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The trial court erred in finding that a graduate student teaching assistant was not an employee of the university and dismissing his race discrimination in an employment lawsuit, a California appellate court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/EmPa4lxP75s/calif-teaching-assistant-may-have-been-employee-.aspx

An employer voluntarily consented to a safety inspection, even though the inspector was accompanied by several other state officials, some of whom were armed, and the permission to inspect was given by the owner’s son, who was not an officer of the company, a California appellate court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/_y92k1-C6M0/employer-consent-to-calosha-inspection-deemed-voluntary.aspx

​A former law enforcement officer can proceed with his suit against the California Highway Patrol alleging discrimination because of his sexual orientation, a California appeals court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/hXxNqythbSY/calif-officer-can-sue-for-sexual-orientation-bias.aspx

A California law that generally makes noncompete agreements unenforceable does not extend to an employee’s promise not to compete against his current—as opposed to former—employer, a California appellate court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/PoirV8MFXLg/calif-employee-promise-not-to-compete-enforceable-.aspx

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread illness and anxiety, California employers are scrambling to adjust to the new circumstances. They should be aware of the state resources available for those who are economically affected, as well as the notice requirements governing layoffs and shutdowns.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/8GWVFWuMyNM/california-covid-19-resources-for-employers-and-workers.aspx

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently issued guidance to childcare industry employers to address the risks of exposure to COVID-19 from working with children.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/lrsmawaZcBo/calosha-issues-guidance-on-childcare-covid-19.aspx

Many employers are confused about how to answer coronavirus-related questions from employees—particularly after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a “shelter-in-place” order requiring residents to stay at home unless they are conducting essential business. Here are some key issues to keep in mind.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/atVn4zqtJag/tips-for-california-employers-facing-covid-19-concerns.aspx

An employee who settled his individual wage and hour claims against his former employer can still pursue a representative claim under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/PPo0sCmWoVk/california-paga-claims-survive-settlement-of-individual-wage-claims.aspx

​California business owners in the hospitality industry have been urged to temporarily close their doors as the number of coronavirus cases in the state climbs.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/Oo5Ca3q0jvA/calif-governor-calls-for-some-businesses-to-close.aspx

California’s detailed meal and rest break laws are a source of confusion for employers and can lead to expensive litigation if they are not properly followed. Here are the key points California employers should understand.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/A2fmoksDI7I/navigating-california-meal-and-rest-break-requirements.aspx