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California Adds ‘Transgender,’ ‘Gender Nonconforming Individuals’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors

Employers subject to California’s mandatory sexual harassment training requirement for supervisors will need to ensure their programs include prevention of harassment against transgender and gender nonconforming individuals following an amendment (SB 396) to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Third Time’s the Charm: California’s Proposals to Expand its Equal Pay Protections . . . Again

With amendments to the California Fair Pay Act (“CFPA”) in effect for less than six months, the state legislature has introduced three new bills to further expand the state’s equal pay laws.

In Case You Missed It: Keeping Up with the California Fair Pay Act

As we recently blogged, the California Fair Pay Act (CFPA), barely a year old, was expanded to prohibit pay differences based on race or ethnicity between employees performing substantially similar work. Effective January 2017, California employers are prohibited from paying differently employees who are performing substantially similar work, based on gender, race, or ethnicity.

California Businesses To Provide Neutral Restrooms So All Genders Can Do Their Business

In California, all business establishments, places of public accommodation, or government agencies with single-occupancy restrooms are now required to identify such toilet facilities as all-gender restrooms. In September 2016, California state governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1732 (now codified as California Health and Safety Code section 118600), effective March 1, 2017.

California Unisex Single-Occupant Restroom Law Takes Effect

California employers must identify single-user restrooms as being unisex under a new law that takes effect today, March 1, 2017.

California Expands Transgender Protections With Gender-Neutral Restroom Law

On September 29, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1732, which will require single-user restrooms in California business establishments, government buildings, and places of public accommodation, to be universally accessible to all genders, and identified by signage as all gender.

Transgender Protections Expanded In California With All-Gender Restroom Law

On Thursday, September 29, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which will require all single-occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as “all gender” and be universally accessible. The bathrooms to which this law applies are toilet facilities with no more than one water closet and one urinal, and with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.

California’s New Guidance & FAQs for Employers of Transgender Employees

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it was issuing a guidance on how to comply with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which was geared toward California employers that employ transgender employees. The new one-page guidance, “Transgender Rights in the Workplace,” defines “gender expression,” describes two kinds of gender transitions, provides answers to three frequently asked questions for employers, and describes how to file a pre-complaint inquiry with the DFEH.

The New California Regulations, Part II: The Transgender Workforce

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved regulations drafted by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. These new regulations, covering the entire gamut of employment law topics within the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), will go into effect on April 1, 2016.

DFEH Issues Guidelines for Protecting Transgender Rights in the Workplace

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently issued guidelines on transgender employee rights, addressing what types of questions employers may ask transgender employees and applicants. The guidelines also address how employers can implement dress code and grooming standards, and make suggestions for maintaining employee restrooms.

California Employers Receive Guidance On Transgender Employees

California employers recently received additional direction regarding their responsibilities with respect to transgender employees. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued guidance clarifying transgender employees’ rights in the workplace, and although the document is not legally binding, you would be well-served to consider its message.

What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy

Navigating the California laws on discrimination and accommodation of pregnant employees is a significant challenge for retail employers. The Golden State’s protections for pregnant employees are many and they differ from those of federal law and of other states.

California Employers Will Face Significant New Equal Pay Law

California employers will soon be subject to a new equal pay law that will create a much stricter standard for gender pay equity. Passed by the state legislature with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 6, 2015, this new law is considered the most aggressive equal pay law in the nation. California employers will want to begin preparing immediately for its impact.

California Corner: California's Strict Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations Expand Employer Obligations and Increase Potential Claims

California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing has amended the Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) regulations to significantly expand the leave rights of eligible employees. The new regulations significantly broaden the definition of "disabled by pregnancy," make "perceived pregnancy" a basis for discrimination, redefine length of leave, expand the accommodation and reinstatement rights, and establish new notice requirements.

California’s New Pregnancy Disability Regulations: What Every Employer Should Know

In March 2012, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) proposed new and amended regulations addressing employers’ obligations and employees’ rights and responsibilities regarding pregnancy under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).