As you may already know, California law requires private employers with 100 or more payroll employees to file an annual Payroll Employee Report. The California Civil Rights Department has recently implemented several key changes to this year’s reporting requirements—and State issued templates for reporting the same. Therefore, employers should understand these changes before initiating the data collection process and submitting a Pay Data Report, which is due on May 8, 2024.
Collegiate athletes may be considered employees according to a recent decision on February 5, 2024, by the National Labor Relations Board.
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against workers who test positive for cannabis in certain types of drug tests and to inquire about their off-duty cannabis use.
Gina Carano, an actress and former MMA fighter, made headlines when she filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Disney and its subsidiary, Lucasfilm—the production company behind the popular Star Wars series.
In October 2023, California introduced a new law mandating that employers must issue individualized written notices to their current and former California employees by February 14, 2024, informing them that any noncompete clauses or agreements with their employers are rendered void and unenforceable under California law.
California employers are required to display their annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses for 2023 in a visible and easily accessible area at each worksite by February 1, 2024.
Last Thursday, January 18, California’s Supreme Court held in Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc. that trial courts lack inherent authority to strike a Private Attorneys General Act claim on manageability grounds. The ruling resolved a prior split of authority on whether PAGA claims may be stricken where there is no manageable way to try them.
On January 9, 2024, the California Department of Public Health issued a new State Public Health Officer Order for COVID-19 Disease Control and Prevention. In response to this updated public health guidance, Cal/OSHA has revised its policies concerning isolating and testing requirements for employers.
Elon Musk is in the news again. SpaceX sued the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday, January 4, 2024, claiming that the NLRB’s structure violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit comes after the NLRB filed an administrative complaint against SpaceX, alleging that the company unlawfully fired eight employees who had drafted and circulated an open letter detailing workplace concerns at SpaceX.
X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, has been hit with a federal, multi-million-dollar lawsuit alleging that the company failed to pay its employees bonuses that it promised to them. This lawsuit comes after billionaire Elon Musk took over the company in 2022 and cut more than half of the company’s workforce.