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The Fair Chance Act: Applicants with Criminal Convictions

by on February 29, 2024

posted in Administrative Regulations, Employment Law, Uncategorised,

The Fair Chance Act is a California Law enacted in 2017 (and took effect on January 1, 2018) that is part of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (Government Code 12952 et. seq.) prohibiting employers with five or more employees from asking applicants about criminal convictions before making job offers to them.  In some places these laws are referred to as “Ban The Box” laws. What exactly does this Act prohibit? 1. Employers cannot list questions on job application forms asking about criminal conviction history before a conditional job offer is made. 2. Employers cannot ask about ... Continue Reading


State Water Board Releases Draft Regulation to Implement Governor’s Executive Order Concerning Water Conservation

by on April 24, 2015

posted in Administrative Regulations, Water,

On April 1, 2015, in response to the worsening drought conditions in California, the Governor declared a State of Emergency and issued Executive Order B-29-15 (“Order”). The drought is considered the worst in California’s history and the State will be required to recover 11 trillion gallons of water to overcome the severity of this crisis.  The Governor’s Order is extensive, requiring water use reductions from businesses, water suppliers, and everyday citizens. On April 21, 2015, the State Water Resource Board (“Water Board”) released its draft regulations to implement the Governor’s ... Continue Reading

tags: Drought, Executive Order, Regulations, State Water Resources Control Board, Water Conservation,

FPPC Amends Regulation Governing Conflicts of Interest for Public Official Businesses

by on February 23, 2015

posted in Administrative Regulations, Ethics,

The Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has recently adopted a new regulation governing when public officials have conflicts of interests in businesses they own or for which they are investors. The amended regulation, which became effect in January 2015, is part of a broader FPPC program to streamline and simplify the regulations that implement the Political Reform Act of 1974, California’s principal law governing the ethics of public officials. The recent amendment concerning business-based conflicts follows changes the FPPC made in 2014 to the regulation governing conflicts for ... Continue Reading

tags: Business Interests, conflicts of interest, Regulations,