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Political protests in the workplace: can employees “take a knee?”

Political protests in the workplace: can employees “take a knee?”

For better or worse, employers face new challenges in our current, divisive climate, as politics worms its way into workplaces across the country. Let’s suppose you operate a highly visible…

Service animals in the workplace: Do you have to let the dogs in?

Service animals in the workplace: Do you have to let the dogs in?

Suppose you are sitting at your desk, working away, and an employee asks for a meeting. Of course, you agree (you do have an “open door” policy), and the employee…

State bill would allow disclosure of home care workers’ private information

State bill would allow disclosure of home care workers’ private information

California’s Department of Social Services currently maintains a registry of all home care aides in the state. The registry exists for the purpose of allowing consumers to search for and…

Scheduling ordinances: The next big employment challenge?

Scheduling ordinances: The next big employment challenge?

The new administration in Washington, DC came in with a promise to “deregulate,” that is to r   educe the amount of government regulations. At the same time, at the…

Immigration law compliance: The basics of I-9 verification

Immigration law compliance: The basics of I-9 verification

Employers in the Central Valley have long understood the importance of compliance with immigration law to maintain a viable workforce. With the election of Donald Trump, national attention has been…

Federal regulations: reform on the horizon?

Federal regulations: reform on the horizon?

On Feb. 24, President Trump issued an executive order, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, which calls for each federal agency to develop a regulatory reform task force within 90 days to…

Gorsuch’s possible impact on employers

Gorsuch’s possible impact on employers

Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump nominated a potential successor, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat. Judge Gorsuch currently sits on the U.S.…

Navigating California’s two-tier minimum wage

Navigating California’s two-tier minimum wage

California’s minimum wage went up at the beginning of the year and will continue to increase in the years to come in a series of six, stepped annual statewide increases.…

Drug testing without taint of retaliation

Drug testing without taint of retaliation

Many employers in the Central Valley have implemented drug-free workplace policies, which may include post-incident drug testing of workers.  In addition, employers may also provide various incentives to employees to…

How the 2016 election could impact the workplace

How the 2016 election could impact the workplace

After what seemed to be a never-ending campaign season, the 2016 general election is over. Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, and the recreational use…

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