Posts from June 2015.

With eight days remaining before major provisions of California’s sick leave law become effective, the California Legislature continues to tinker with clean up legislation.  On June 22, 2015 the California Assembly amended and passed Assembly Bill 304 (Gonzalez) (“AB-304”), by a vote of 69-0.  AB-304 now goes to the California Senate for consideration.

As discussed during our recent Breakfast Briefings on the sick leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, we have been tracking various bills at the California Legislature regarding sick leave.  Following is the latest on each of these bills:

AB-304

AB-304 seeks to clarify a number of ambiguities in the sick leave law.  Among other provisions, AB-304 would:

(1) Clarify that an employee ...

The City of Emeryville, California has followed in the steps of San Francisco, San Diego, and Oakland by enacting a city ordinance that expands an employee’s entitlement to paid sick leave as provided under California’s Assembly Bill 1522, the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act of 2014.  Indeed, the stated purpose of Emeryville’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is to “provide Paid Sick Leave beyond

In a 12 to one vote on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that will incrementally increase Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2020.  Los Angeles joins San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose as California cities which have recently enacted minimum wage hikes.  Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States with a plan to increase its ...

The state and federal courts in California continue to closely scrutinize employment arbitration agreements even though they remain a favored means of resolving disputes.  This was evident in the recent case of Ashbey v. Archstone Property Management, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that an employee effectively waived his right to a judicial forum for his Title VII claim and ...

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