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California Floating Home Rent Control

California Floating Home Rent Control protects floating home tenants in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties by limiting rent increases to the lower of either three percent (3%) plus the percentage change in the cost of living; or, five percent (5%).  Now, some floating home tenants are protected from extreme ...

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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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California Applicants May Lower Application Screening Fees Through Reusable Tenant Screening Reports

When searching for housing, California tenants applying for new rental housing are accustomed to paying application screening fees.  These fees range from $10 to $100, making applying to multiple listings an expensive endeavor.  Until now, applicants had little recourse but to incur the charges or apply selectively.  However, applicant screening ...

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California Public Sector Hospital Employees Entitled to Rest & Meal Breaks in 2023

Everyone knows hospitals are stressful spaces, particularly for those working inside.  However, public sector hospital employees were forced to contend with slightly greater stress than their private sector counterparts.  This is because, historically, public sector hospital workers were not entitled to protected rest and meal breaks.  Beginning in 2023, that ...

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Starting in 2023, California Workers Afforded Notice of Cal/OSHA Citations for Labor Code Violations

In 2022, the California Legislature passed AB 2068 requiring California employers to post notifications when they receive citations for certain California Labor Code violations, and any special orders or actions issued by Cal/OSHA. California Labor Code § 6318. The notice shall contain, at a minimum, the following information: Notice that ...

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WARN Act Notifications Apply to California Call Center Employees

The Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act requires employers to provide California workers with at least sixty (60) days’ notice regarding a mass termination or plant closing. California Labor Code §§ 1400-1408. The requirements apply to California employers that have employed at least seventy-five (75) California workers in the ...

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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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Discriminating Against California Workers for Off-Duty Cannabis Use Up In Smoke in 2024

The California Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”) protects Californians from discrimination, retaliation, or harassment in employment. California Government Code §§ 12900 – 12996. Presently, FEHA protects California workers from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment based on a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical ...

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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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