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Baby Bonding Leave Basics

Earlier this month, Governor Brown signed SB 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 […]


Vacation, Sick Leave and PTO. Oh My!

With the different paid sick leave laws adopted by different cities and counties, not to mention California’s Healthy Families Healthy Workplaces Act, employers and employer are confused. Some employers combined their vacation and sick leave into PTO. Others  separated PTO into vacation and sick leave. Given the number of calls I receive from employers and […]


More Local Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

  Over the last few years, several cities and counties in California have passed ordinances requiring paid time off or paid sick leave for employees.  California employers are still trying to figure out how to comply with California’s paid sick leave law (aka: Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act).  Santa Monica, Los Angeles, San Diego, and […]


Paid Bonding Leave for Mothers and Fathers in San Francisco

San Francisco approved a measure earlier this month making it the first place in the nation to require businesses to provide fully paid bonding leave for mothers and fathers to spend time with their new child. Kind of.  The measure does not pay for the entire leave, but it does require an employer with 20 or […]


Pregnancy-Related Leave of Absence

FAQ’s Regarding Pregnancy Related Leave of Absence California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDLA) affords pregnant employees the opportunity to take a pregnancy related leave of absence for pregnancy-related disability leaves.  California law protects employees against discrimination or harassment because of an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical condition (referred to below as “because of […]


Fall 2018 New Employment Laws – Part 1

New Employment Laws for 2018 It’s that time of year again: new employment laws for 2018. While everyone else in the state is bundling up and raking up the falling leaves, the Governor was busy signing bills. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be cutting through the legalese to explain the impact the legislative flurry has […]


Handbook Updates for 2018

California passed a number of new laws that take effect 2018. Here are a few employee handbook updates employers will need to make: Employment Handbook Updates for 2018 Parental Leave Act California’s New Parent Leave Act requires employers with 20 to 49 employees to provide unpaid, job-protected leave for purposes of bonding with a new […]


Celebrate the New Year

As we enter the new year, I want to thank my colleagues, clients, friends and family who made 2016 such a success. I opened my Pleasanton office a little more than a year ago. With your support and encouragement, I continue to help my clients resolve their workplace issues. It has been a great year, […]


Employment Law Changes for 2016

Many people ask me why I practice employment law. One reason is that it is never boring. Employment law changes every year. The legislature never fails to adopt new employment laws trying to create a more equitable and fair workplace. The courts constantly struggle to interpret the old laws in new situations, and how to […]


Hiring Employees Without Getting into Hot Water

As the economy improves and hiring increases, many clients have questions regarding how to avoid common pitfalls when hiring employees.  Asking the right questions and avoiding the wrong ones is just one step in Hiring Right! Finding the Right Candidates Hiring right begins with finding qualified candidates.  Before you begin your search make sure you […]