HR & Employment Law Blog

Commentary on HR and employment law issues in California.

Berkeley’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect October 1, 2017

If you’re an employer or employee in Berkeley, California today is a big day!  Berkeley’s new “Paid Sick Leave Ordinance” takes effect today and offers covered employees extraordinarily generous paid sick leave rights. Interplay with California’s State Paid Sick Leave Law Like the other 7 municipalities that have local sick leave laws, Berkeley’s new paid […]

California Employer Notice Obligations — 2017 Update

Last month, I blogged about AB 2337 which requires all California employers to give yet another notice to all new employees — this time about the employee’s right to take leave related to domestic violence or stalking. You can find my blog post about AB 2337 here. This got me thinking about all the various […]

Harvard Business Review: Employer Vacation Policies Are “Broken”

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, employer vacation policies are “broken” and “don’t work.” Analysis of Typical Employer Vacation Policies The typical employer policy allows an employee who has accrued paid time off to submit a request for vacation.  That employee then has to “cram extra work into the week(s) before […]

California Employers Must Now Give Notice to All New Hires of Their Domestic Violence Rights

On July 1, 2017 a new California law went into effect that adds yet another notice that California employers must give to new employees at the time of hire. Existing California Law For several years now, California Labor Code § 230 has prohibited California employers from discharging, or in any manner discriminating or retaliating against, an employee […]

CA Supreme Court — Employees Have Broad Discovery Rights in PAGA Actions

Yesterday, in a unanimous 7-0 opinion, the California Supreme Court held in Williams v. Marshalls of CA that plaintiffs suing employers in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) are entitled to broad discovery rights.  Specifically, the Court held that PAGA plaintiffs can force an employer-defendant to turn over the names and contact information of other current and former […]