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GIVE ME A BREAK!

Time Off for Fire Fighting, Crime Victims, Drug Rehab, School Visits, and More Most California employers are aware that state and federal law allows eligible employees to take time off for family and medical leave, parental leave, pregnancy disability leave, paid sick leave, and jury duty. California employers may not be as familiar with other […]

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CAUTIONARY TALES EPISODE 10

$10 Million in Citations Against Seven Restaurants For Wage Violations On June 7, 2018, the California Labor Commissioner announced citations totaling $10 million against seven San Francisco bay area restaurants that failed to pay proper wages to a total of 431 workers. Citations against Kome Japanese Seafood & Buffet in Daly City exceeded $5.16 million […]

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MID-YEAR CHANGES

Many New Minimum Wage Rate Increases Effective July 1, 2018 California minimum wage currently is $11.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 for employers that employ 25 or fewer. Annual increases will continue each January 1 until they reach $15.00 per hour in 2022 for larger employers and in 2023 […]

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NO TAKE BACKS

Employers’ Hands are Tied When Recouping Overpayments or Collecting on Loans The payroll department discovers it accidentally overpaid an employee by $500. May it simply deduct that extra amount from the employee’s next pay check? After all, it’s the employer’s money and the employee never earned it. Surprisingly, the answer is no, according to the […]

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“EPIC” RULING FOR EMPLOYERS

Class Action Waivers Upheld in Employment Arbitration Agreements In a rare victory for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that companies may require workers, as a condition of employment, to sign arbitration agreements that waive the right to participate in workplace-related class action claims. Epic System Corp. v. Lewis. An arbitration agreement is a […]

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NATIONAL ORIGIN DISCRIMINATION CLARIFIED

New California Regulations Take Effect July 1, 2018 California law prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants for their membership in any protected class, including national origin. The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC), which enacts regulations to protect employees and job candidates from unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, recently issued greater national origin protections. Effective […]

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GAME CHANGER

Independent Contractor Status in California Now Falls Under Radically Different Rules The California Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision drastically redefining who can be classified an independent contractor.  Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court.  The new criteria potentially expose tens of thousands of businesses who have relied on the old rules to legal […]

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WHEN A DOOR SHUTS …. MAKE SURE IT’S FULLY CLOSED

Figuring Out the Final Paycheck When a worker’s employment ends, what should be included in a final paycheck is determined by California’s laws, the employer’s specific policies in place during the employment period, and the circumstances of the employment ending. When an employer terminates a worker without advance notice, all wages and earned but unused […]

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