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Joseph L. Beachboard (Editor)

California Employment Law

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Joseph L. Beachboard is a nationally recognized expert on employment law issues who speaks regularly at SHRM and other HR events. He also is a regular contributor to several national and California publications. In 2000, Mr. Beachboard sold The Labor Letters, Inc., a publisher of monthly employment law journals that he founded to advise human resource professionals. He is a founding member and executive director of the Management Employment Law Roundtable, a national, invitation only, organization of management labor and employment lawyers.

Employees have more time to file FEHA bias charges

Employees who want to file discrimination, harassment or retaliation charges against their employers under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act now have more time to do so.

Prepare to offer more leave for California organ donors

Effective on Jan. 1, 2020, employees in organizations with 15 or more employees in California may now take additional leave to donate organs.

EEOC negotiates installment plan settlement

If you think you can escape the EEOC’s wrath because you’re a small employer in a low-margin business, think again. Just because you can’t afford even a modest settlement doesn’t mean the EEOC won’t pursue litigation against you.

Health care models best practices for nursing working mothers

How the health care industry handles women returning to work after giving birth can serve as best practices for all employees. Because health care employs women extensively, particularly those of childbearing age, it can serve as a natural laboratory in what works and what doesn’t for others.

Court refused to extend filing deadline

Courts often give leeway to employees who try to represent themselves. However, except in unusual circumstances, that rarely extends to providing additional time to sue.

Keep careful notes about every job interview

Always document what applicants tell you during job interviews. If you reject the candidate and she later claims she revealed protected information during the hiring process, you will have records to counter her claims.

When employee acts as his own lawyer, court may bend over backwards to help

Employees who try to represent themselves in court often struggle. They may miss deadlines or simply not understand what claims they may have. Don’t let this lull you into false confidence that the case will be dismissed.

Details matter in arbitration, and flaws can render an agreement unconscionable

Make sure your arbitration agreement is carefully drafted and presented. Confusing language or fine print can doom the agreement.

Precisely document justification for policies

Here’s an important reminder when creating or modifying employment policies: Treat every memo as if it will end up as evidence in a lawsuit.

Cal/OSHA now requires more and faster injury reporting

Recent changes to the Labor Code now require more workplace injuries to be reported to Cal/OSHA, and require serious injuries to be reported within eight hours. The changes went into effect Jan. 1, 2020.