How Much Pregnancy Disability Leave is Enough? The Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”) prohibits discrimination on a variety of grounds including sex and physical disability.  “Sex” is defined to include pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions.  FEHA also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation for an employee’s known disability unless such accommodation would cause an undue …

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  • December 18, 2013
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How the Workforce is Impacted by the APA Expansion of Mental Disorders By Robyn McKibbin, Esq. The American Psychiatric Association (“APA”) recently published the fifth version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (“DSM-5”).  It includes several diagnostic categories not included in prior editions, which means more employees may qualify for protection under …

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  • November 15, 2013
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Many thanks to Patrick Carroll, experienced founder of TCIG Pacific Insurance Services, who was kind enough to provide us with insight on the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on small businesses. The ACA (Federal healthcare reform) will have dramatic effects on small employer group health plans in California. Several major carriers including HealthNet and Blue Shield …

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  • November 7, 2013
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California has amended section 1182 of the Labor Code and raises California’s minimum wage in two $1 increments:  from the current $8 per hour to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and from $9 per hour to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016.

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  • October 25, 2013
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The California State passed two “friendly alien” laws in October.  The first amends the Vehicle Code relating to issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.   Previously, the DMV required an applicant for an original driver’s license or ID card to submit proof he or she was legally in the state.  The DMV is now required …

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  • October 22, 2013
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The California State Legislature has amended the Health and Safety Code relating to body art.   This new law signed by the Governor on October 4, 2013, provides minimum standards for tattoos and branding, including an informed consent document, requires a body art facility and requires any information to be maintained in compliance with HIPPA. Speaking …

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  • October 15, 2013
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