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IRS Mileage Rates For 2017 Announced

On December 13, 2016, the IRS issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 cents per… Continue Reading


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City Of Los Angeles Passes Ban-The-Box Ordinance

SPECIAL BULLETIN DECEMBER 2016 CITY OF LOS ANGELES PASSES BAN-THE-BOX ORDINANCE RESTRICTS USE OF CRIMINAL HISTORY IN BACKGROUND CHECKS On December 9, 2016, Mayor Garcetti signed the “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” (commonly referred to as “Ban the Box”). The Ordinance will become effective on January 22, 2017 (31 days after the ordinance… Continue Reading


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Choice of Law and Forum Selection in Employment Contracts

When an employer’s headquarter is outside of California, but has employees inside of California, the employer may seek to include a provision in an employment contract that dictates the laws of another state govern the terms of employment, or that any disputes relating to the employment would be decided by the laws of another state… Continue Reading


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Increased Paid Family Leave Benefits

There has been an increase in the amount of benefits paid to employees on paid family leave (PFL) and state disability leave (SDI) from the current level of 55% to either 60% or 70% depending on the applicant’s income. (AB 908 signed in April, 2016)


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Wage Statements For Exempt Employees Need Not Be Itemize

Following a recent court decision, AB 2535 was passed which provides that employers need not list the number of hours worked on wage statements for any employee who is exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements pursuant to Labor Code Section 226(j) or pursuant to the applicable IWC Wage Order. (Amends Labor Code Section 226)


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Employers Required to File EDD Forms Electronically

This new law requires all employers to electronically file their employment tax returns, reports, and payments to the Employment Development Department (EDD) beginning January 1, 2017. According to the EDD’s website, this law will be phased in over two years to offer employers ample time to prepare. Employers with 10 or more employees will become… Continue Reading


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Notice Of Rights To Victims of Domestic Violence

Labor Code Section 230 currently provides that an employer is prohibited from terminating, discriminating or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. This prohibition includes any action based on the employee’s status as a victim or any need for time off to obtain various types of relief… Continue Reading


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Other Exempt Employee Classification Pay Rates for 2017

Certain jobs have different minimum salary requirements to maintain their exempt status. The minimum thresholds are subject to changes if the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) implements such a rate change. The DIR has announced the following rate changes for the following occupations effective January 1, 2017: Computer software employee exemption The minimum hourly rate… Continue Reading


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Holiday Celebrations… How To Avoid Legal Issues From A “Bad Santa”

‘Tis the season….while office holiday parties are a great opportunity to show appreciation for employees, improve employee morale and team-building, and provide a chance for employees to enjoy some “holiday cheer”, care should be taken to ensure that there is no backlash from the holiday celebrations. An office holiday party, whether on-site, off-site, during work… Continue Reading


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Federal Overtime Rule ON HOLD

As has been widely reported in the past few weeks, the new federal overtime rule, which was supposed to become effective on December 1st, has been put on hold due to the preliminary injunction issued by a Federal court in Texas on November 22, 2016. As we reported previously, the federal overtime rule would have… Continue Reading