Yearly Archives: 2014

NOT SO HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Employer-Sponsored Holiday Parties – Tips for Ensuring a Happy Holiday Season It is estimated that over two-thirds of employers will host some form of holiday party for their employees this year, with many of these parties serving some extra holiday cheer in the form of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. (BLG included!) While holiday […]

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California Minority Counsel Program Names Attorney Janice Brown to its Diversity Leader Hall of Fame

The California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) has named San Diego attorney Janice Brown to its Diversity Leader Hall of Fame. In its inaugural year, CMCP’s Diversity Leader Hall of Fame recognizes visionaries who saw the need, set the tone and paved the way, moving CMCP to a higher level. Marci Rubin, Executive Director of CMCP, […]

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CALIFORNIA TAKES A STEP TO END WORKPLACE BULLYING

The scope of California’s required supervisory sexual harassment training just got bigger: the training must now include the prevention of workplace bullying. The story began in 2004 when Assembly Bill 1825 was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. This law requires that every California employer with 50 or more employees provide supervisors with sexual harassment […]

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CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES’ WHISTLE JUST GOT MUCH LOUDER

In late-2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three  bills (SB 496, SB 666 and AB 263), which together significantly expanded California Labor Code Section 1102.5 (Section 1102.5), California’s general whistleblower statute. While litigation continues in California courts regarding whether these amendments apply retroactively, one thing is certainly clear, whistleblower claims in California will assuredly […]

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PAGA, ANYONE?

Our great State of California often sets the national standard on various social, economic and political fronts. One example of this is California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) (Cal. Lab. Code, §2698 et seq.) However, since its adoption in 2004, questions have repeatedly been raised about PAGA’s purpose, use and effectiveness.

So you ask, what is PAGA?

PAGA deputizes private citizens and allows them to act on behalf of California’s Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) in seeking civil penalties for Labor Code violations. PAGA authorizes employees to bring a lawsuit “on behalf of themselves and others” on any violation of the California Labor Code, regardless of how small, technical, or short-lived the alleged violation.

Now that’s a lot for anyone to swallow. Keep reading to digest it further. (Pun intended.)

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Janice Brown to be inducted into CMCP Diversity Leadership Hall of Fame

Janice Brown, founder of the Brown Law Group, has been selected by the California Minority Counsel Program as one of the inaugural members of the CMCP Diversity Leadership Hall of Fame.  Ms. Brown is one of thirty-five members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the 25th Anniversary Business Conference.  The conference will […]

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SO GOES CALIFORNIA…

2014 Ushers in a Multitude of Laws Affecting Employers Don’t be caught unaware by the 2014 changes to employment laws that could directly affect your Company! Knowledge about these new laws and those that are on the horizon are the key to minimizing and attempting to prevent workplace claims. What is new: Expanded protection for […]

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