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New Criminal History Regulations Coming to California

On March 27, 2017 the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved new regulations relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions. These new regulations will go into effect on July 1st of this year. In addition to restating the existing bans on the use of criminal history in California (like using criminal history information to make decisions on hiring, promotion, and termination), the new regulations also... Read More

CALIFORNIA ACTS TO OUTLAW PRE-EMPLOYMENT MANDATORY AGREEMENTS TO ARBITRATE LABOR CODE CLAIMS

“In late August, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 465, which, if signed by Governor Jerry Brown, will make pre-employment mandatory agreements to arbitrate Labor Code violations against California public policy starting January 1, 2016. AB 465 would create a new statute that prohibits employers from requiring a candidate to “waive any legal right, penalty, remedy, forum, or procedure for a violation of [the Labor Code], as a... Read More

California Adds Over 30 New Labor Laws

“More than 30 state employment laws take effect this year, according to an annual list put out by the California Chamber of Commerce. The most significant by far is the paid sick leave law, which has received a lot of publicity here and elsewhere. AB1522 requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 or more days within a year of hire. The accrual rate is at least one hour of sick leave for every... Read More

SEX OFFENDERS SUE CITY OVER HALLOWEEN RESTRICTIONS

An attorney representing five Simi Valley sex offenders who sued the city over limits to their Halloween activities said the lawsuit will be the first of several she expects to file over such restrictions. Lawyer Janice Bellucci heads the 18-month-old advocacy group California Reform Sex Offender Laws. On Friday, she filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Simi Valley’s ordinance violates her clients’ First Amendment rights. The... Read More

CALIFORNIA LEADS NATION IN UNACCREDITED SCHOOLS

Dibyendu Malakar needed a graduate business degree to advance his career, but he was working full time and could not afford $100,000 or more for a two-year M.B.A. program at Berkeley, Stanford or another accredited business school. So Malakar enrolled at Frederick Taylor University, an unaccredited school in Moraga. Because Frederick Taylor is listed in California as a state-approved school, he said, “I thought, ‘It can’t be completely bogus.’”... Read More

CALIFORNIA AB 1450 WOULD PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST UNEMPLOYED JOBSEEKERS

To help prevent discrimination against unemployed Californians by employers or employment agencies only interested in hiring applicants who already have a job, newly proposed legislation in the state – California Assembly Bill No. 1450 (AB 1450) – would fine California employers and employment agencies that refuse to consider jobless applicants for job openings. Introduced by Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa/San Rafael), California AB... Read More