Monthly Archives: August 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake

Ingredients 1 box German Chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients needed to prepare (eggs, oil, water, see box for instructions) 1 cup chopped unsalted peanuts 1/2 cup butter 8 oz light cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 tsp vanilla … Continue reading

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Employers in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties directly affected by the earthquake may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD

Employers in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties directly affected by the earthquake may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This … Continue reading

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Disclosures with Respect to Preventative Care: DOL Notice Requirement post-Hobby Lobby

The Department of Labor issued FAQ Part XX on July 17, 2014 that addresses the notice requirements for employers who cease providing contraceptive services. The FAQ has a single question and is reprinted below in its entirety: Q: My closely … Continue reading

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New Guidance From the EEOC on Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published several documents on July 14, 2014 related to pregnancy discrimination, including a new “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues,” a question and answer document about the guidance and a “Fact … Continue reading

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Overtime Legislation Proposed

Legislation has been introduced to comply with the Obama Administration’s Executive Order that the Department of Labor “modernize and streamline” the Agency’s “white collar” overtime exemption regulations governing the scope of executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer exemptions under … Continue reading

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Governor Signs Bill to Help Victims of Underground Economy​

Legislation supported by the California Chamber of Commerce to assist victims of the underground economy was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on July 21, 2014. AB 1746 (Alejo; D-Salinas) expedites hearings for injured employees of employers that are illegally operating without workers’ … Continue reading

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Peach Pie

Recipe by Julie Smith, Marketing Manager It is peach season in Napa Valley and my mom’s tree is just loaded. I have been busy canning, making jam, pies and pie filling for cobbler. The peaches are plentiful but a little … Continue reading

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IRS Reiterates Prohibition of and Penalty for Pre-Tax Employer Reimbursement for Health Premiums

Recently, the IRS issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list that reiterates earlier guidance disallowing pre-tax employer reimbursements for employee health care premiums. The FAQ also calls attention to the $100 per day, per employee penalty for non-compliance (Title 26 … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order extending workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans in the federal contracting workforce. “Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause,” the … Continue reading

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New Rates for “Affordable Coverage” for 2015

Under the terms of the ACA, large employers are required to provide affordable coverage beginning in 2015 or potentially face penalties.  For 2014, the definition of affordability was set at 9.5% of the employee’s income.  Within the definition of affordability, … Continue reading

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