Monthly Archives: December 2014

Opinion analysis: No overtime pay for after-work security check

Workers who are required to stay after their normal hours on the job to undergo a security screening are not entitled to overtime pay while they wait for that process and then go through it, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on … Continue reading

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule on December 3 prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal contracting workforce. The rule implements Executive Order 13672, which was signed by President … Continue reading

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Wage Violations Study Equals Increased Enforcement

A new report commissioned by the Department of Labor (DOL) shows that many workers are earning a de facto minimum wage below the legal floor, and that enforcement of wage regulations has a broad positive impact. Using U.S. Census Bureau and … Continue reading

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San Francisco Enacts So-Called “Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights”

San Francisco has enacted an ordinance designed to require large retail chains to provide more predictability to their workers.  The ordinance, entitled the “Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance,” will become operative on July 5, 2015.  … Continue reading

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2015 ACA Compliance Check

The January 1, 2015 compliance deadline for large employers under the ACA is here, many compliance items continue to puzzle employers and professionals alike. Here are a few of the most common: If you are between 50 and 99 FTEs, you might … Continue reading

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IRS Announces 2015 Standard Mileage Rates; Business Rate Increases

On December 10, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage … Continue reading

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New CA Law Requires Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Farm Labor Contractors

An amendment to the California Farm Labor Contractor Act requires that farm labor contractors participate in at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training each year. In addition, the amendment requires that an applicant for licensure as a farm … Continue reading

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Warm Brown Sugar, Spiced Pineapple, Banana and Sausage Salad

2 packages (12 ounce) uncooked or frozen sausage links (turkey, beef, or pork) 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 medium bananas, sliced Cut each sausage link into bite size pieces. In a large … Continue reading

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New OSHA Reporting Requirements

As of January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require employers to report: All work-related fatalities within 8 hours. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours. In the past, employers … Continue reading

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2014 FUTA Credit Reduction, 1.2% in California

California FUTA credit reduction For the year 2014 California has a FUTA surcharge of 1.2% in addition to the regular FUTA tax. This surcharge applies to the first $7000 in wages you paid to each employee in 2014. Therefore the FUTA surcharge results … Continue reading

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