Employer Update- Special Edition

New policy, notice, record-keeping and investigation requirements effective April 1, 2016 in the areas of Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Pregnancy Disability Leave. Newsletter Special Edition – April 2016

PG&E’s Failure to Maintain Trees Suspected Cause in Butte Fires

PG&E saves money by collecting money from rate payers to perform maintenance and then deferring the work. The extra money on the books results in bigger bonuses for PG&E’s management. It looks like the same thing happened here, resulting in a tree that PG&E should have trimmed impacting a 12,000-volt power line and sparking the […]

California Legislature Amends New Sick Leave Law

THE HEALTHY WORKPLACES, HEALTHY FAMILIES ACT OF 2014 California is now the second state in the nation to implement paid sick leave state-wide, passing “The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014”. (AB 1522; California Labor Code § 245 et seq.) Here is what you need to know about this law (this memorandum has been […]

SCOTUS Declares Same Sex Marriage Legal in 50 States

In its June 26, 2015, 5-4 landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court declared that the fundamental right to marry extends to same-sex couples, making same-sex marriage legal nationwide. The Court held that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the United States Constitution, and that states must recognize a marriage […]

PUC fines PG&E $1.6 billion for San Bruno explosion

After more than four and a half years, the California Public Utility Commission imposed one of the largest fines ever levied on a utility company for the San Bruno explosion. While this will not erase the memories of the horrific event or bring back loved ones, this is a step in the right direction. Read […]

What CA Employers Need to Know About the New Sick Leave Law

THE HEALTHY WORKPLACES, HEALTHY FAMILIES ACT OF 2014 California is now the second state in the nation to implement paid sick leave state-wide, passing “The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014”. (AB 1522; California Labor Code § 245 et seq.) Here is what you need to know about this law: The Basics Beginning July […]

Amanda L. Riddle Receives the James M. Dennis Memorial Award

We are pleased to announce that our partner, Amanda L. Riddle, received the James M. Dennis Memorial Award. The award is presented each year by the San Mateo County Bar Association in recognition of the attorney whose courage and determination, even in the face of adversity, contributes significantly to justice in the community and raises […]