CA Employment Law Blog


California’s legal climate presents unique challenges to businesses operating in the state. A frequent author and speaker on employment law, Jeff is a regular contributor to the firm’s California Employment Law blog, providing insight into the full spectrum of California labor laws concerning class actions, wage and hour issues, overtime matters, discrimination and harassment claims, privacy concerns, accommodations and other issues.

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Recent Blog Posts

  • Newly Updated Guide to California Employment Law Anyone who pays attention can tell you that California employment law changes constantly. So we’re continually updating Doing Business in California: A Guide for Employers. This 15-page guide provides clear summaries of California’s unique requirements for employers. You can download a PDF of the Guide here. If you subscribe to that whole “ounce of prevention” theory, this is a great way to see if your company is complying with California’s overly complicated employment law requirements. On the other hand, if you’re more of the... More
  • New Requirements for California Settlement and Separation Agreements A number of new requirements for California settlement and separation agreements took effect on January 1, 2019. Two of them stem from the #MeToo movement. These are: Assembly Bill (AB) 3109 prohibits language in contracts or settlement agreements that bars anyone from testifying in administrative, legislative or judicial proceedings concerning alleged criminal conduct or sexual harassment. I think that those provisions would have been void under prior law, but there’s no doubt that they’re void now. Senate Bill (SB) 820 prohibits non-disclosure provisions in... More
  • New Developments on Meal Waivers for Healthcare Workers – Back Where We Started California employers know to expect that the law sometimes takes some crazy turns. But the changes to the rules for healthcare worker meal waivers have been particularly insane. Try to keep up. In 2000, the legislature enacted AB 60, which included provisions saying that if you worked more than 12 hours, you could not waive a second meal period. The law also gave the Industrial Welfare Commission authority to issue regulations. The IWC issued amended Wage Orders that same year. Wage Orders... More
  • Presentation on New California Employment Laws at Fox’s San Francisco Office The one and only Keith Chrestionson will present a 2019 Employment Law Update for California Employers on January 23, 2019 at 8:30 am in our San Francisco Office (345 California St., Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94104). Sure, you can read about the new laws here. But can a blog post provide you both breakfast and refreshments? No, it cannot (but we’re working on that). This is a complimentary program where Keith will not only explain the new laws, but give practical advice on... More
  • New California Employment Laws for 2019 It’s that time of year again. Time for holiday parties, ugly sweaters, and summaries of legal developments. The #MeToo movement has resulted in a slew of new bills addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. They include: Assembly Bill (AB) 3109 prohibits language in contracts or settlement agreements that bars anyone from testifying in administrative, legislative or judicial proceedings concerning alleged criminal conduct or sexual harassment. I think that those provisions would have been void under prior law. Senate Bill (SB) 820 prohibits non-disclosure provisions... More
  • Support Diversity – The BAUDL 500 Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to support the Bay Area Urban Debate League. BAUDL establishes and maintains competitive debate leagues in under-resourced public middle and high schools. BAUDL teaches young people in San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, and Richmond to research and advocate positions on complex policy issues. Its participants are overwhelmingly students of color and low income. Our program has a direct, measurable impact.  If you believe in equality of access to education, if it bothers you that the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” continues... More