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OBESITY MAY QUALIFY AS A DISABILITY UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW

The California Court of Appeal recently ruled that obesity may qualify as a disability under the Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"). Cornell v. Berkeley Tennis Club, 2017 WL 6524707 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017). Ketryn Cornell was a severely obese woman who was fired from her job as a manager…

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NEW EMPLOYERS CAN NO LONGER INQUIRE ABOUT PAST COMPENSATION

Effective January 1, 2018, employers can no longer seek or take into consideration a job applicant's prior compensation and benefits when determining to hire the applicant, and in setting the applicant's compensation and benefits…

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EMPLOYER MUST COMPENSATE FOR TIME SPENT OPENING AND CLOSING STORES

The California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, recently issued a ruling which held that employees must be paid for time spent opening and closing stores. The decision comes from a lawsuit filed by a shift supervisor who worked at Starbucks…

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