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FAQ About California’s New Law on Venue and Choice of Law in Employment Agreements

We recently blogged about Governor Brown signing S.B. 1241, which is now codified as Section 925 of the California Labor Code. The law, which affects venue and choice of law provisions in agreements entered into as a condition of employment, will begin applying to agreements entered into, modified, or extended beginning on January 1, 2017. … Continue Reading

California Prohibits Employers from Considering Juvenile Criminal Convictions

In the past, a California employer could freely inquire about and consider a job applicant’s history of criminal convictions in determining any condition of employment including hiring, promotion, or termination. Although California law prohibited employers from asking about or considering arrests or detentions that did not result in convictions, the law did not impose any restrictions regarding what types of convictions employers could ask about … Continue Reading

California Protects Employees’ Rights to Have Their Claims Heard in the State, Under California Law

In recent years, some employers doing business in the Golden State have required their employees to sign arbitration and employment agreements that require the employee to sue or arbitrate in – or under the law of – another state.  After January 1, 2017, this practice will be illegal unless the employee was represented by legal … Continue Reading

Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Webinar! “The Employee Handbook: Every Word Counts” (Feb. 12 at 10:00-11:15 a.m. PST)

Are your employee handbooks and policies collecting dust? In the highly regulated workplace, human resource professionals, compliance officers, IT, and their counsel must work together to ensure that employee handbooks and policies reflect current best practices in light of expanding employment laws and regulations. In this interactive webinar, you will learn: • Best practices for … Continue Reading

Your Lawyer Said What? — Court Rules Employee’s Communications with Lawyer Over Company Email Are Not Privileged

  A California court has ruled that an employee’s emails with her lawyer over the company’s computer system were not privileged because they “were akin to consulting with her lawyer in her employer’s conference room, in a loud voice, with the door open, so that any reasonable person would expect that their discussion of her … Continue Reading
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