HR & Employment Law Blog

Commentary on HR and employment law issues in California.

The Toxicity of Office Politics to High Potential Employees

Predicting and identifying top leadership traits is a focus of academics and HR professionals alike.  But most businesses are poor evaluators of human potential. Despite the fact that science has given us robust tools to identify, measure, and evaluate indicators, organizations often make employee evaluation mistakes.  In fact, according to a recent Wharton School of Business […]

Governor Signs SB 396 to Protect Transgender Employees and Combat Discrimination

According to a 2016 study by the Williams Institute at UCLA, there are over 220,000 transgender adults in California.  California has just taken a major step towards protecting their employment rights. On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 396.  Known as the “Transgender Work Opportunity Act,” SB 396 makes California the first […]

Governor Signs AB 1008 and Brings “Ban the Box” to Private Employers

Existing California law prohibits public employers (e.g., the State of California, cities, government agencies, public universities) from asking an applicant to disclose his/her prior conviction history until the applicant receives a qualified offer of employment.  This law is referred to as “ban the box” because it prohibits employers from asking if the applicant has ever […]

Governor Signs AB 168 Prohibiting Employers From Considering Salary History When Hiring

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168.  This new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2018, will prohibit all employers in California from asking about, or relying on, an applicant’s prior salary history when deciding whether to offer a job and how much to pay.  AB 168 will supplement California’s […]

Governor Signs SB 63 Requiring Small Businesses to Offer 12 Weeks of Family Leave

Existing California law, known as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), requires California employers with at least 50 employees to offer an eligible employee up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period (a) for the birth of a child (aka “baby bonding leave”), the adoption of a child, or the placement of a […]