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The Stockton Relocation Benefits for Displaced Tenants Ordinance

The City of Stockton provides Stockton tenants with relocation payments when suffering temporary or permanent displacement from their homes due to unsafe or substandard conditions cited by the government.  Codified at Chapter 1.52 of the Stockton Municipal Code and officially entitled the “Relocation Benefits for Displaced Tenants” Ordinance, the Stockton ...

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California Workers Can Bring Emotional Support Animals to Work

Living with a disability is hard.  Working with one is even harder.  When work becomes impossible due to a disability, California workers have the right to request reasonable accommodation from their employers.  One form of accommodation that has grown increasingly popular over the years is the emotional support animal.  That’s ...

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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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Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay for Certain Grocery Employees

On February 2, 2021, the Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay Ordinance. The emergency ordinance adds Chapter 5.96 to the Oakland Municipal Code and requires large grocery stores in the City of Oakland to pay employees an additional $5.00 per hour in hazard pay during the ...

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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 Family Rights Act Employee Protections Dramatically Expand in 2021

We all have families. With the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continuing, many California employees must provide emergency care for family members, often at the expense of working.  Strong worker protections guaranteeing protected leave to care for an ill family member can be the difference between safely taking temporary leave and letting a loved ...

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Can My Employer Require A COVID-19 Test & Other Coronavirus Employment Questions Answered

As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic persists, California employees have several options for exercising their complex web of employee rights.  Given these unprecedent times, not every right is clear.  This article provides a brief overview of some of the rights California employees are entitled to during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Can My Employer Force Me ...

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California Labor Code § 2802’s Enhanced Compensation for California Employee Expense Reimbursements

Under California Labor Code section 2802, employers must reimburse California employees for reasonable and mandatory business expenses incurred while carrying out job duties.  The law seeks to prevent employers from unfairly passing operational expenses onto employees.  Thus, employers must adequately reimburse employees.  However, Labor Code section 2802 does not state ...

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San Mateo County Passes Emergency Ordinance Establishing Paid Sick Leave for the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective now throughout unincorporated San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance supplementing FMLA and the extended FMLA and EPSLA, created by the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The emergency ordinance provides forty hours of supplemental paid sick leave for qualifying full-time employees ...

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