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New USCIS Form I-9 Effective September 18, 2017

USCIS FORM I-9 NEW FORM EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 As a reminder, the USCIS has updated the Form I-9 and Employers must begin using the new form effective today, September 18, 2017.  The new form has a revision date of “0/7/17/17 N”. Another significant change is the timing when the Form I-9 must be completed.… Continue Reading


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DACA Update: Work Re-Verification Not Required

DACA Update: Work Re-Verification Not Required The State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), has issued a news release following the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The LWDA has taken the position that employers are not required to undertake an immediate re-verification of any work authorization for a… Continue Reading


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DFEH Issues Workplace Harassment Guide for California

DFEH ISSUES WORKPLACE HARASSMENT GUIDE FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS On May 2, 2017 the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a guide for California employers on preventing, addressing and correcting claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. The guide provides steps to implement an effective anti-harassment program; what steps should be implemented to conduct… Continue Reading


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Employment Law Updates – July 2017

In this update we address the recent publication of a new I-9 form and revised wage orders. USCIS Releases a Revised Form I-9 WAGE ORDERS UPDATED USCIS PUBLISHES NEW I-9 FORM The US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers can use this… Continue Reading


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More Employment Law Changes Effective July 1

If employers thought that summer was a time to relax, think again. California has enacted several more items of legislation which take effect on July 1st. So, in addition to the minimum wage increase we discussed in our last article, the new laws going into effect on July 1, 2017 pertain to:  Notice To Employees… Continue Reading


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Los Angeles Increases Paid Sick Leave Benefits

LOS ANGELES INCREASES PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016 Los Angeles City Council recently voted to increase the paid sick leave benefits required to be provided to employees working within the City of Los Angeles. These paid sick leave benefits are now double what the State of California has mandated. Below is a… Continue Reading


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Rest Breaks …. What You Need To Know

In this edition we will address two recent and very important cases for employers to review relating to the legally required paid rest breaks provided to non-exempt employees. Also addressed below is a reminder about the March 1st deadline as to the All Gender Bathroom legislation effecting California employers. In two recent important decisions by… Continue Reading


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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