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California Compliance: Eight 'Hot Spots'

Magazine article HRMagazine

California Compliance: Eight 'Hot Spots'

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HR professionals know well that California workplace law is unique. Attorney Joseph Beachboard of Ogletree Deakins' Los Angeles office shared eight "compliance hot spots" in the state at the SHRM 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. The Golden State has:

Different standards for disability. Under federal law, a medical condition must "substantially limit" a major life activity. Under state law, however, the standard is only that it must "limit" such an activity, allowing almost any medical condition to qualify.

A deferential standard in arbitration decisions. A number of state court cases have come down in favor of the use of arbitration agreements.

Unique reimbursement of business expenses. While employers in all states reimburse employees for business expenses, in California an employer may be liable for the cost of an employee's personal mobile phone when it is used for work functions. …

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