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Cal-OSHA and Key Occupational Safety Requirements in California

February 22, 2007 - 2:53 PM

Ensuring health and safety in the workplace is California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's primary goal (Cal-OSHA). In order to achieve this goal, Cal-OSHA has certain powers including the ability to conduct random inspections, issue citations, and assess penalties against an employer it finds has jeopardized the health and safety of the workplace....
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Nancy Berner of CDF To Appear on “Your Legal Rights” Radio Program

February 21, 2007 - 9:01 AM

Nancy Berner will appear on the PBS radio program "Your Legal Rights" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., February 21, to discuss the implications of San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Law on employers throughout the state. The show is broadcast live in the Bay Area at 91.7 FM, KALW, and online at It is rebroadcast...
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California Comes to Texas: Pressing Issues in Managing the California Workforce - Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX

February 16, 2007 - 10:05 AM

On March 27, 2007, join experienced California-based employment law specialists from Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP for a complimentary seminar addressing the most pressing issues facing Texas-based companies with California employees. The event will take place at The Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. Registration is from 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will run from 3:00 p...
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Oral Arguments Set In Murphy v. Kenneth Cole

February 8, 2007 - 12:36 PM

The California Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Murphy v. Kenneth Cole Productions to take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 1:30 p.m., in San Francisco. The Supreme Court's ruling will (hopefully) settle the issue about whether Labor Code AASUNsect; 226.7 penalties for meal and rest break violations are subject to a three year or...
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The Hazards of Dukes: Ninth Circuit Certifies Largest-Ever Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit against Wal-Mart

February 7, 2007 - 2:57 PM

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down its much-anticipated opinion in Dukes v. Wal-Mart. In a 2-1 decision, the majority of the panel approved the lower court's decision to certify a sex discrimination class action by 1.5 million women against Wal-Mart. The certified class included all current and former female employees who worked...
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LAX Living Wage Ordinance Rescinded, But Businesses Still Need to Be Aware

February 5, 2007 - 5:39 PM

On January 31, Los Angeles City Council unanimously rescinded the ordinance that would have applied the city's living wage ordinance to a select few hotels located on Century Boulevard near LAX under terms of a compromise with city business leaders. However, many questions still exist as to the final terms of the compromise, which includes...
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California Court Creates New Cause of Action for “Negligent Failure To Prevent Retaliation.”

February 1, 2007 - 4:56 PM

In Taylor v. Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, 144 Cal.App.4th 1216 (2006), the Court of Appeal recently handed plaintiffs lawyers a favorable holdings for use against California employers in retaliation lawsuits. Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment. By way of background, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"), generally creates three distinct causes of action...
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Office of Administrative Law Disapproves FEHC Regulations on AB 1825

February 1, 2007 - 4:53 PM

On Tuesday, January 30, the Office of Administrative Law ("OAL") informed the Fair Employment Housing Commission ("FEHC") that it would not approve the regulations submitted by FEHC on December 14, 2006 regarding the requirements of AB 1825, the existing law that requires California employers with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees every two...
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