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Archive for September 2019

California Furthers Equal Pay Rights

In April 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Rizo v. Yovino  that an employer cannot justify a wage differential between male and female employees under the Equal Pay Act by relying on the employee’s prior salary. This case was later overturned by the United States Supreme Court on a technicality, but the…

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Male on Male Sexual Harassment

When most people think of sexual harassment in the workplace, they think of male workers harassing or propositioning female coworkers. However, men can also be the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. In fact, female on male, or male on male, harassment accounts for approximately 20% of all harassment complaints filed with the Equal…

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California Lactation Areas – Bathrooms NOT Included

Labor Code § 1031 has been amended by the California Legislature to make it clear that an employer must make reasonable efforts to provide an employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a bathroom, for lactation. This brings the California Labor Code into compliance with the Federal Affordable Care Act,…

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California Minimum Wage Increases in 2020

In 2016, California enacted SB 3, authorizing annual minimum wage increases until it reaches $15.00, and identifying a two-tiered schedule for the effective dates of these increases depending on whether the employer has more than 25 employees.  As minimum wage increases, so does the employees regular rate for purposes of calculating time and a half…

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