When we reported last year about the ouster of recently deceased Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, we noted that Ailes’ repeated pattern of “couch casting” didn’t occur in a vacuum; rather, it sent a message throughout the organization that sexually harassing behavior was condoned at the highest level. We noted that it would take more to clean Fox’s house, and I doubted that would happen.
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California HR in 5
California HR in 5

Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Easiest Thing to Teach and the Hardest Thing to Accomplish

Topic: California HR

by Mark I. Schickman, Freeland Cooper & Foreman, LLP

When we reported last year about the ouster of recently deceased Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, we noted that Ailes’ repeated pattern of “couch casting” didn’t occur in a vacuum; rather, it sent a message throughout the organization that sexually harassing behavior was condoned at the highest level. We noted that it would take more to clean Fox’s house, and I doubted that would happen.

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DFEH Issues Important Guidance On Investigating Harassment Complaints

Topic: California HR

by Jeff Sloan and Elina Tilman, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP

On May 2, 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) released its Workplace Harassment Guide, which advises employers how to develop an effective antiharassment program, respond to and investigate claims of harassment, and take appropriate remedial actions. The guide, found here, follows up on regulations the Fair Employment and Housing Council enacted in 2016.

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Were Employees Denied Days of Rest Required under California Law?

Topic: California HR

by Michelle Lee Flores, Esq.

Yay! A day of rest—as if! But that’s essentially how the California Supreme Court answered questions posed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington).

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Does Employee’s Drug-Induced Mentally Altered State Nullify Voluntary Resignation?

Topic: California HR

by Anjuli Cargain, Sedgwick LLP

A former employee sued her employer under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for violations of public policy after her request to rescind her resignation—made while her mental state was altered—was declined.

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California Bill Would Eliminate Impact Assessments for Cal/OSHA Standards

Topic: California HR

A Senate Bill that would eliminate the need for new or revised Cal/OSHA standards to undergo in-depth economic assessment is one step closer to passage. Eight other occupational safety and health-related bills currently in the legislature could also affect California businesses if they are passed.

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