May 21, 2015

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Time for Spring Cleaning: Amended CFRA Regulations Effective July 1, 2015

​​Anytime a California agency updates or revises regulations that govern employee rights, employers take notice. That is especially true when it’s the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which covers many of the leaves of absence that employees take in California.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Asymmetry in Cost Awards for FEHA Cases

In California, the winning party to a lawsuit is typically entitled to recover certain litigation costs from the losing party. However, the California Supreme Court has just held that this standard applies much more generously to plaintiffs than it does to employer/defendants: a winning plaintiff will generally be entitled to an award of fees and costs, whereas a winning defendant will only get a similar award upon proving that the plaintiff’s case was groundless (Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire District, ___ Cal.4th ___ (2015)).​

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