On June 2, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law Ordinance Nos. 184319 and 184320 (“Ordinances”), which create enhanced paid sick leave rights for employees working within the City of Los Angeles. Beginning on July 1, 2016, employers covered by both the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“California law”) and the Ordinances will need to comply with the more generous provisions of the Ordinances. As a result, employees working in the City of Los Angeles will be entitled to up to 48 hours of paid sick leave per year, nearly twice the amount as most of their non-Angelino counterparts.Below is a brief summary of the rights that the Ordinances will give to Los Angeles employees beyond those they currently enjoy under California law, followed by a more detailed discussion of Los Angeles’ new paid sick leave law. I. The Short ListHere is a quick overview of the primary enhancements that the Los Angeles Ordinances add to … [Read more...] about Beginning July 1, 2016, Employees Working in the City of Los Angeles Will Gain Enhanced Paid Sick Leave Rights
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The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 in favor of a proposed ordinance that would permit Los Angeles workers to earn at least six paid sick leave days annually. The new paid sick leave entitlement would double the mandatory minimum under California’s statewide paid sick leave law.The proposed ordinance, which still needs to be drafted by the City Attorney’s Office before final approval, would take effect July 1, 2016. Businesses with 25 employees or fewer would have an additional year to comply with the new requirement.In general, an employee would be entitled to the paid sick leave if, on or after July 1, 2016, the employee works in the City of Los Angeles for the same employer for 30 days or more within a year. Under the proposed ordinance, employers must provide the six days of paid sick leave up front, or accrue it at the rate of one hour per every 30 hours worked. Accrued paid sick leave carries over to the following year of employment, but may be capped … [Read more...] about Los Angeles City Council Votes to Expand Paid Sick Leave
The Los Angeles City Council voted 13−1 to pass a motion directing the City Attorney’s Office to move forward with a proposed ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work for them in the City of Los Angeles. If the ordinance is approved, Los Angeles will join Oakland, San Francisco, Emeryville and Santa Monica, which have already enacted paid sick leave ordinances. The Los Angeles ordinance will require employers to provide twice as much paid sick leave than is currently required under California state law. Details of the Los Angeles OrdinanceUnder the proposed ordinance, an employee will receive up to 48 hours (6 days) of paid sick leave per calendar year. Paid leave will accrue at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. Alternatively, an employer can elect to “front load” leave, making the full amount of leave available to the employee at the beginning of the year.An employee will be able to carry over 72 hours into the … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Expected to Join Other Cities with Paid Sick Leave Ordinances
Both California and the City of Los Angeles have enacted regulations effective July 1, 2017 governing employer use of applicant and employee criminal history in making employment decisions. Below we summarize these upcoming changes as well as the City of San Francisco’s ordinance already in effect. New California Regulations The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) adopted new regulations limiting the ability of employers to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. These new regulations prohibit employers from using criminal records or information regarding criminal history in employment decisions if doing so would have an adverse impact on individuals in a legally protected class designated by the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) unless the employer could establish the practice was job-related and consistent with business necessity. Even then, an employer could still face liability if the adversely impacted … [Read more...] about Are You Ready for Important California and City of Los Angeles Regulations Effective July 1, 2017?
Contending that they didn’t receive mandated severance and vacation pay, some 800 former Heller Ehrman staff have sued at least 179 partners of the firm for alleged WARN Act violations under federal and California state law.Filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, their $32 million claim also alleges labor law violations in other jurisdictions and seeks damages and penalties, reports the Recorder.The defendants are partners of the firm as of Aug. 11, 2008. That was the day when the first employees should have received 60-day notice of their pending termination, says attorney Craig Collins of Los Angeles. He represents plaintiffs in the case. Related coverage:ABAJournal.com: “Law Firms, Other Employers Battle New Enforcement of WARN Layoff Rules”ABAJournal.com: “Malpractice and Partner Liability at Issue in Heller Bankruptcy”ABAJournal.com: “Heller Creditors Team Up to Target Banks Blamed for Firm’s Demise … [Read more...] about Heller Staff Members Sue Partners, Seek $32M for Alleged Labor Law Violations