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The Glendale Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance

Glendale, California joins Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other cities in providing protections for hotel workers.  As of July 28, 2022, the Glendale Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance protects hotel workers working in covered hotels by protecting workers from violent or threatening behavior, limiting workload without overtime pay, prohibiting forced ...

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Can My California Employer Make Direct Deposit Mandatory in 2022?

Mandatory Direct Deposit Unlawful in California

California law is clear: California employees are not required to receive wage payments via direct deposit.  Employers must provide employee choice with regard to receipt of pay. Labor Code section 213 permits employers to pay employees via direct deposit into an account of the employee’s choosing, so long as the ...

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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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Can California Employees Waive The Right To Overtime Compensation?

California law reflects the state’s strong public policy in favor of full payment of wages for all hours worked.  Armenta v. Osmose, 135 Cal. App. 4th 314, 321-24 (2005).  California employees are entitled to collect overtime compensation, based on a multiple of their regular hourly rate. California Labor Code § ...

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New Employment Laws for California Workers in 2022

Starting in 2022, a slew of new laws protect California workers, including laws seeking to curtail wage theft from all workers and delivery drivers, and laws prohibiting overly broad confidentiality agreements.  Continue reading for an overview of new laws set to protect California workers in 2022. AB 1003 – Wage ...

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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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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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