We enter 2017 with a new President, a polarized electorate, an incomplete Supreme Court, and an increasingly isolated California. Against this dramatic backdrop, Glen Kraemer will examine the most important recent appellate decisions and legislation in the equal employment opportunity arena, while forecasting discrimination law trends that could dramatically impact our State in the new…

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Review of key legislation taking effect in 2016 that will impact Contra Costa County business owners, consultants and human resources professionals. Download: Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council Midyear Legislative Updates Presentation

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Last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This year the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25.  Two laws with a shared, broader goal—to level the playing field and eradicate unlawful discrimination—but also two laws with different pasts and likely different futures.  One of the key distinctions is this:…

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Vaccines for children have been front-page news around the country after the breakout of measles at Disneyland.  Rightfully, the focus has been on children who are unvaccinated and the effect that it has on schools and places of public accommodation.  But, what about unvaccinated adults?  Can an employer require that its employees are vaccinated?

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Most employee handbooks are nearly identical to each other, regardless of the industry, workforce size or the jurisdictions in which business is conducted. Very little thought is given to the purpose behind these policies, how they impact and reflect your corporate culture and what they are designed to actually accomplish. At best, most companies slightly…

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