Top 10 Developments of 2018 in Employment and Higher Education Law: NUMBER 10 – HIGHER ED ROUNDUP 2018 was a year full of legislative action at the federal level. In the higher education sphere, proposed changes to Title IX dominated the news cycles, while changes at the Supreme Court might herald the demise of “affirmative…

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Hanging in my office is a Dilbert cartoon wherein a boss announces to his subordinates that, happily, they would not be replaced by robots. Unhappily, he would be replaced by a robot, bringing his unfortunate subordinates suffering “the world hasn’t seen since slavery was legal.” In an apparent bid to outdo Dilbert’s employer, Amazon has…

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September is the most common birth month in the United States, making August a common time for HR professionals to be preparing for maternity leaves and other issues surrounding pregnant employees. Here are ten practical tips every California employer should know when supporting their pregnant employees: No Stereotyping: Pregnancy is a protected characteristic under California’s…

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As most employers are undoubtedly aware, April’s dynamite Dynamex decision blew up the definition of “employer” for purposes of determining independent contractor status. The California Supreme Court utilized the newly adopted “ABC test” for determining whether an employer “suffers or permits” the work, thereby justifying classifying the worker an employee.  The knockout blow came in…

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Under a number of California and federal laws, employers are legally required to maintain certain employment-related records for a fixed period of time.  Changes in the past few years have altered many of the record retention guidelines employers may be familiar with, opening employers up to the risk for civil penalties and large awards of…

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