part-time employees count? Yes, for eligibility but no, Read More

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Put that New-Year Resolution on Hold

That’s what a federal court in California said to the state legislature two days before a new employment law was to go into effect. The new law, Assembly Bill 51, would’ve banned mandatory arbitration agreements with employees. It also would’ve banned agreements that required folks to opt out of arbitration. And it would’ve barred retaliation against those Read More

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A Class of World-Class Footballers

The federal court in Los Angeles has certified a class action in the case of soccer players from the U.S. women’s national team who have sued over unequal pay. What does that mean? It means the court agreed that the plaintiffs should be grouped together as a class because there’s a lot of them, for Read More

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Failing to Point Out the Other Side’s Fail

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court answered a notable question in the world of employment litigation. Does it matter that an employee failed to follow the “right-to-sue” process before suing for discrimination, if the employer never complains? The answer: No. What if the employer does complain but takes its sweet time doing so? The answer: Still Read More

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New California Criminal Laws: Part Quatre

Here’s our fourth and final installment of notable new laws. Employers can’t ask about or investigate a conviction that’s been sealed or dismissed unless it’s specific to the job you applied for. This is Senate Bill 1412. Generally speaking, California employers can’t ask about or run checks for convictions that have been sealed, dismissed, or expunged. One Read More

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