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When California Employers May Subtract from Earned Compensation Employers sometimes wish to make deductions from an employee’s wages for a variety of reasons.  Doing so without knowing what the law permits can be a mistake, as California has stringent laws on what deductions are allowed. As a general principle, employers may make deductions from wages […]

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BUSINESSES MUST COMPLY STARTING JANUARY 1, 2017 The City of Santa Monica (City) has enacted a city-wide paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinance (Ordinance No. 2515).  See, our blog “City of Santa Monica Increasing Minimum Wage Annually from 2016 to 2020” (May, 2016) Effective January 1, 2017, Ordinance No. 2515 requires all employers, no […]

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A Guideline for Proper Time Rounding Policies under California and Federal Law   Employees often clock in and out a few minutes early or late at beginning and end of day or for meal breaks. Is an employer required to calculate all those extra or short minutes in determining an employee’s wages? Fortunately, the answer […]

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San Diego Paid Sick Leave Requirements, Effective July 11 and September 2, 2016

Employers Must Cough Up at Least Five Days of Benefits As previously announced in Sick Pay Ordinance Epidemic Spreads to San Diego, New Measure Adds Yet More Uncertainty to Employer Obligations (June, 2016), San Diego voters recently enacted city-wide paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinance (Ordinance No. 20390).  See our blog Rising Minimum Wages, […]

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Navigating Piece Work Pay in California

••• Employers Urgently Must Revise Wage Systems in 2016, Including Possible Hourly-Plus-Piece Hybrid Plan The one constant feature of California employment law is change. There is perhaps no better recent example than this state’s “piece work” compensation rules. Starting January, 2016, employers must fundamentally re-structure such pay systems or face increasing risk of legal claims, […]

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Rising Minimum Wages, The California Trend Continues

San Diego Approves Its First Gradual Increase, Effective July 11, 2016 Effective July 11, 2016, San Diego became the next California city to set a minimum wage level above the state’s standard. Under San Diego’s Ordinance No. 20390, all employers, regardless of size or location, must pay at least $10.50 per hour to any employee […]

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Congressmember Seeks to Slow New Federal Overtime Exemption Rule The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule in May 2016, raising minimum salary amounts for exempt-from-overtime executive, administrative, professional, computer and outside sales employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). See “New Stricter Federal Requirements on Exemptions from Overtime, Employers Must Comply […]

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New Federal Workplace Poster Requirements For Minimum Wage and Polygraph Protections, Effective August 1, 2016 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage poster and the Employee Polygraph Protections Act (EPPA) poster. Starting August 1, 2016, U.S. employers must post these revised versions: 1. FLSA Minimum […]

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