How Will California’s New Governor Approach Workplace Bills?

Democratic Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will be taking the reins of the California state government in January, and many employers are hoping that he will be more responsive to business needs because of his entrepreneurial background. Here’s what California employers should know about the governor-elect.

Can a Worker Sue an Employer’s Payroll Provider for Negligence?

A worker sued her former employer’s payroll provider asserting claims for failure to pay wages in a timely manner and provide accurate wage statements. The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether the claims against the provider are permissible or if the worker’s only remedy is to sue the employer.


Top 10 California HR News Articles for 2018

California HR professionals had to deal with quite a few changes in 2018. This year’s most-read SHRM Online articles covered marijuana legalization, pay equity, background investigations and more.

Restaurant Operations Director Advances Age-Discrimination Lawsuit

The director of operations for several McDonald’s franchise restaurants can proceed with her age-bias lawsuit against the franchise owners, a California appellate court ruled. Although the owners claimed that they fired the plaintiff to save money in light of declining profits, a jury could find that this explanation is a pretext for unlawful discrimination, the court said.


Employee Didn’t Agree to Arbitration Provision in Company Handbook

A former employee had not agreed to arbitrate employment disputes, even though the employee handbook contained a provision mandating arbitration, because the employee had not signed that page, a California appeals court ruled.

Driving Company Vehicle Didn’t Make Commuting Time Compensable

Employees who drove company vehicles loaded with equipment and tools from home at the beginning of their workday and back home at the end of the day were not entitled to compensation for their commuting time, a California appellate court ruled.


HR Professionals Gear Up for Mandatory Anti-Harassment Training

Trainers who provide sexual-harassment-prevention courses are fielding more requests from California businesses looking to schedule training sessions that comply with a new state mandate.

Complying with California’s Suitable Seating Requirements

California employers may be required to provide seating for all workers—even customer-facing employees, such as cashiers, greeters and tellers—but the standard for suitable seating depends on the particular workplace’s circumstances.

New California Law Requires Emergency Responders to Be on Call During Breaks

California voters approved a measure requiring private-sector ambulance workers to be reachable during their work breaks. The new law is significant for employers in light of a state high court decision holding that on-call breaks are prohibited under state law.

Calif. Court Limits Use of Employee Nonsolicitation Agreements

A California appellate court decision calls into question whether employee nonsolicitation agreements are enforceable in the state. This uncertainty will continue until other courts, and ultimately the California Supreme Court, weigh in.