The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

Make sure supervisors clearly understand that they cannot discriminate against employees who happen to associate with protected individuals such as children or other dependents with disabilities.

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Here’s a reminder that you must have accurate job descriptions that list essential and nonessential job functions. That’s vital for ADA compliance.

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Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, disabled employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations that can include job modifications and even additional time off to recuperate.

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The EEOC has filed a class-action suit against Dash Dreams Plants in Dos Palos, Calif., alleging the orchid grower blatantly discriminated against pregnant employees.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs has filed suit against Palantir Technologies, alleging the Silicon Valley company systematically discriminated against Asian job applicants.

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Q. An employee recently complained that I was violating California’s “suitable seating law” by requiring him to stand throughout his shift. Am I required to let my employees sit?

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Voters will have the opportunity next month to determine whether California joins a growing number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana. If so, what would this mean for employers?

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Government employees don’t lose the right to engage in free speech when they take a job. That extends to speech that the employer may see as unpopular or even dangerous.

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Public employees who complain internally about personnel decisions specific to them aren’t engaging in protected free speech.

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In California, the same pay rules apply to retirement as they do for someone who quits.

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