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 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.

Episode 35: From Clowns to Pigs: Dealing with Unconventional Requests in the Workplace

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Accommodating an employee’s medical needs can be complicated—especially when support animals are involved. News outlets throughout the world have covered the array of accommodation requests made in the workplace, including emotional support dogs, peacocks and even pigs. But what does the law require? Would an emotional support clown qualify as an accommodation? In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw explain the three factors that employers should consider when an employee asks for a service or emotional support animal accommodation.

Episode 34: Measures Employers Should Incorporate to Mitigate Risks Under PAGA

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One of the most onerous labor laws employers in California contend with is the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The law, which some have nicknamed "the sue your boss law," allows employees to file lawsuits to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for labor code violations. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and wage and class action expert Michael Nader review the actions employers can take to mitigate PAGA liability risks

Episode 33: Offsite Workplace Events

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Off-site work events can help create a more collaborative workforce, but they also come with a range of liability risks. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw cover the benefits and drawbacks of hosting an off-site work event

Episode 32: Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

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What are the obligations when an employee steps forward with a sexual harassment complaint? In this episode of The Workplace, workplace investigations expert Lisa Buehler joins CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel  Erika Frank to talk about emerging issues and best practices when conducting a workplace sexual harassment investigation.

Episode 31: Trends in Employee Benefits

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CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employee benefits expert Vinny Catalano discuss trends in employee benefits that are low in cost to employers, but high in value to employees.

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