The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

A reasonable rule that says an employee will be discharged if she has been off work with an injury for one year or more is legal under California law.

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A Los Angeles jury determined that Bikram Choudhury—founder of the “hot” movement that has swept the yoga world since the 1970s—harassed and retaliated against an employee after she resisted his sexual advances.

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If you use a testing list to make hiring or promotion decisions, know that the date you announce the list doesn’t count towards any statute of limitations. Instead, the date of the first promotion or hire starts the clock ticking.

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A federal court has concluded that an employer and employee can agree that claims will be arbitrated and that an arbitrator can decide if the parties had the right to agree on the subject matter.

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If you decide to punish an employee for testifying against you in a legal deposition, be prepared for even more litigation.

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2015 saw much media attention focused on the activities of coaches and players off the field—for the wrong reasons.

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Some California employees who are victims of domestic violence have limited job protection when they need time off for treatment, court dates or other related events.

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Generally, employees who complain to their employer that they aren’t being properly paid or classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act are protected from retaliation for those complaints. But what about a manager?

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If you find out that a supervisor may have treated a disabled worker poorly, fix the problem promptly.

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On Oct. 7, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 703 (SB 703), protecting transgender employees whose employers engage in business with state agencies.

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