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News
January 2, 2024
The California Civil Rights Department (“CRD”) recently filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against grocery mega store Ralphs Grocery Company (“Ralphs”) over alleged violations of California’s Fair Chance Act. The CRD asserts that Ralphs has unlawfully screened out numerous job applicants across Southern California based on their criminal history, in contravention of California’s Fair Chance Act.
News
December 26, 2023
While it appears that numerous COVID-19 regulations and restrictions are expiring as we enter 2024, California employers still have compliance obligations to fulfill. Although California's statutory COVID-19 regulations will come to an end this year, other COVID-19 regulations, such as Cal/OSHA's requirements, will remain in effect until February 2025.
Resources
December 21, 2023
As 2024 rolls around, California businesses face a landscape of evolving legal regulations that demand. This article contains a brief summary of the seven legal updates that California businesses should be aware of in 2024.
News
December 19, 2023
With 2024 around the corner, California has issued an updated Labor Code section 2810.5 notice for new hires. California employers should provide new hires a copy of this new Labor Code Notice effective January 1, 2024.
News
December 19, 2023
Videogame maker Activision Blizzard will pay $55 million to settle a 2021 lawsuit after allegations that it systematically discriminated against female employees.
Resources
December 14, 2023
In the fast-paced and competitive business landscape, maintaining a competitive edge is crucial. One powerful tool in a company's arsenal is the use of trade secrets. Trade secrets are confidential business information that provide a company with a competitive advantage. Whether it's a unique manufacturing process, customer lists, or proprietary technology, safeguarding these secrets is essential to preserving a company's innovation and market position.
Videos
December 13, 2023
Maximize employee performance with Performance Improvement Plans, or PIPs! This video explores three key reasons why PIPs are vital for your organization. Learn how PIPs clarify expectations, promote fairness, and create crucial written records to safeguard against litigation. Discover the tools you need for successful workforce management and legal risk mitigation. Watch now to empower your team and protect your company!
News
December 12, 2023
California recently passed two laws – SB 699 and AB 1076 – that impact non-compete agreements. Both laws will take effect on January 1, 2024.
Resources
December 7, 2023
Workplace social events play a crucial role in fostering camaraderie among employees, boosting morale, and enhancing overall workplace culture. However, these events can also pose legal challenges for employers.
News
December 6, 2023
The federal district court in California recently granted final approval for a $3 million settlement in a wage dispute brought by Redfin real estate agents. The lawsuit, known as Bell v. Redfin Corp., involved allegations that Redfin misclassified agents as independent contractors and failed to pay proper wages, overtime, and premiums.