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.
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.
Recognizing the importance of scheduling flexibility for the healthcare industry, California recently passed a law that gives healthcare personnel the right to waive one of two meal periods when working a shift over 12 hours in a workday. This effectively restores the original exception first adopted in 1993.
On October 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 327 into law, which took effect immediately and confirmed that employees in the health care industry (i.e. nurses, therapists, physician assistants, technicians) can waive one of their two meal periods when working a shift over twelve hours in a workday. (more…) ...
Healthcare class actions, most notably those involving wage and hour claims, are increasingly challenging matters for employers. The California Court of Appeal’s recent response in one such case demonstrates the unexpected role that policies and procedures can play in determining whether the courts grant class action status.