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California Tenants Protected From Hazardous Lead-Based Paint Work by New Laws Taking Effect in 2023 & 2024

Whenever California landlords perform lead-based paint remediation or hazard reduction work, existing California law requires persons engaging in lead construction work to have a certificate permitting them to engage in lead-based paint construction, repair, remodeling, painting, or renovation work, or any work disturbing lead-based paint.  Unlicensed lead construction work is ...

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The California Workers’ Rights in Emergencies Law Protects Leave During Natural Disasters

As wildfires and other natural disasters occur more frequently, California workers face an increased risk of suffering a catastrophic injury when reporting to work during a natural disaster.  Yet, many report to work during natural disasters out of fear of retaliation or suffering an adverse action, such as wrongful termination.  ...

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Reproductive Health Decision-Making Protected Characteristic Under California’s FEHA

The California Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”) protects Californians from discrimination, retaliation, or harassment in employment.  California Government Code §§ 12900 – 12996.  Presently, FEHA prohibits workplace discrimination based on specified characteristics, including but not limited to, race, age, sex, or medical condition. Beginning on January 1, 2023, FEHA ...

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SB 1162 Provides California Workers Greater Pay Transparency in 2023

Beginning on January 1, 2023, California employers, including state and local government employers and the California Legislature, must comply with the following laws: California employers may not seek applicant salary history information, including compensation and benefits; Upon request, California employers must provide employees with the pay scale for the position ...

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Right To Dry: California Tenants Cannot Receive Eviction for Hanging Clotheslines & Using Drying Racks

Sun-drying clothes consumes less energy, extends garments’ lifetime by avoiding the dryer’s harsh wear and tear, and saves money and the environment.  Sun-drying clothes for families without a dryer saves numerous trips to the laundromat each year.  California law encourages sun-drying laundry by guaranteeing California tenants the right to sun-dry ...

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Where in the World is My Landlord? Locating Landlord Contact Information in California

Are you trying to get ahold of your landlord to request a repair but don’t know who they are?  Are you suing your landlord in small claims court and need your current or, more likely, former landlord’s address?  Sometimes, California tenants may not possess their landlord’s complete contact information.  Worry ...

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California Tenants Silenced No More

Effective January 1, 2022, the Silenced No More Act – passed as part of California’s comprehensive efforts empowering survivors of harassment and discrimination and preventing future abuses – expands existing protections for California tenants signing settlement agreements in lawsuits or administrative actions, including at the California Department of Fair Employment ...

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California Workers Silenced No More After Gaining Unbridled Right to Freely Speak About Unlawful Workplace Acts

On January 1, 2022, SB 331, known as the Silenced No More Act, becomes effective throughout California. The Silenced No More Act empowers survivors of harassment and discrimination and seeks to curtail future abuses by perpetrators in the workplace. Building on 2018’s STAND Act (SB 820), the Silenced No More ...

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California Employees Entitled to Increased Premium Pay for Noncompliant Meal, Rest, and Recovery Breaks

On July 15, 2021, the Supreme Court of California published an employment law opinion answering a hotly contested wage and hour issue regarding the correct calculations for premium payments made to California employees. In Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, 11 Cal. 5th 858 (2021), a bartender filed suit seeking to ...

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All About California Civil Code § 1950.5: The California Security Deposit Law

Often, California tenants must pay security deposits. Although usually an afterthought during the tenancy, security deposits can become central to landlord-tenant disputes upon a tenancy’s conclusion. For what can a landlord deduct from a California tenant’s security deposit? How many days does a California tenant have to wait for a ...

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