Best Practices For California Employers

Mediation is one of the aspects of litigation that can be confusing for parties in a lawsuit, but there are few rules to understand about the process that can make it a lot less daunting.  Mediation is a non-binding meeting where the parties in a lawsuit hire an independent mediator (a retired judge or lawyer)

In this video, I breakdown New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s apology statement from the perspective of a California employment attorney and cover the five lessons employers should learn from this incident:

1. Duty to investigate complaints.

California Government Code section 12940(j) provides that it is “unlawful if the entity, or its agents or supervisors,

Employers need to remember these five key rules for documenting and providing feedback on employee performance:

1. For at-will employees, there is no legal obligation for employers to provide three warnings to employees prior to a termination.

Some employers have the misconception that employees must be given three warnings prior to being terminated.  This is

Under California law, employers have a duty to investigate misconduct and take remedial action to prevent further discrimination or harassment from occurring in workplace. See Gov. Code section 12940 (j)(1)(k).  This Friday’s Five lists five action items employers should utilize when conducting workplace investigations:

1. Selecting the investigator

Employers should take time to train an

California law requires employers to provide certain documents to employees.  Here are five documents California employers should consider in developing an end of employment packet:

1. Notice to Employee as to Change in Relationship (required under California Unemployment Insurance Code 1089)

As the EDD explains:

Written notice must be given immediately to employees of their

On January 26, 2021, Los Angeles County extended the Los Angeles County COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to continue “until two weeks after the expiration of the COVID-19 local emergency as ratified and declared by the Board.”  The new ordinance also retroactively applies to businesses starting on January 1, 2021.  The new ordinance differs

As we approach 2021, it is a perfect time for companies to conduct a California employment law practices audit to ensure that policies are compliant, managers are properly trained, and the company is maintaining the required records for the necessary length of time.  Here are five areas to start with in conducting an audit and