California-based employers and out-of-state employers with employees in California should immediately review their policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with the new laws, most of which will be effective January 1, 2017.
In another example of the ever-broadening scope of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal recently held that employers have a duty under FEHA to provide reasonable accommodations to an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person who needs the employee’s assistance.
California employers need to engage in a prompt and thorough review of their employment policies and procedures in light of dramatic changes in state law that took effect on April 1, 2016.
California continues to enact and adjust an extensive range of laws and regulations impacting labor and employment. Here are some of the most recent changes that employers need to know about.