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New Parental Leave Law Takes Effect

Posted in Employee Benefits, Family and Medical Leave
As national discourse around women’s pay equality came to the forefront in 2017, Governor Brown signed several bills in an effort to create a more egalitarian workplace. One such measure came in the form of Senate Bill 63, otherwise known as the New Parental Leave Act, which became effective January 1, 2018. Under prior law,… Continue Reading

Legislature Amends Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014

Posted in Employee Benefits, Sick Leave
Governor Brown, on July 13 signed AB 304 into law thereby amending the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act (the California Paid Sick Leave law).  The changes address needed clarifications in the original text of the law and implement some significant changes.  These are immediately effective as the law contains an urgency clause. The Healthy Workplaces,… Continue Reading

Department of Labor Amends Definition of “Spouse” in FMLA Regulations

Posted in Employee Benefits, Family and Medical Leave
On February 25, 2015, the Department of Labor issued a “Final Rule” that amends the definition of “Spouse” in the Family Medical Leave Act.  Previously, an employee seeking leave under the act would be eligible if the state law they lived in covered the dependent under the State’s definition of “spouse”. The new rule requires… Continue Reading

Court Holds New Pension Formulas Do Not Constitutionally Impair Existing MOUs

Posted in Employee Benefits, Recent Court Decisions, Retirement
The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, recently held, in Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County v. County of San Diego, that the implementation of new defined benefit formula provisions for “new members” does not impermissibly impair agreements with employee groups where the pre-existing agreements contain conflicting terms.… Continue Reading