The Workplace: a Podcast by CalChamber

Expert and entertaining commentary on issues critical to California employers and employees: employment laws, legislative proposals, national/state politics. Commentary on the podcast should not be considered as legal advice.

Episode 45: Podcast Shares Questions Asked Most Often at Employment Law Updates Seminars

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In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Matthew Roberts and Bianca Saad recap the topics on which they received the most questions during their seminars: the CROWN Act, expansion of lactation accommodation law, wildfire regulations, and meal and rest breaks.

Episode 44: HR Experts Recap New State Lactation Accommodation Rules

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California's new lactation accommodation requirements, effective Jan. 1, 2020, impacts a broad spectrum of California employers. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Matthew Roberts and Bianca Saad discuss new lactation accommodation requirements, highlighting location specifications, a new policy requirement, rest and meal break premium pay penalties, private right of action, exceptions, and the undue hardship exemption.

Episode 43: What to Do When Your HR Recommendations Are Ignored, Dismissed

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Human resources professionals often have some of the most difficult conversations in the workplace. Whether they need to mediate workplace conflict or craft policies that comply with state and federal laws, the advice HR professionals provide can be an invaluable asset to businesses. Sometimes, however, HR professionals can be perceived as simply wanting to ruin workplace fun.

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss ways HR experts can combat dismissive attitudes from leadership and help the workplace comply with federal and state laws.

Episode 42: How Festive Is Too Festive? Tone from the Top Is Key to Avoiding Trouble

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and many companies are deciding to join in the festivities by hosting a holiday party. Although wine or an open bar might seem like a good way to celebrate, employers should be aware that they are on the hook for any mishaps. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, employment law expert Jennifer Shaw joins CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank to discuss what employers can do to avoid the problems that arise when employees drink too much at a company party.

Episode 41: Avoid Secret Santa and Gift Exchange Pitfalls at Work

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As the days inch closer to Christmas, some workplaces may be getting ready to launch a Secret Santa gift exchange. But don’t buy your presents just yet. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw get help from clips of “The Office” to discuss what types of gifts to avoid if your workplace decides to exchange gifts for the holidays.

Episode 40: Tips to Make Performance Reviews Beneficial to Both Employers and Employees

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Annual performance reviews can be helpful for both employers and employees if done right, or can be useless if done poorly. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss employee performance reviews and provide tips on how to draft constructive evaluations.

With the help of a clip of from the television series “The Office,” Frank and Shaw delve into what works for effective performance evaluations and what does not.

Episode 39: Prop. 65 Warnings for Acrylamide in Food Not Backed by Current Scientific Data, Suit Argues

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In this episode of The Workplace Podcast, CalChamber Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and consumer product attorney Trenton Norris discuss acrylamide and the CalChamber's efforts to stop Prop.65 overwarning about acrylamide in food.

Episode 38: What to Expect From New Independent Contractor Classification Law; Webinar, Free White Paper Available Now

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In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg, and CalChamber Executive Vice Presidents Erika Frank and Jennifer Barrera give an overview of what employers should know about AB 5, California's new independent contractor classification law.

Episode 37: CalChamber Employment Law Experts Review Questions on Minimum Wage Ordinances, Maternity Leave

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Last week, the CalChamber's employment law experts joined The Workplace podcast to share the most common questions they are asked concerning medical leaves of absence. Today, the experts are back to discuss other frequently asked questions. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts review questions on minimum wage ordinances and maternity leave.

Episode 36: CalChamber Employment Law Experts Discuss Most Common Questions Concerning Medical Leaves

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The employment law experts at the California Chamber of Commerce field more than 1,600 calls on workplaces issues a month. And that’s on top of the inquiries sent their way at human resources seminars and other events. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts discuss the most common HR questions they are asked concerning medical leaves of absence.

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