You Can’t Work Here Anymore! And Other 2020 California Laws Impacting Employment Law Settlements
As the California discrimination, harassment and other labor and employment laws continue to rapidly change and evolve, so too are the laws impacting the settlement of these same claims. The age-old provisions that once were considered boilerplate and standard in most employment law settlements are no more. This session presented by Angela Reddock-Wright at the PIHRA 2020 Legal Update will explore California’s new laws impacting employment law settlements, including California Assembly Bill 9 (AB 9) extending the statute of limitations on discrimination, harassment and labor law claims from one year to three years.
Additionally, Angela will cover Assembly Bill 749 (AB 749), which prohibits employers from requiring employees to agree to “no rehire” as a condition of settlement. This session also will revisit the laws that were passed in 2019 that impact employment law settlements, and will explore how these laws have been implemented over the last year along with practical considerations for continuing to implement these laws in 2020.
Angela will provide takeaways such as:
- An understanding of California’s new laws impacting the negotiation of employment law settlements.
- Practical considerations, tips and tools for implementing these new laws.
- Revisiting the 2019 laws impacting employment law settlements, including an overview of how those laws have been implemented in mediation and settlement negotiations over the last year, coupled with tips and tools for continuing to implement these laws in 2020 and beyond.
Angela’s PIHRA 2020 Legal Update session “You Can’t Work Here Anymore! And Other 2020 California Laws Impacting Employment Law Settlements” will be informative and entertaining. It’s a must-attend for California employers who need to know about these complex legislative topics. Above all, business owners and HR pros will gain the insight needed to navigate the trickiest new 2020 employment laws in California.
PIHRA Programs Chair Baskaran Ambalavanan had the chance interview the speaker Angela Reddock-Wright about her session. Read on to learn more about this tricky topic and what you can expect at the PIHRA 2020 Legal Update.
Speaker Spotlight: Angela Reddock-Wright, Reddock Law Firm
Special thanks to contributing writer and PIHRA Programs Chair, Baskaran Ambalavanan. Baskaran conducted this interview with PIHRA 2020 Legal Update presenter Angela Reddock-Wright.
PIHRA: Many new laws become effective 2020. In your view, which one will have an immediate impact with California employers?
Angela Reddock-Wright: I would look out for AB5, the Independent Contractor Law, AB9, the SHARE (Stop Harassment and Reporting Extension Act) AB51, Mandatory Arbitration Agreements, and AB749, the Ban on No-Rehire Provisions in Settlement Agreements.
AB 9 appears to be a game-changer for California employers. Do you agree?
Angela Reddock-Wright: For sure. This extends the statute of limitations for individuals to file an administrative (DFEH or EEOC) claim from 1 year to 3 years. This is likely to increase the number of claims that come forward because of the time extension.
As a result of AB 749, what CA employers can do to protect them from future claims with the re-hired employees?
Angela Reddock-Wright: Firstly, employers should immediately respond when an employee makes a complaint. Secondly, investigate and try resolving any complaints within a reasonable time after the complaint is made. Thirdly, be sure not to retaliate against any employees who complain. Finally, take steps to protect employees who complain.
What significant way the new CA laws impact the negotiations in the employment disputes?
Angela Reddock-Wright: The cost to settle cases may increase, particularly where an employee works for the company still. We are likely to see an increase in employment law cases filed.
Why are you excited to present at the PIHRA 2020 Legal Update?
Angela Reddock-Wright: I’m excited to present at the PIHRA 2020 Legal Update because human resource professionals are on the frontlines of implementing the new laws. So, having the opportunity to provide them updates on changes in the laws is exciting to me. Anything that empowers our frontline team is exciting to me!