The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch ruling made it clear that to prevail in a Title VII discrimination case, the employee only has to show that a protected characteristic such as sex or religion was a motivating factor in an employer’s discriminatory decision.

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Some employees think as long as they can get a doctor’s note certifying that they missed work due to a disability or a serious health condition, they can’t be punished. Not true!

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Q. One of our former employees has asked to see his personnel file. Are we required to grant him access to it?

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation increasing the wage replacement rate under California’s paid family leave program.

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New regulations affecting how California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) addresses transgender individuals went into effect on April 1, 2016.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has said that a former employer may re­­ceive an injunction against a former em­­ployee who works for a competitor when the employee had signed a clear but limited agreement not to compete.

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined attorneys general from across the nation pressing large retailers to make their employees’ schedules more predictable.

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A federal court has stricken unconscionable parts of an arbitration agreement and ordered arbitration of the remaining parts.

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Patience has its rewards, especially when dealing with a newly disabled employee who might not be able to return to her job.

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Purposely conspiring to discredit a government employee in order to get him discharged may violate his rights, as a recent case shows.

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