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Oakland Tenants Now Have Ban the Box Rights in Housing

Oakland Fair Chance Housing Ordinance

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Oakland became the first city in California to ban criminal background checks in nearly all rental housing units. The Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, effective immediately, prohibits landlords from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants. Covered units include subsidized affordable and nonprofit housing units. Accessory ...

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How California Tenants Are Charging Electric Vehicles at Home

With more than 1.18 million electric vehicles (“EV”) on American roads today, EV charging is quickly becoming a desirable rental housing amenity. Predictably, most EV owners charge their vehicles at home. Whilst tenants renting single-family homes can easily install a personal EV charging station, tenants in apartment buildings traditionally faced ...

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Looking for Work with Conviction History Involving Drug or Alcohol Abuse? Request Reasonable Accommodation During Ban the Box Screening

Requesting Reasonable Accommodation for Ban the Box Applicant

Ban the Box laws generally prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s conviction history before making a conditional employment offer.  Once the employer makes the offer, they are allowed to investigate the applicant’s conviction history.  After completing an individualized assessment, the employer cannot deny employment unless the criminal history, in ...

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Beginning in 2020, 90 Days’ Notice for Rent Increases Above 10% for California Tenants

90 Day Rent Increases Over 10%

Unless regulated by local rent ordinance, rent increase notices are regulated by state law, specifically California Civil Code section 827. Faced with a housing affordability crisis wreaking havoc throughout the state, the California Legislature recently extended the rent increase notice periods so California tenants can prepare for and respond to ...

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5 Things You Must Do Now if an Employer Violated Ban the Box

California’s Ban the Box Law, officially known as the California Fair Chance Act, assists Californians with conviction histories with re-entry into society by prohibiting employers from asking about conviction history before making a job offer.  Searching for employment with a criminal record is tough.  Consequently, the Ban the Box Law ...

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New California Employee Protections in 2020

On January 1, 2020, several new laws took effect protecting millions of California employees.  These vigorous laws include new penalties for unpaid wages, statewide lactation accommodations, and sweeping changes for gig economy workers. For an in-depth analysis as to how each law might affect your employment, contact Astanehe Law for your ...

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