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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES FINAL OVERTIME RULE

On September 24, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule updating the earnings threshold necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses (and commissions) towards meeting the salary level. The final rule, provides:… Continue Reading


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REMINDER – STATE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE JAN. 1, 2020

As in the prior several years, the California minimum wage shall increase effective January 1, 2020. Increase Is Dependent on Number of Employees The amount of the increase is dependent on the number of employees. However, determining the number of employees is not always easy as it can fluctuate from time to time. It can… Continue Reading


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CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS MUST PREPARE FOR NEW LAWS

At the end of this year’s legislative session 870 bills were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, many of which will have significant impact upon California employers including the widely publicized law regarding independent contractor classifications. Below is a brief summary of some of the more significant new laws, which will become effective Jan.… Continue Reading


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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS…What Now?

As we reported previously, the California Supreme Court, on April 30, 2018, ruled in the Dynamex v. Superior Court case that to properly classify a worker as an independent contractor, as opposed to a W-2 employee, they must meet the strict new “ABC” test.  Recently the California legislature passed a bill which adopted the Dynamex… Continue Reading


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DEADLINE TO PROVIDE ANTI-HARASSMENT TRAINING POSTPONED

On August 30, 2019 Governor Newsom signed legislation (SB 778) which extends the deadline to complete the anti-harassment training from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021. The bill also provides clarification on the timing of retraining requirements for employees who already received training in 2018 or 2019. Last year, California enacted legislation which imposed the… Continue Reading


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HAIRSTYLES ARE NOW PROTECTED CLASSIFICATIONS OF RACE

On July 3, 2019 California became the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against the wearing of hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 188.  This new legislation aims to create a respectful and open workplace for “natural hair” and end discrimination against hairstyles like braids,… Continue Reading


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SPECIAL BULLETIN: JULY 1 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

The next phase of the minimum wage increase, for many local jurisdictions, will take effect on July 1, 2019.  If your business is located, or if your employees perform work, in certain local jurisdictions you must comply with the minimum wage for your city or county if the local ordinance provides for a higher minimum wage… Continue Reading


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New California Family Rights Pregnancy Disability & New Parent Leave Poster Requirement

New California Family Rights Pregnancy Disability & New Parent Leave Poster Requirement- April 1, 2019 The Department of Fair Employment and Housing has updated its poster on the California Family Rights Act and Pregnancy Disability Leave to include information about the recently enacted New Parent Leave Act (NPLA). California employers with 50 or more employees… Continue Reading


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Employers Beware ….“On-Call” Time May Be Considered Paid Time

In a recent California Court of Appeal decision, the Court held that employees scheduled for “on-call” or “call-in” shifts may be entitled to “reporting time pay” even if the employee does not physically report to work. Summary of the Facts The employer, Tilly’s, is a retail operation. The employees were assigned both “regular” shifts where they… Continue Reading