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Mileage Reimbursements for 2013

IRS Increases Rate by One Cent to 56.5 The IRS updates annually the reimbursement mileage rate for an employee’s business use of his or her vehicle.  The rate has increased from 55.5 cents in 2012 to 56.5 cents per mile in 2013. The government determines the mileage rate by a study of the fixed and […]

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New CA Labor Laws 2013: Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations

Starting December 30, 2012, California employers are responsible for implementing new regulations on the state’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) law. Among the significant changes are: –       Definition of “Four Months” Entitlement – PDL is part of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) , requiring employers with five or more employees to provide up to […]

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New CA Labor Laws 2013: Tighter Rules on Personnel Records

Beginning January 1, 2013, amendments to California Labor Code 1198.5 significantly increased employer obligations and a worker’s rights to access and obtain copies of his or her personnel records. While the statute continues to confirm that every employee “has the right to inspect the personnel records that the employer maintains relating to the employee’s performance […]

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New CA Labor Laws 2013: Social Media Privacy for Employees and Job Applicants

California Labor Code 980, effective January 1, 2013, prohibits employer access to its workers’ personal social media. The new law defines “social media” as “an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet […]

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Seminar on Top Pitfalls of New 2013 Employment Laws

  Saturday, February 9, 2013 9:00am – 4:00pm Pasadena Senior Center 85 E Holly Street, Pasadena, CA  91103   Over an intensive day-long session, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will help get you up-to-speed on the significant 2013 changes in California employment laws.  These include key developments on how employers must specifically structure […]

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New 2013 Labor Laws: Posted Notice and Pamphlet Requirements

2013 brings more changes on the notices that must be posted and the pamphlets that must be distributed in California workplaces.  These include: –       Pregnancy Leave and Family Leave Notices:  Any California employer with five or more persons on payroll is subject to the pregnancy disability leave  (PDL) law .    Any California employer with 50 […]

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New Labor Laws for 2013: California Alters the Meaning of Written Salary Agreements for Hourly Employees

The California Legislature has made an important change, effective January 1, 2013, eliminating some of the ability of businesses to negotiate wage arrangements with hourly workers. In February, 2011, we summarized the Court of Appeal decision in Arechiga v. Dolores 192 California Appellate Reports, 4th Series (Cal.App.4th) 567 (2011).  See, “Written Salary Agreements and Overtime.”  […]

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