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Court of Appeal: Wage Statements Need Not Include Vacation and PTO Balances

Labor Code section 226 explains in detail what information must be included in an itemized wage statement, which must accompany paychecks in California.

New California Law Limits Employers’ Ability To Inquire Into Juvenile Criminal History

On September 27, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1843, which prohibits certain inquiries into the criminal past of applicants for employment. The new law now adds a prohibition against asking about, considering as part of the hiring process, or attempting to discover, information relating to any “arrest, detention, processing, diversion, supervision, adjudication, or court disposition” that occurred while the applicant was subject to the “process and jurisdiction” of the juvenile court.

New Background Check Requirements for California Transportation Network Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, drivers participating with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) in California will be subject to mandatory criminal background checks, regardless of whether a driver is considered an employee or an independent contractor. California Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill 1289 on September 28, 2016. The new law adds Section 5445.2 to the Public Utilities Code, which regulates TNCs.

Holiday Hiring: What’s on Your Employment Application

With holiday hiring in full swing, it’s a good time to review what should and should not be asked on employment applications.

California’s New Fair Pay Act: Employer’s Compliance Action Plan

In this podcast, Littler Shareholder Bruce Sarchet provides historical insight into California’s Fair Pay Act and breaks down the recent major changes in the law. He discusses the impact of those changes on your workplace now, and what specific steps you can be taking to help limit liability in this area. Bruce’s basic, nuts and bolts approach to breaking down the Fair Pay Act will help your team make sense of this otherwise confusing law, and his five action steps will provide guidance to all employers to develop an approach to the challenges presented by this revised law.


It is no secret that hiring employees and conducting business in California involve more laws and rules than in other states. Multi-state employers often desire consistent personnel practices, or to mitigate some of the more restrictive elements of California employment law. To achieve these goals, employers may draft confidentiality, arbitration, or other agreements that include choice of law provisions and forum selection clauses.

Minimum Pay for Exempt Computer Professionals and Hourly-Paid Physicians Set for 2017

On October 5, 2016, the Director of California’s Department of Industrial Relations set new minimum pay rates for next year for certain professionals exempt from overtime. Effective January 1, 2017, exempt computer professionals must be paid at least $42.39 per hour, or a minimum salary of $7,359.88 monthly or $88,318.55 annually.

New Laws for 2017 - Shaw Valenza's Annual Employment Law Update

The California legislature was very busy last year.

California’s Fall Legislation Report: A Rundown of the Most Significant New Employment Laws

The California legislature and governor showed no signs of slowing down this year and enacted a long list of new employment laws. Below is a list of the most significant laws affecting private sector employers.

San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Becomes Effective in Less Than 3 Months

Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 50 or more employees who have employees in San Francisco will need to begin providing payments to eligible employees who take time off to bond with a newborn child.