Monthly Archives: May 2015

Multi-Agency Team Conducts Statewide Outreach and Enforcement

On May 21, 2015 the California Department of Insurance led a statewide multi-agency outreach effort, visiting more than 75 businesses to educate business owners about their obligations to comply with insurance, licensing, workplace safety, labor laws and tax codes. The … Continue reading

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ACA Reporting: Are you an Applicable Large Employer?

Some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or health care law, apply only to large employers, which are generally those with 50 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. These employers are considered applicable large employers – also known as … Continue reading

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San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases to $12.25

Voters in the city of San Francisco 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 $15.00 … Continue reading

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EDD Webinar: How to Define Employees and Independent Contractors

In celebration of Small Business Month 2015, GO-Biz’s Office of Small Business Advocate is hosting a free webinar on proper classification of employees and independent contractors. The webinar will help you understand the difference between a common law employee and an … Continue reading

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California Commissioner OKs 10.2% Drop in Workers’ Comp Advisory Rates

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on May 7, 2015 adopted and issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the advisory pure premium rate benchmark to $2.46 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, effective July 1, 2015. The approved pure … Continue reading

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Paid Sick Leave: What You Need to Know.

The July 1 deadline for employers to begin providing paid sick leave benefits under California’s new mandatory paid sick leave law (the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) is fast approaching. Employers need to familiarize themselves with the posting, … Continue reading

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Investigation finds federal labor law violations by San Mateo Co.

More than 100 social workers will share $1.7 million in overtime owed to them by the San Mateo County Human Services Agency. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found widespread violations in its review of the agency. … Continue reading

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FREE IRS Affordable Care Act Webinar May 18: Employer Shared Responsibility and Information Reporting

Don’t miss this FREE IRS webinar on the employer shared responsibility and the information reporting by employers and providers of minimum essential coverage (MEC). This presentation will enhance your awareness and understanding on how ACA affects employers and providers of … Continue reading

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OSHA Issues Final Rule: Protections for Construction Workers in Confined Spaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule on May 1, 2015 to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also difficult … Continue reading

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New California Family Rights Act Regulations Become Effective July 1

Amendments to the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) regulations, going into effect on July 1, 2015, are meant to clarify a number of uncertainties, align the CFRA regulations more closely with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations … Continue reading

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