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California Employment Law Update

PDF Rotary Club of Orange
Orange, CA
February 24, 2015

Spencer Hamer presented to members of the Rotary Club of Orange, covering new California employment laws affecting the health care industry in 2015, as well as legal developments in 2014.

Topics covered included:

  • Expanded definition of emergency leave duties;
  • Expanded anti-harassment/discrimination protection for interns and volunteers;
  • Anti-harassment training must address “bullying”;
  • National origin discrimination extends to the circumstances under which undocumented workers obtained a drivers’ license;
  • Heat recovery periods are paid breaks and count as hours worked;
  • Employers cannot retaliate against employees who update their personal information (considered to be an unfair immigration practice);
  • California’s 60 day health benefit waiting period is repealed to be consistent with the ACA’s 90 day waiting period;
  • New paid sick leave law, effective 7/1/15;
  • New law regarding privacy obligations;
  • NLRB ruling that employees have a right to use company email for certain purposes related to rights under the NLRA;
  • Arbitration waivers of Private Attorneys’ General Act rights;
  • Developments regarding independent contractor status;
  • Donning and doffing time;
  • Social media developments;
  • And more

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