Three sales professionals at car dealerships in California could not bring wage and hour claims against Volkswagen under California law, a federal appeals court ruled. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/calif-volkswagen-not-deemed-joint-employer-of-car-dealership-workers.aspx
HR professionals in the Golden State are used to managing complex workplace laws that go beyond federal requirements. In 2021, they had to navigate an array of state… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/california-hr-pros-covid-19-laws-contractor-rules-2021.aspx
A Black female attorney could not be forced to arbitrate her workplace bias claims under an arbitration provision in the employer’s long-term cash bonus plan, a… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/calif-employment-arbitration-pact-did-not-cover-bias-claims.aspx
California’s Assembly Bill 5, which codified the ABC test for classifying workers as employees or independent contractors, does not violate the First Amendment by… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/court-report-california-contractor-misclassification-law.aspx
A woman who was hired by staffing agencies to work at specialty events on the Costco premises was not a Costco employee, a federal appeals court ruled. The trial court,… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/costco-not-joint-employer-of-woman-hired-by-staffing-agencies.aspx
As uncertainty about the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) emergency temporary standard (ETS) persists, Cal/OSHA’s ETS that was passed in… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/calosha-postpones-discussion-of-changes-to-california-covid-19-ets.aspx
A trial court erred when it ruled that newspaper home-delivery carriers were not employees of The Fresno Bee newspaper but rather were independent contractors and thus… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/calif-court-reconsiders-whether-newspaper-carriers-are-contractors.aspx
As the battle against COVID-19 continues and more workplaces are requiring proof of vaccination, many California employers are seeing an uptick in requests for religious… https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/handling-vaccine-related-religious-accommodations-in-california.aspx
An Asian-American engineer who worked for Stockton’s municipal utility department filed a lawsuit claiming that high-level city officials of the Mormon faith sought to recruit, hire and promote Mormon workers and that he was denied a promotion because he was not white or Mormon.
An employee who was laid off while recovering from an on-the-job knee injury could go forward with a disability discrimination claim under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.
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