Posted on January 11, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Employers often set up an “introductory” or “probationary” period for initial evaluation of new employees. There’s often a performance evaluation at the end of this period, and employers may believe they have every right to let an employee go if this evaluation is negative. But watch out: Unless employers take the proper precautions, probationary periods may create implied contractual rights to employment on successful completion of the probationary period. In other words, employers may be stuck with the employee despite a poor post-probationary period evaluation. Continue reading
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: at-will employment, employee handbook, employee on probation, employment policies, human resources, implied contract, probationary period | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 16, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Posted on October 3, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Although prohibiting gender-based wage discrimination since 1949, California’s Equal Pay Act (Lab C §1197.5) was rarely used as a basis for litigation because its language made it difficult for an aggrieved plaintiff to establish a successful claim. But now that the legislature has amended it, §1197.5 may become more popular with plaintiffs. And employers get more clarity about what is and isn’t allowed.
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: employees, employers, employment policies, Equal Pay Act, Fair Pay Act, gender discrimination, pay discrimination | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 21, 2016 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Jeffrey D. Polsky, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, where he counsels employers on California employment law issues, represents them in litigation, and writes for Fox Rothschild’s California Employment Law Blog.
Should employers have mandatory arbitration agreements with their employees? Having tried and arbitrated dozens of cases on behalf of employers, here are what I see as the pros and cons—and where I stand on the question. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: arbitration provision, contractual arbitration, employees, employers, employment agreement, employment contract, employment litigation, mandatory arbitration agreement | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 31, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
There are so many federal and California laws giving employees the right to take time off work that it’s not surprising to find more than one law governing a particular employee’s leave or absence. But there are two rules of thumb that help employers navigate this often complicated area. Continue reading
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: disability leave, employee benefits, employee leave, FMLA, leave laws, pregnancy leave | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 11, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
There are some interview or application questions that might elicit information that could get an employer into legal hot water if used to make an employment decision. Questions that touch on sex identity and sexual orientation should be off-limits. Here are some acceptable and unacceptable questions to help employers avoid problems in this area. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law | Tagged: discrimination, employers, interview questions, job applicants, job interview, sex identity, sexual orientation | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 13, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Smoking in California workplaces has been prohibited for decades. But just because you see or smell tobacco smoke in a workplace doesn’t mean the law is being broken. Understand the law and its exclusions so you can properly advise your clients. Continue reading
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employees, employers, employment policies, smoking ban, workplace policies, workplace smoking | 2 Comments »