Tag Archives: California

California S.B. 292: Sex-Based Harassment Claims No Longer Require Sexual Desire Element

by Daniel Clark In response to Kelley v. Conco Companies, in which the California Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of a same-sex sexual harassment claim for lack of proof that the harassment was “an expression of actual sexual desire or intent,” the state legislature approved and Governor Brown signed S.B. 292, which will revise […]

AFL-CIO: California’s Prop. 32: Clone of Past Anti-Worker Measures

Maybe this election year will finally put a stake through the heart of efforts by corporations and extremist right-wing millionaires to silence the voice of California’s working families in the political arena. This year, it’s called Prop. 32 and it’s a near-clone of 2005’s Prop. 75 and 1998’s Prop. 226, which voters defeated by 53% to 47%. Both times, huge mobilizations by […]

California vetoes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

During an eleventh hour vote, California governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation which would have protected approximately 200,000 domestic workers in California by providing for overtime, the right to breaks for adequate sleep, greater access to worker’s compensation, the right to prepare one’s own meals by having access to an employer’s kitchen, the right to obtain […]

California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Passes CA State Assembly

California is attempting to follow in the footsteps of states such as New York and guarantee Domestic Workers basic labor protections, including overtime pay, meal and rest breaks and adequate sleeping conditions for live-in workers.   A.B. 889, 2011-2012 Cal. St. Assemb. Reg. Sess. (Ca. 2012). In 2011 the New York Legislature passed a Domestic Workers […]

Do “Already Employed” Job Ads Hurt the Economy?

Ironically, as the economy continues its recovery, the long-term unemployed are further alienated from the improving job market. Even in a political landscape where the creation of jobs has taken center stage and the health of the economy is largely dependent upon a low unemployment rate, many of the jobs created during the economic recovery […]