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Law and CE News - New California Hiring Laws

By Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP On October 12, 2017, Governor Brown amended Labor Code section 432.3 to prevent questions about an applicant’s salary history. The ostensible purpose is to prevent the perpetuation of discrimination based on race or gender in pay and to push employers to offer salaries based on market value.   The new law therefore prohibits all Californian employers, including state and local governments, from seeking information about an applicant’s prior salary, compensation, or benefits. This means employers cannot ask for an applicant’s prior salary or use information about an applicant’s such salary in the hiring process. While the law does not prohibit an applicant from voluntarily disclosing salary history or related information, the employer may not consider or rely on that voluntary disclosure in determining salary or whether to make an offer.   

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Secretary's Column - Big Shoes to Fill

By Clint Isa, PE Knowledge transfer is the essence of sustaining and advancing the engineering profession.  As a profession, earlier generations of civil engineers are entering the twilights of their careers, careers that began on one side of the technological revolution and are ending on the other.  They carry with them not just a wealth of advanced technical knowledge, but a way of thinking about problems that likely differs from those of us whose careers have been largely supported by sophisticated computer programs.  I think that, oftentimes, younger engineers (myself included) are eager to solve complex problems with complex solutions because the technology affords us the ability to do so.  What gets lost, and what earlier generations of engineers have, is the perspective of how to provide simple, yet elegant, solutions to complicated problems.

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Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit: Transforming California

By Juliet Su, P.E. This year, more than 1,200 transportation, business and elected leaders convened at the Disneyland Hotel for the 16th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit. Under the expert direction of Jenny Larios, Mobility 21’s Executive Director, and Kristin Slocum, Mobility 21’s Director of Operations and Communications, and with the assistance of over 60 volunteers (including ASCE volunteers) helping to plan, setup, and orchestrate the event, Mobility 21 put on another spectacular event.

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ASCE OC YMF - Understanding the Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering November

By Chuck Karunathilake and Melissa Hilsabeck OC YMF was proud to host the panel ‘Understanding the Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering’ on Tuesday, September 26th. This informative event brought 5 speakers and 35+ attendees together to bring awareness to the legal side of civil engineering. The speakers included Evan Grant (AECOM), Creighton Sebra (Clark Hill PLC), Todd Graham (KPFF), Azzam Saad (OC 405 Partners), and Stavros Chrysovergis (SPC Geotechnical).

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