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  • California Bans Employers and Educators from Discriminating on Hairstyles

    By Procopio Associate Amber Gardina-Quintanilla Employers and educators should be aware that on July 3, 2019, California became the first state to explicitly ban discrimination in employment and education based on natural Black hairstyles. Several steps may need to be taken before the new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (the “CROWN Act”) amends both the Education Code and the Government Code to prohibit rac...

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  • 3 Things to Consider When Offering an Employer-Sponsored Wellness Plan or Activity

    By Procopio Attorney Amber Gardina-Quintanilla Corporate wellness programs such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and fitness activities can be great ways to build employee morale, improve the overall fitness of employees, and cut costs associated with health problems that can be caused by inactivity. However, an employer that implements these programs poorly could face liability for a range of problems, from personal injury to privacy violations. Keeping three simple guidelines in mind ...

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