Author Archives: Vickie Grasu

California Implements Statewide “Ban the Box” Law Effective January 1, 2018

  California has become the tenth state to pass the “ban-the-box” law which removes the conviction history question on job applications for private employers with five or more employees.   Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont have already passed ban-the-box laws statewide. Assembly Bill 1008 signed by Governor Jerry Brown will become effective January 1, 2018.  AB 1008 adds a section to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) which prohibits an employer from engaging in various defined forms of discriminatory employment practices. Employment Application.  AB 1008 makes it an unlawful employment practice under …

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California’s On-Duty Meal Period – Not a Waiver of a Meal Period!

Under California law, employees are required to take an off-duty 30-minute meal period before the end of the 5th hour of work. Employees who work less than 6 hours may waive the 30-minute meal period by mutual consent of the employee and employer. Employees who work more than 10 hours are required to take a second off-duty 30-minute meal period before the end of the 10th hour of work. Employees who work no more than 12 hours may waive the second 30-minute meal break by mutual consent of the employee and employer only if the first meal break was not …

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Men at Work: California Public Works Projects and Prevailing Wage Laws

California’s prevailing wage law, set forth in the California Labor Code, provides that each worker employed by contractors or subcontractors on a public works project must be paid not less than the general prevailing wage rate for work of a similar character in the locality in which the work is performed. Prevailing wages are significantly higher than the minimum wage. California legislature has recently passed laws that expand the scope of available remedies and time periods for enforcement as well as access to certain information in certified payroll records. Previously, only the Labor Commissioner could obtain liquidated damages equal to …

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