By Andrew H. Friedman
In sharp contrast to 2015, when California state and federal courts seemed to be issuing important decisions in labor and employment law cases on a near daily basis, 2016 saw significantly fewer decisions. However, the California Legislature enacted a slew of new employment laws that extend additional protections for employees. This article "cherry-picks" and briefly summarizes not only the most significant laws, cases and regulations from 2016 but also those that are most useful to the employment practitioner, whether defense, plaintiff or neutral.
California Legislative and Regulatory Update
Continuing their annual tradition, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Brown signed, numerous labor and employment bills that will affect the workplace in many significant ways. In addition, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued new regulations. Unless noted otherwise, the new legislation became effective January 1, 2017.