Among the many legislative bills signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on his way out of office, no less than five of them take aim at preventing sexual harassment and depriving bad actions from being covered up. The summary below provides an overview of the important new laws likely to affect CA employers.

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Employees who abuse opioids often are given a second chance by their employers. But well-meaning employers could wind up being sued for discriminating against those workers in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they don’t handle the situation very carefully.

Opioid addiction has been rampant in the U.S. for some time. More than three out of five
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Despite periodic rumors to the contrary, employers are typically not interested in policing their employees’ off-duty-conduct or in becoming their employees’ thought-patrol.  However, there are occasions in which an employee’s ostensibly “personal” off-duty statements can force an employer’s hand.  When that happens, both employees and employers are often confused about the line between unpleasant statements about which they can do
Continue Reading Employers Can Discipline Employees’ Private Speech…Sometimes