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California Employee Handbooks: Policy Updates You Need to Make for 2018

California Employee Handbooks: Policy Updates You Need to Make for 2018 - On-Demand

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California Employee Handbooks: Policy Updates You Need to Make for 2018 - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to update your California employee handbook to stay in compliance with the latest federal, state, and local requirements.


This past July, the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) adopted newregulations relating to criminal history, as well as gender identity and gender expression. These new regulations require you to update your policies and practices concerning criminal histories, background checks, and dress and grooming. Also, there are new laws going into effect January 1, 2018 dealing with  harassment training and parental leave.

Also, there are close to 10 California employment law bills on the desk of Governor Brown who has until October 15 to sign them. Perhaps most noteworthy is the California "Ban-the-Box" law (AB 1008), but there are many others, too, including one that would bar salary history inquiries, another dealing with employer reports of gender pay differences, and one that would require employers to cover gender identity/expression/sexual orientation in AB1825 training. 

And, that’s not all. These are others being closely watched, including: 

  • SB 63—Parental leave bill: Expands the CFRA to cover small business employers with 20-49 employees.
  • AB 168 –Prohibits salary inquiries from an applicant and prohibits consideration of salary history as a factor in offering employment
  • SB 306–New workplace retaliation procedures and injunctive relief – signed by governor on 10/3 and takes effect January 1, 2018

Is your employee handbook up to date with the latest legal changes? Even if it is, you need to make sure your policies don’t unintentionally create a binding contract with employees—one that could jeopardize their “at will” status and open you up to devastating lawsuits. And, given new legislation that’s likely to take effect soon, now is the time to gear up on what changes you’ll need to make for the coming year.

Learn more with this comprehensive employee handbook webinar specifically for California employers.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make changes to your handbook that align with new state and federal laws and regulations for 2018
  • How to update specific policies to comply with:
    • Anti-discrimination, and dress and grooming policies
    • Background checks and criminal history requirements
    • The New Parent Leave Act, which will be effective January 1, 2018
    • Paid family leave benefit rules (changes taking effect January 1, 2018)
  • How to update your employment policies to comply with new California legislation, including bills on Governor Brown’s desk right now
  • How to ensure that your non-smoking policy meets the expanded smoke-free workplace protections enacted last year
  • How to spot whether your anti-discrimination policy complies with current FEHC regulations
  • How to update confidentiality and non-disclosure policy language so you don’t misstep by trying to limit employees from disclosing their own wages or discussing or inquiring about the wages of others in light of California’s newly amended Equal Pay law
  • What the employee handbook should state to comply with new requirements to provide employees with notice of leave for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • How to update your paid sick leave policy to ensure it complies with California’s paid sick leave law and any applicable local ordinances
  • Disclaimer language to always include in your California employee handbook
  • Key language that can legally protect your company
  • A list of important policy language to always include
  • How to generally craft an employee handbook that covers the policies you need
  • How to avoid inadvertently creating a binding contract with your handbook language
  • And much more!


About Your Presenter:

Cathleen S. YonaharaCathleen S. Yonahara
Freeland, Cooper, and Foreman, LLP

Cathleen Yonahara, a partner with Freeland, Cooper, and Foreman, LLP, concentrates her practice on employment and labor law. She has successfully represented employers in courts and before various government agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner. She has litigated all types of employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, violation of California Family Rights Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour violations.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Yonahara provides advice and counseling to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship in order to avoid potential legal disputes. She advises employers on the myriad legal requirements facing California employers including anti-discrimination and harassment laws, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour compliance, and proper classification of independent contractors and exempt employees. She conducts audits of her client’s employment practices, policies and agreements to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws, and drafts employee handbooks and personnel policies, and employment, arbitration, confidentiality and severance agreements.

Ms. Yonahara serves as the Assistant Editor to the California Employment Law Letter, a semimonthly newsletter focused on current labor employment cases in California. She is an experienced speaker and trainer on all aspects of the employment relationship. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

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