California Employment Law Update – February 2017

California

DFEH Creates Sample Request for Reasonable Accommodation Package

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has created a sample Request for Reasonable Accommodation package to assist employers and employees in engaging in the interactive process. The DFEH notes that the law does not require the use of these or any other forms to make a request for a reasonable accommodation or to engage in an effective, good faith interactive process and that the use of these forms does not insulate a user from liability or create a presumption that discrimination did not occur. However, they may be a useful tool for both employers and employees.

Download the Sample Request for Reasonable Accommodation Package

San Jose Releases Required Opportunity to Work Poster

The City of San Jose has released the required Opportunity to Work Ordinance poster employers must display. Pursuant to the law, employers with 36 or more employees who are subject to the San Jose Business License Tax or maintain a facility in San Jose must offer additional work hours to existing qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees (including subcontractors or the use of temporary staffing services).

The law goes into effect on March 13, 2017. Employers must have the poster displayed by the effective date.

View the Poster

Employers No Longer Required to Provide Form DE 35

According to the 2017 California Employer’s Guide published by the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Form DE 35, Notice to Employees has been made obsolete. Employees are no longer required to provide the form to new employees.

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Santa Clara Releases 2017 Minimum Wage Ordinance Posters

The City of Santa Clara has released its 2017 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin Employer Posters. This includes the following posters:

  • Santa Clara Minimum Wage Official Notice
  • Santa Clara Workers: Know Your Rights
  • Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities

The posters are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Download the Posters