Best Practices For California Employers

In November of 2020, Cal/OSHA came out with the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), which we covered here. The ETS provided guidance to employers in regard to developing workplace safety policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and required employers to draft written COVID-19 Prevention Programs. Since then, the ETS has been updated to

With the increased interest in cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ethereum, the employment lawyer in me started thinking about whether it would be legal for employers to pay employees in cryptocurrency.  NFL player Sean Culkin was already one-step ahead of me, and last month said he may want his $920,000 salary from the Kansas City Chiefs

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