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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – IRS Mileage Rate Increasing 3.5 Cents Effective January 1, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced its 2019 optional standard mileage reimbursement rate for employee business use of a personal vehicle, effective January 1, 2019, increasing from 54.5 cents to 58 cents. The IRS calculates the rate annually based on a study of fixed and variable automotive operating costs, including insurance, repairs, maintenance, gas […]

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – COMPUTER SOFTWARE PROFESSIONALS

New 2019 Overtime Exemption Rates California Labor Code section 515.5 exempts certain computer software professionals from overtime compensation if they receive specified minimum compensation. California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has announced its rate increase for this minimum, effective January 1, 2019, to $45.41, up from $43.58.  Alternatively, an otherwise qualified employee paid by salary […]

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FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN 2019 – VITAL INFORMATION NEEDED BY ALL CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS

Attend our Annual Employment Law Seminar In a one-day session offered in mid-January and again in February, employment law specialist Tim Bowles will cover the structure and span of current workplace law from a management perspective, including the significant changes for 2019 in California. The seminar is a must for all business owners, executives and […]

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – JUGGLING DAILY WORK TIMES

Local Minimum Wage Rates Can Affect Split Shift Calculations Some employers, particularly in the restaurant industry, schedule their employees to work a “split shift,” i.e., two distinct work periods in the same workday separated by more than a one-hour meal break. For example: a waiter who works the 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. breakfast/lunch shift […]

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – California Minimum Wage Rates for 2019

California minimum wage will increase to $12.00 per hour on January 1, 2019 for employers with 26 or more employees and $11.00 for smaller employers with 25 employees or less. Those rates will continue to increase annually until reaching $15 per hour in 2022 for larger employers and in 2023 for those with 25 or […]

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – ENCOURAGING GOOD BEHAVIOR

California Expands Sexual Harassment and Violence Legal Protections A claim for sexual harassment exists under section 51.9 of the Civil Code against someone who is in a “business, service or professional relationship” with the harassment victim. This section enumerates various professions subject to such a claim including attorneys, persons with a master’s degree in social […]

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Ensuring Workplace Balance – Annual Seminars for Employers

Covering Employment Legal Essentials New Workplace Laws for 2019   2019 brings yet more significant changes in California workplace laws. Over a day-long session, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will present his annual review of the workplace legal basics, with emphasis on the reach of these new requirements. Our updated model employee handbook […]

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2019 – #METOO AND THE WORKPLACE

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Now Required for Nearly All California Businesses and Each Employee   The #MeToo movement has spurred the California Legislature to significantly expand mandatory sexual harassment prevention training to all employers with five or more on payroll, including seasonal and temporary workers. Companies now must train supervisors and subordinate workers alike. Previously, […]

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – California’s Clarification on Employee Access to their Payroll Records

COPY THAT California employers must provide employees with accurate, itemized written wage statements semi-(twice)-monthly or at the time or each payment of wages. Those statements must contain exact, detailed pay-related information, such as the employee’s identity, hours worked, and gross and net wages earned. Labor Code 226(a). See, Ignore at Your Own Peril (February, 2018). […]

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