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California expands employer sexual harassment training programs

At Duggan Law Corporation, we provide training services to Northern California employers so that they can comply with state law requirements. The focus is to provide sexual harassment training to supervisors every two years for employers with more than 50 employees or contractors. As we discussed earlier this year, a new 2018 requirement requires this supervisor training to include issues related to gender expression, gender identity and sexual harassment.

Why employers should consider getting rid of probationary periods

Many companies have historically included language in their new hire contracts and employee handbooks about "probationary periods." This time frame usually spans around 90 days and outlines the employee and employer's right to terminate their employment relationship for any reason during the period.

Disability discrimination: What is a reasonable accommodation?

Both the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) require employers to provide reasonable accommodation for job applicants and employees with actual or perceived physical or mental disabilities.

New law clarifies key terms in salary history inquiry ban

As many California employers are aware, state law now prevents employers from asking job applicants about their salary history or from using salary history to make decisions regarding job offers or starting salaries. As we discussed in a previous post, this new law, which went into effect on January 1, also requires that employers provide pay scale information to applicants upon reasonable request.

More employer responsibilities regarding national origin (part 3)

Today, we wrap up our conversation about new California regulations to keep employees and job applicants safe from national-origin discrimination. Having just taken effect on July 1, these rules describe how California employers can meet their related responsibilities.

New California rules on national-origin discrimination (part 2)

Today we continue our discussion about extensive amendments to California national-origin employment discrimination regulations that took effect on July 1, 2018. Duggan Law Corporation will be educating our employer clients about their legal responsibilities toward job applicants and employees under these new rules.

California national-origin rules go into effect July 1

California employers must become aware of sweeping new state anti-discrimination regulations taking effect on Sunday, July 1, 2018. While discrimination or harassment based on national origin as a protected class has long been illegal under state law, the new rules provide employers with more detailed direction about what constitutes national-origin discrimination.

San Francisco city attorney seeks Uber and Lyft hiring records

Legal news topics we recently reported on in two separate posts have come together in a third matter potentially significant to some Northern California employers. Specifically, on May 29, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a news release announcing he issued subpoenas to transportation providers Lyft and Uber for personnel records.

Employee or contractor? Court watchers get whiplash

In March, we wrote about a new federal case interpreting California employment law on the question of whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. As we described, in that case about a Grubhub driver, the court found that under California's Borello test, Lawson, a driver who delivered food to Grubhub customers, was an independent contractor largely because Grubhub did not have the degree of control over his work that an employer would have.

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