KBY Blog

A reflection on labor and employment laws and issues and their impact on the future.


California Expands Eligibility for Baby Bonding Leave

California employers with less than 50 employees have been free from the obligation to comply with California and federal laws guaranteeing employee rights to family and medical leaves of absence. On January 1, 2018, that will change.

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Statewide Ban on Salary History Questions To Take Effect

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 into law. This new law, which applies to all employers regardless of size, prohibits inquiries into an applicant’s salary history. In addition, employers will now also be required to disclose the relevant pay scale for an open position upon reasonable request. There are a few […] Continue reading

New California Regulations on Transgender Identity and Expression Take Effect

Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), employers may not discriminate on the basis of the gender identity or gender expression of an employee or applicant. On July 1, 2017, newly amended California FEHA regulations on transgender identity and expression (which can be found here) took effect, specifically interpreting and expanding upon protections for […] Continue reading

Employees’ Domestic Violence Leave Rights Expand

On September 14, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2337 into law, thereby expanding the requirement of employers to inform employees of their legal rights and protections regarding domestic violence leave (Labor Code sections 230 and 230.1).

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California’s Minimum Wage Will Quickly Increase

On Monday, April 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will gradually raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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The California Supreme Court Clarifies Suitable Seating

In a highly anticipated ruling, the California Supreme Court recently answered three questions certified to it by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy Inc. The questions related to Section 14 of California Industrial Welfare Commission (“IWC”) Wage Orders 4-2001 and 7-2001, which provide that “employees shall be provided […] Continue reading