California's Ban on Noncompete Agreements: What Employers Need to Know

Posted by Catherine Chukwueke | Sep 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 699 ("SB 699") on September 1, 2023, reinforcing California's ban on noncompete agreements. This law voids such agreements, regardless of where or when they were signed, prohibits employers from enforcing them, and empowers employees to take legal action against employers who violate these provisions, including recovering attorney's fees and costs. Compliance with SB 699 mandates that employers refrain from having employees enter into noncompetition agreements, aligning with California's commitment to preserving employee mobility and fostering economic growth.

The Contraceptive Equity Act of 2022

Posted by Catherine Chukwueke | Jan 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Contraceptive Equity Act of 2022 (SB 523) amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to include “reproductive health decision-making” to the list of classes protected from discrimination by employers. “Reproductive health decision-making” as defined “includes, but is not limited to, a decision to use or access a particular drug, device, product, or medical service for reproductive health.”

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted by Catherine Chukwueke | Dec 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

Sexual harassment is sex discrimination in the workplace. It occurs when an applicant or employee is harassed on the basis of their sex. This includes harassment that is sexual in nature as well as behavior that is offensive in regards to a particular sex in general. Under the Fair Employment Housing and Employment Act (“FEHA”), it is illegal for employers of 5 or more employees to sexually harass an employee, applicant, or unpaid intern.

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