In recent years, increasing the minimum wage rate at the local level has gained momentum. Already, several California Bay Area cities have established minimum wage rates that exceed California’s 2016 $10.00 per hour state minimum wage rate. Support for the higher minimum wage rates is indicative of the higher cost of living in these communities. Read more

Nearly all California employees are now covered by the state’s mandatory Paid Sick Leave law that went into effect last July. The Paid Sick Leave law (Labor Code §245) requires employers to provide employees up to three days of paid sick leave annually. Paid sick leave can be used for the diagnosis, care, or treatment, Read more

This October California’s Governor Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act significantly changing the way equal pay rights between men and women are tested.  The current equal pay standard relies on a narrowly applied job comparison, sometimes making it difficult to establish an equal pay violation.  The Fair Pay Act, which takes effect January Read more

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees from discrimination on the basis of an employee’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. Further, the law prohibits retaliation against Read more