7 Takeaways from the EEOC’s Guidance On Mental Health Conditions

By | California Employment Law | February 25, 2017
A December 2016 publication from the EEOC titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights” doesn’t exactly break new ground. It does, however, highlight issues that arise repeatedly in disability discrimination cases and, therefore, bear repeating. Here are the key takeaways: The definition of what constitutes a disability is broader than many realize.  View Full Post
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Allegations Made from Uber Employee Reminds CA Employers About Their Obligations to Conduct Effective Investigations into Harassment Claims

A former employee at Uber has made news this week in claiming that she was subjected to sexual question markharassment while working at Uber, and her complaints were not satisfactorily resolved.  I don’t want to get into the judgment of who was possibly right or wrong in this case, but use it as a good opportunity for employers to review the basics of their obligations to investigate when an employee complains.  View Full Post
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Future of California’s Marijuana Laws Appears Hazy

By | California Employment Law | February 24, 2017
What do you get when you cross blue state liberal marijuana laws with red state conservatism? A purple haze. Copyright: chris2766 / 123RF Stock Photo Copyright: chris2766 / 123RF Stock Photo California voters approved recreational use of marijuana for adults in the November 2016 election. But federal law still characterizes marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic. View Full Post
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San Jose Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance

San Jose is the third northern California city to enact a scheduling ordinance that further regulates employers’ scheduling and hiring practices.  Following on San Francisco and Emeryville’s lead, San Jose recently passed “The Opportunity to Work Ordinance” (Ordinance No. 2016.1, codified at Chapter 4.101 of the San Jose Municipal Code), which went into effect on February 6, 2017. View Full Post
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What Impact Does a Pro Tem Justice Have On the Court’s Voting Patterns in Criminal Cases?

13408590515_88a6cdb87d This week, we’ve been taking a look at the voting patterns of pro tem Justices on the California Supreme Court since 2000. Yesterday, we showed that pro tem Justices have tended in civil cases to vote most similarly to what most would call the liberal wing of the Court –Justices Moreno and Liu. View Full Post
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Urgent: Trump Administration Statements About Recreational Marijuana May Affect Local Ordinances and Enforcement

By | California Municipal Law Blog | February 23, 2017
Urgent:  Trump Administration Statements About Recreational Marijuana May Affect Local Ordinances and Enforcement The Trump Administration has indicated it intends to crack down on states that allow recreational marijuana.  As reported in the Sacramento Bee on February 23, 2017, Trump Administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer has threatened “greater enforcement” of federal law on this subject.  It’s not yet clear what, when, or how such enforcement will occur.  View Full Post
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Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

By | California Environmental Law | February 23, 2017
February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.  The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout the current two-year session and will provide periodic updates as to the status of those bills.  View Full Post
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Actors’ Ages to Remain Available Online (at Least for Now)

A federal court has granted IMDb’s request for a preliminary injunction to allow the entertainment website to keep actors’ ages in their online profiles – despite the enactment of a statute in California prohibiting same. The lawsuit, IMDb.com, Inc. v. Becerra (Case No. 16-cv-06535-VC) was filed in response to the passage of A.B.  View Full Post
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Political Discussions in the Workplace

Political Discussions in the Workplace White-HouseEven though the 2016 Presidential election is almost four months in the rear view mirror, controversy continues, with the news each day describing what looks like a three ring circus in Washington D.C.  Pundits have opined that our country is polarized by politics as never before: cities vs. View Full Post
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What Impact Does a Pro Tem Justice Have On the Court’s Voting Patterns in Civil Cases?

What Impact Does a Pro Tem Justice Have On the Court’s Voting Patterns in Civil Cases? 11951339355_c4331524d0 Last week, we analyzed whether the California Supreme Court’s pro tem Justices have been more or less likely to vote with the majority than permanent members of the Court since 2000. This week, we’re looking at a related issue. What impact does the presence of a pro tem Justice on the Court for a particular case have for the ideological spread of the Court? View Full Post
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