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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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Can California Landlords Require California Tenants Pay Rent Electronically?

Reports of California landlords requiring California tenants to pay rent via online portals and websites routinely surface with greater frequency in recent years. Given the increasingly frequent torrent of data breaches and malware attacks throughout the Nation, many tenants simply do not wish to keep their private financial information online. ...

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California’s CROWN Act Protects Employee & Applicant Natural Hair

On July 3, 2019, California became the first state in the United States to ban employers from discriminating against employees and applicants based on their natural hairstyle. Codified at Government Code section 12926, the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (“CROWN Act”) works within the California Fair ...

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California Labor Code § 2802: Employee Reimbursement for Business Expenses in 2021

California law operates to ensure employers provide employees with the equipment and resources necessary to work and protect employees by preventing employers from passing operating expenses on to employees.  To that end, the Labor Code mandates that California employers reimburse employees for mandatory expenses incurred in performing job duties.  Employers ...

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California Legislature Addresses Amenities and Services Lost or Reduced Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

With Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns forcing the continued shutter of shared spaces throughout the state, many California tenants in apartment and condominium complexes have lost the use of their gyms, pools, gaming rooms, meeting rooms, community rooms, and other amenities for nearly a year.  Understandably, some California tenants inquire about obtaining ...

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