Tag Archives: California

Federal court rulings send clear message to employers who misclassify workers as ‘independent contractors’

Two recent and very significant legal victories for California workers send a strong message to employers nationwide: if you misclassify your employees, you will face the consequences. Misclassification is a practice used by some employers to cut costs by declaring … Continue reading

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Changes to CA Paid Sick Leave Law Passes State Assembly

With a week to go before the paid sick leave law passed last year takes effect on July 1, urgency legislation is pending in the Legislature to adjust how the law is implemented. AB 304 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), if passed and … Continue reading

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Penalties for Late Payment of Final Wages Under California Law Are Not Wages

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has released a memorandum advising that late payment penalties an employer is required to make under California law to terminated or quitting employees are not wages for FICA, FUTA, and federal income tax withholding … Continue reading

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Emeryville Adopts Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

On June 2, 2015 the City Council of the City of Emeryville passed its Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. According to information received from the city’s Economic Development and Housing Division Community Development Department, the new wage and … Continue reading

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New Federal Guidance on Form I-9 and AB 60 Driver’s Licenses

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on May 19 posted on its website guidance for employers of employees who present a driver’s license issued by a state to persons who cannot submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States. … Continue reading

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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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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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Fair Scheduling Act of 2015 passes Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee has passed a bill imposing a one-size-fits-all scheduling mandate on general retail employers. AB 357 (Chiu; D-San Francisco) would increase the cost of doing business for a broadly defined “food and general retail establishment” with over … Continue reading

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