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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

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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

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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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California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 30, 2021

On January 28, 2021, the California Legislature extended the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium, which protects California tenants statewide from eviction based on nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 impacts.  Now, California tenants remain protected until June 30, 2021. Additionally, California will implement a statewide rental assistance program to keep California ...

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DFEH Releases California Ban the Box Employment Law FAQ

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In September 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (“DFEH”) published a Fair Chance Act: Criminal History and Employment FAQ.  The FAQ offers a brief review of California’s Fair Chance Act, codified at Government Code section 12952 and commonly referred to as Ban the Box, and reinforces California’s ...

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

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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 Tenants Could Lose Statewide Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Ban Protections on August 14, 2020

Millions of California tenants have been protected from evictions during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic due to the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Ban, which prohibits nearly all new evictions throughout the state. Now, as California surpasses New York as the epicenter of new Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases, the Judicial Council is moving towards lifting the ...

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California EDD Rolls Out Phase 2 of Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

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On July 8th, 2020, the California EDD will complete the second phase rollout of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension, a federal program created by the CARES Act.  Under the Coronavirus/COVID-19 PEUC extension, eligible claimants can receive up to thirteen weeks of additional benefits after running out of regular ...

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Do California Tenants Have a Right to Display Black Lives Matter Signs?

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With the Black Lives Matter movement poised to continue pushing for societal change into 2021 and beyond, many California tenants increasingly show solidarity by displaying signs supporting the movement in their homes.  While Americans generally value their right to freedom of expression, some Black Lives Matter signs have brought about ...

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