Category Archives: Employment Law

Information about labor and employment law in Los Angeles and in California

What Employment Rights Do I Have As A Pregnant Woman?

Receiving the proper time and amount of maternity leave seems like a difficult task, especially with rapidly changing employment laws recently. However, if you are a California resident that is pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, you have state and federal rights that will allow you to take pregnancy leave. Unfortunately, many businesses will not properly follow pregnancy leave laws, or will take advantage of you if you don’t know your rights. Here are some employment rights you or someone you know should be aware of as a pregnant woman. What Does The Law Say? Besides the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which mostly every U.S worker follows, California workers have additional pregnancy employment laws, such as the California Family Rights Act (CRFA) and the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law for paid and unpaid leave. Under the CFRA, which is California’s version of the FMLA, a pregnant employee is allowed…
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Will This New Law Help Lower the Gender Pay Gap?

A new law, the salary privacy bill, seeks to narrow the gender pay gap by forbidding employers from asking applicants about their previous salaries and benefits. The bill was signed into law on October 12, 2017 and takes effect on January 1, 2018. The law does not prevent applicants from voluntarily providing information related to salary, but companies can no longer ask. Additionally, employers will be required, upon reasonable request, to provide applicants with a reasonable pay scale for positions they are applying for. Few places in the United States have made asking for applicant salary history unlawful: Massachusetts, Oregon, Delaware, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York City are among the most notable. Now with California joining the group, it is expected that these types of laws may become more common. While the new law applies to both men and women, supporters say it is mainly aimed…
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What New Employment Laws Take Effect in 2018?

More than 700 bills have been sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval as of the adjournment of the 2017 California Legislature on September 15. A handful of those were signed, including two that will affect employers starting in 2018. The first, Senate Bill (SB) 63, mandates 12 weeks of baby bonding time for employees. The second, Assembly Bill (AB) 168, bans employers from asking about a prospective employee’s salary history. This blog will detail SB 63, and Wednesday’s blog will look at AB 168. SB 63 Currently, under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers with 50 or more employees must provide up to 12 weeks of leave for employees within one year of a child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement if that employee has been with the employer for more than 12 consecutive months, has worked at…
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