HR & Employment Law Blog

Commentary on HR and employment law issues in California.

Governor Brown Signs AB 22 Restricting Employers’ Use of Credit Reports

On October 10, 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 22 (“AB 22”) which limits the ability of California employers to rely on an applicant’s or employee’s credit report or other credit history when making employment decisions. This represents a major change in California employment law. What is A.B. 22? Sponsored by Tony Mendoza (D-56th District), AB […]

Governor Brown Signs AB 469, Known as the “Wage Theft Prevention Law,” Requiring Private Employers to Provide Written Notice to New Hires

On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 469 (“AB 469”) which will require private employers in California to provide written notice to most new hires of critical employment information, including the employer’s legal name, physical address, payroll dates, and workers’ compensation carrier, as well the wage rate and basis of pay for the […]

Governor Brown Signs SB 299 Requiring Employers to Continue Health Benefits for Employees on Pregnancy Disability Leave

On October 6, 2011, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 299 (“SB 299”) which will require all California employers with more than 5 employees to continue group health insurance coverage for up to 4 months for employees on pregnancy disability leave (“PDL”). This represents a major change in California law. What is S.B. 299? Existing California […]

NLRB Clarifies its Position on Employers’ Social Media Policies

On August 18, 2011, in response to a growing number of disputes between employers and employees concerning employees’ use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media, the NLRB clarified its rules for determining (1) when employees are engaging in protected activity, and (2) when employers are using illegal social media policies. These latest clarifications […]

Court Sets Brinker Oral Argument for November 8, 2011

On October 4, 2011, the California Supreme Court announced that it would hear oral argument in the long-awaited and much-anticipated meal and rest break case, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court [i] on November 8, 2011. The Issue in Brinker The fundamental question before the California Supreme Court in Brinker is whether California employers must ensure […]