Entries by Robert Nuddleman

Hiring Caregivers Horror Stories – Part 1

Horror Stories from Hiring Caregivers – Part 1 I help a lot of families, trustees, conservators and other fiduciaries resolve disputes with caregivers. I also represent a number of caregivers in disputes with the families that hired them. I frequently educate those in the circle of care regarding the common pitfalls when hiring caregivers. I […]

New DFEH E-Filing System Launched

New DFEH E-Filing System California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing is rolling out a new DFEH e-filing system on Tuesday November 21, 2017. The new online case filing and case management system is called the Cal Civil Rights System (CCRS). It replaces the Houdini case filing system, which goes away as of 6 p.m. […]

Is My Electronic Signature Binding?

Is My Electronic Signature Binding? Agreements may not be denied legal effect because they are in electronic form or have an electronic signature. California’s Uniform Electronic Transactions Act states, [a]n electronic record or electronic signature is attributable to a person if it was the act of the person. The act of the person may be […]

Ban the Box Goes Statewide

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in “ban the box” legislation. Ban the box refers to employers forcing applicants to divulge information about criminal convictions before the employer even considers the applicant. Governor Brown recently signed legislation prohibiting employers from asking about criminal convictions before the employer makes an employment offer. Why […]

Don’t Ask About Employee Salaries

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers cannot ask about employee salaries. Governor Brown signed AB-168, prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their prior compensation. Over the last few years, California strengthened its gender and racial equality laws. Part of that shift includes forces employers away from compensation history as a basis for determining current pay. New […]

Baby Bonding Leave Basics

Earlier this month, Governor Brown signed AB 63, requiring employers with 20 or more employees to provide baby bonding leave. The new baby bonding leave law becomes operative on January 1, 2018. Employers with 50 or more employees already provide baby bonding leave under the CFRA. The new law has important twists to note. Baby […]

New Employment Laws for 2017

Once again the California Legislature has been hard at work passing new employment laws. The following is the “final” list of bills signed by the governor. All bills will take effect on January 1, 2018, unless otherwise specified in the bill. Many of the bills are only applicable to specific industries. Others apply to all […]

New Health Care Expenditure Rates for San Francisco Employers

San Francisco updated its Health Care Expenditure rates for 2018. Under San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO), covered employers must make qualifying Health Care Expenditures on behalf of all covered employees every quarter. Covered employees are those who have been employed for more than 90 days and who regularly work at least 8 hours per week […]

Retaliation Claims Get Stronger

Governor Brown just signed SB-306, which significantly strengthens retaliation claims. Employers cannot discharge, discriminate, retaliate, or take adverse action against employees because they engaged in specified protected conduct. Aggrieved employees can seek reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits. Employees can file claims with the Labor Commissioner or pursue a case in court. Retaliation […]

Berkeley Minimum Wage Increase

Berkeley Minimum Wage Increase Minimum wage increases are all the rage. Berkeley, CA is no exception.  Effective October 1, 2017, Berkeley minimum wage increases to $13.75 per hour (from $12.53). It will increase again on October 1, 2018 to $15.00 per hour, and continue to increase each year. Because Berkeley has a higher minimum wage […]