Checklist to Ensure Compliance with Disability Discrimination Laws

Every employer should have a program in place to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The following checklist of steps for employers to take could, at a minimum, constitute such a program. Continue reading

Limits on Reinstatement After Employee Leave

When an employee’s leave is over, is there always a right to be reinstated? Short answer: Usually. But there are notable limits on reinstatement. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyers

Were you able to keep track of the new legislative changes that affect California employers and employment lawyers? Don’t worry, we did and here are some of the key statutory changes you need to know about.  Continue reading

It’s Bonus Time! Here’s What Employers Need to Know

employee bonusThe end of the year equals bonus time for some employees. When it comes to bonuses, employers have a lot of discretion and few legal requirements, but there are some things to consider. Continue reading

What Not to Do When Terminating an Employee

Employers can substantially minimize the risk of wrongful termination litigation by ensuring that employees are treated fairly in the termination process. Here are the mistakes most often made by employers in the termination process and what to do instead. Continue reading

Can an Employer Prohibit Moonlighting?

It’s common for employees to have more than one job or have a gig on the side. It’s also common for employers to dislike “moonlighting” by employees because of possible conflicts of interest or problems arising from conflicting work schedules or demands on the employee. But what can employers actually do about moonlighting? Continue reading

Employees Must Get Time Off to Vote

Long lines for voting may be the norm this year, making it even more important that employees get enough time off to vote.  Continue reading

How to Write a Personal Leave of Absence Policy

In addition to vacation leave or paid time off, some employers offer personal leaves of absence. There’s no legal requirement to provide such leave, but many employers offer it, albeit with limitations. Continue reading

How to Respond to a Whistleblower

When it comes to a whistleblowing employee, how the employer responds can make all the difference. An inappropriate response can put an employer in legal jeopardy. Continue reading

Big Changes for CA Companies Using “Independent Contractors”

Photo of a delivery driver checking his deliveries in his van. Is he an employee or an independent contractor?Determining whether a California worker is an independent contractor or an employee has never been an exact science, with a lot riding on correct classification. But the California Supreme Court recently tried to simplify the issue by adopting a new “ABC” test for California, at least for claims under the IWC Wage Orders for minimum wage, overtime pay, and meal and rest period violations. Continue reading