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New California Laws Include Some Focused on Specific Industries and Issues

The end of the California legislative year was marked by a flurry of last-minute bill signings by the governor affecting employers. Many of these bills enact new laws or amendments that address major employment law issues, such as several amendments to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to combat harassment and the new law limiting the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements.

California Legislative Update: Here Are the New Employment-Related Laws for 2019

On the last day for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills this legislative session, here is the list of key employment-related bills that have been signed into law, along with a list of bills that were vetoed. All new laws take effect January 1, 2019 unless noted.

New California Law Aims to Increase PBM Disclosure and Transparency

Employers looking for greater transparency on prescription drug pricing and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) services will soon have a powerful new tool from an unlikely source: California lawmakers.

New CA Case Confirms: No Absolute Rule to Permit Leave to Amend to Substitute Class Representative If Named Plaintiff Is Found Inadequate

In Jones v. Farmers Ins. Exchange (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 986 (“Jones”), the California Court of Appeal held that “[t]he lack of an adequate class representative … does not justify the denial of the certification motion. Instead, the trial court must allow Plaintiff[[] an opportunity to amend [his] complaint to name a suitable class representative. [Citation & fn. omitted.] The court should then grant the certification motion if it approves a class representative.” Id. at 999.

The California Consumer Privacy Act: Getting a Head Start on Compliance

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a new law that California Governor Jerry Brown signed on June 28, 2018, and will become effective on January 1, 2020. Amendments to the law are still being proposed, and the law will likely be amended and clarified. Here is what we know today.

California Governor Signs Wave Of New Gender/Sex Related Bills Into Law In The Wake Of #MeToo

Executive Summary: On September 30, 2018, California Governor Edmund J. Brown, Jr. signed into law eight new bills involving gender and sexual harassment training and related issues. The Governor also signed into law two bills amending California’s lactation accommodation requirements. These laws were submitted by the legislature on the heels of the #MeToo movement, and the majority of these new laws were largely written to address workplace issues with respect to sexual harassment in particular.

DOT Preempts California Meal and Rest Breaks Laws Under Federal Hazmat Regulations

California requires an employer to provide employees who works more than five hours with a 30-minute uninterrupted, off-duty meal break (and another meal break if they work more than 10 hours). State law also requires an employer to provide employees with a 10-minute uninterrupted, off-duty break every four hours.1 Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), on the other hand, require only that a commercial driver not drive more than eight hours without first taking a 30-minute, off-duty meal break.2

That’s a Wrap! Fisher Phillips Comprehensive Guide to New California Employment Laws Enacted by Governor Brown

This past Sunday (September 30) represented the deadline for Governor Brown’s final actions on legislative measures, and his final term as California’s governor will come to an end in a few short months.

New California Sexual Harassment Legislation Will Make It More Difficult for Employers to Resolve Claims

In the waning days of his final term of office and on the last possible day under the legislative calendar, on September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills into law that should have a dramatic effect on the ability of workers to bring claims for harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The new legislation makes it significantly more difficult for employers to resolve such claims, either by way of settlement or by motion for summary judgment, and it also attempts to increase education and training regarding harassment in California’s entertainment industry.

Governor Brown Signs Final Round of Employment-Related Legislation

Once again, Governor Jerry Brown ends the legislative year by signing a flurry of employment-related legislation. This year, however, is Governor Brown’s last year to do so, and next year we will report about the employment-related legislation that the new governor (whoever that is) undoubtedly will have signed.