Being an employer with a few, or many, California employees can be confusing, frustrating and difficult. California’s employment laws are unique, complex and sometimes contradictory to the federal rules, or rules followed in the overwhelming majority of other states.

Leech Tishman’s Employment Practice Group possesses the expertise to counsel clients on the unique challenges facing companies with employees in California. We regularly present on issues including:

  • California’s Unique Approach to Discrimination and Elimination of Bias in the Workplace
  • California’s Dynamex Decision and Its Effect on Classifying Independent Contractors
  • California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) and its effect on employer’s immigration obligations and record-keeping requirements
  • California Municipal And Corporate Training Information On Discrimination
  • Marijuana in the Public Workplace

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Leech Tishman California Employment Law Presentation Topics

California’s Unique Employment Laws

In this June 7, 2018 CLE, Leech Tishman attorneys discussed the unique challenges facing companies with employees in California.

West Coast Business & Client Relations Partner Philip A. Toomey discussed California’s unique employment laws and the state’s unique approach to discrimination, as well as elimination of bias in the workplace.

Employment Associate Eric J. Wu discussed California’s recent Dynamex decision and its effect on classifying independent contractors. Eric discussed the significance of the Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders, meal and rest period requirements, and employment arbitration. Eric also discussed OSHA rules and regulations in California, as well as the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (“Proposition 65”).

Immigration Chair and Partner Cristina Perez discussed California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) and its affect on employer’s immigration obligations and record-keeping requirements.

 

California Municipal And Corporate Training Information On Discrimination

Both Federal and California laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on an employee’s “protected characteristics.” Under California law, “protected characteristics” includes: “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation.”

Philip A. Toomey, Employment Practice Partner with Leech Tishman, presented to California municipal and corporate employees on Non-Traditional Discrimination: Ageism, Transgender, and Protected Classes.

 

Medical Marijuana in the Public Workplace

Phil Toomey presented to attendees of the National PELRA (Public Employer Labor Relations Association) 2018 Annual Training Conference, held on April 15 – April 19, 2018.