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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND EMPLOYEES

Avoiding Misclassification of Hired Workers in California For possible cost savings and ease in administration, businesses are sometimes tempted to classify people working regularly as “independent contractors” instead of “employee.”  In California, as in other states, independent contractors are usually not entitled to most of the benefits that employer must provide employees, including minimum wage, […]

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IMMIGRATION LAW REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS

Federal law requires every employer hiring any individual in the United States to verify the prospect’s identity and employment authorization through completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. An employer must complete an I-9 form for every person hired,  even if there’s just one employee in the business.   It is improper for a company to […]

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MINIMUM WAGE AND EMPLOYEE TIPS

“Tip Credit” Law Not Valid in California The food industry is prone to violations of  some very unforgiving minimum wage and overtime compensation rules. For example, some restaurant owners and managers mistakenly presume they can pay employees less than the hourly minimum wage ($8.00/hour in California; $7.25 federal law) if workers can make up the […]

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EMPLOYEE MEAL PERIODS AND REST BREAKS

California’s Basic Requirements for Daily R&R California hourly workers are entitled to certain rest and meal breaks depending on how many hours they work in a given day.  The basic rules: employers must provide an unpaid off-duty meal period at least 30 minutes long for every 5 hours in a workday, and 10 minute paid […]

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WORKERS FREELY COMPETING WITH FORMER EMPLOYER

California Protections Found in Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) Many states recognize a business’s ability to negotiate and enter contracts restricting a departing employee from taking a job with a competitor – or opening a competing business – within reasonable geographic limits and for a limited, reasonable time following the termination date.  However, with very limited exceptions, […]

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WINNING THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Effect of California Anti-Trafficking Law on Business An estimated 12 million people are enslaved worldwide, 50,000 in the United States every year.  By far, more individuals are trafficked and made slaves today than at any time when the practice was “legal.” The State of California has responded with the recent passage of Senate Bill […]

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