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CAUTIONARY TALES EPISODE 24 – MANGO GARDENS’ ACTIONS NOT FRUITFUL

Unpaid Wages and Attempt to Evade Consequences Result in Seizure of Owners’ Assets   Continuing to target restaurants and other industries under its Wage Theft Is a Crime program, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has taken action against the Mango Gardens restaurant chain. In 2015 following a referral from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian…

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FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN 2019 – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Master Employment Law Seminar for Managers: Session Upcoming Friday, January 18, 2019 2019 brings yet more significant changes in California workplace laws. Over a day-long session in mid-January and again in February, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will cover the structure and span of current workplace law from a management perspective, including the…

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What’s New for 2019 – CALIFORNIA’S INCREASED PROTECTIONS AGAINST HARASSMENT

The Expanding Meaning of “Zero Tolerance” The #MeToo movement has prompted the California Legislature to expand employer liability for harassment of employees and other specified persons effective January 1, 2019, making it far easier for workers to sue and bring their cases to trial. Release and Waiver Agreements Prohibited: Except for certain negotiated settlement agreements…

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 – PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS NEW 2019 OVERTIME EXEMPTION RATES

California Labor Code section 515.6 exempts certain licensed physicians and surgeons from overtime compensation if they receive set minimum hourly compensation. Effective January 1, 2019, the California Department of Industrial Relations is increasing the minimum from $79.39 to $82.72 per hour, up from $79.39, effective January 1, 2019. To avoid California’s requirements to pay overtime premium…

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FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN 2019 – A LIGHT THROUGH THE ROCKS AND SHOALS

Annual Seminar for Employers Covering Employment Legal Essentials and New Workplace Laws for 2019 2019 brings yet more significant changes in California workplace laws. Over a day-long session in mid-January and again in February, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will cover the structure and span of current workplace law from a management perspective,…

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CAUTIONARY TALES EPISODE 23 – Take Safety Seriously!

Construction Accidents Kill Two with Resulting Large Fines against the Employers Two recent Cal/OSHA cases underscore the need for effective safety measures, especially in hazardous conditions. Cal/OSHA cited two employers after an employee of each died as the result of a trench collapse. In April 2018, Bay Construction Co. was installing underground pump equipment at…

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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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