September 2013

California Clarifies "Pregnancy Regulations"

California‘s Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) has had changes to regulations concerning pregnancy leave definitions approved.  Beginning December 30, 2012, the new regulations law will amend the definitions of key terms or concepts used in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) concerning pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.  The purpose of the amendments was to provide clarity for employers and employees alike, so that clear terms under FEHA will decrease litigation.


BLM Seeks Comment on Wilderness Plan

The Bureau of Land Management is currently seeking comments on its newly proposed fees and permitting requirements for the King Range National Conservation Area. The King Range wilderness includes approximately 68,000 acres in Humboldt County, including thirty-five miles of coastline known as The Lost Coast. Currently, there are no fees associated with individual’s overnight use of the King Range Wilderness and Backcountry Area.


Authorizing Release of Child's Medical Records

Parents are generally entitled to access the medical records of their child, but that right is not absolute. In California, where the medical care provided to the child was the type for which the child could have consented for treatment, medical care providers must have an authorization for the disclosure of medical records that is signed by the child.