Mandated Predictability Jeopardizes Workplace Flexibility
Predictable scheduling has become a national issue for labor groups over the last several years. Labor has focused on five areas: 1) lack of adequate notice of work schedules—“just-in-time scheduling”; 2) “clopening,” which is working a closing shift and an opening shift back-to-back; 3) on-call shifts; 4) last-minute requests to work a shift or last-minute cancellation of shifts; and 5) guaranteed hours, or a lack thereof.

Proponents of predictable scheduling have stated that these issues have an impact on low-wage workers and part-time employees who try to work multiple jobs, as well as women who struggle with child care. Predictable Scheduling

California Protected Leaves of Absence
California has numerous labor and employment regulations that far exceed those mandated at the federal level. A clear example of this is California’s multiple protected leaves of absence available to employees. Although other states may have one or two similar leaves of absence, the California Chamber of Commerce is unaware of any other state that imposes the list of protected leaves of absence available in California. Protected Leaves of Absence

Wage Theft: Balanced Approach Keeps Focus on Wrongdoers, Not Employers Trying to Comply
One of the premier issues in the labor and employment arena is “wage theft.” Since her appointment in April 2011, Labor Commissioner Julie Su has highlighted wage theft as one of her primary targets and has actively focused the efforts of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) to crack down on wage theft throughout the state. Wage Theft

Marijuana: Legalizing Medical, Recreational Uses Has Implications for Workplace Drug Use Policies
In 1996, voters passed Proposition 215, making California the first state in the country to allow for the medical use of marijuana. Since then, 22 more states, and the District of Columbia have enacted similar laws. In 2012, Washington state passed a voter initiative to allow recreational use of marijuana by adults, followed by Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Workplace Safety

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