Monthly Archives: November 2014

The USCIS Releases the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes … Continue reading

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CA Labor Commissioner Obtains $4 Million in Back Pay for San Francisco Restaurant Workers

San Francisco, November 19, 2014— California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has assisted in brokering a $4 million settlement on behalf of 280 workers at Michelin-rated dim sum restaurant Yank Sing in San Francisco. The money represents back pay for … Continue reading

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San Francisco Votes to Raise the Minimum Wage

Voters in the city of San Francisco have just passed a ballot measure increasing the minimum wage. San Francisco already has a higher minimum wage than the state minimum wage. However, voters increased the wage to an even higher rate of … Continue reading

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New Required 2015 Postings for California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

The California Labor Commissioner recently issued the Paid Sick Leave poster template and Wage Notice for employers to use as of January 1, 2015 in compliance with California’s new paid sick leave law, AB 1522. Employers do not need to … Continue reading

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Oakland, California, Passes Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, Hospitality Service Charges Measure

A City of Oakland ballot measure increasing the minimum wage for most employees, requiring paid sick leave and mandating payment of employer-levied service charges to employees has passed with over 80 percent of the vote. Measure FF’s provisions raising the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mint Candy Recipe

Ingredients: 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, divided 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 6 ounces white candy coating “candy melts”, coarsely chopped  (or white chocolate chips) 2 to 3 teaspoons peppermint extract … Continue reading

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CA Appellate Court Holds that Federal Law Does Not Preempt CA’s Meal and Rest Break Requirements for Truck Drivers

On October 28, 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (“FAAAA”) does not preempt California’s meal and rest break requirements as applied to motor carriers.  [Godfrey v. Oakland Port Services Corp. … Continue reading

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IRS Information for Employers about Their Responsibilities Under the Affordable Care Act

If you are an employer, the number of employees in your business will affect what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time-equivalent employees are generally considered to be “applicable … Continue reading

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Do you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?

The basic test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee is whether the principal has the right to direct and control the manner and means by which the work is performed. When the principal has … Continue reading

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Can Employers Pay for Employees in Exchanges? No.

On November 6, the DOL issued FAQ Part 22, which directly addresses some recent efforts by employers to reimburse employees for participation in the exchange through Code Section 105, or through some type of other arrangement.  Here are the questions, … Continue reading

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