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Five of the most asked questions by California employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving weekend.  This Friday’s Five is about five common questions I’m receiving from California employers at the close of 2016. 1. Does the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in California with the passage of proposition 64 change employer’s rights to prohibit it in the workplace? No.  Proposition… Continue Reading

Five possible employment law changes under President Trump

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
TrumpWhat a week – and here we are at Friday already.  This Friday’s Five focuses on how President Trump could change the employment landscape on the federal and California levels. 1.      Department of Labor’s overtime regulations effective December 1, 2016 are still on course to take effect, but could be changed in 2017. As I’ve… Continue Reading

Five new laws facing California employers in 2017

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update
This Friday’s five summarizes five new laws that were just approved by the Governor last week, and California employers need to heed going into 2017: 1. AB 1843 – Juvenile Criminal History The new law prohibits employers from asking or taking into consideration juvenile convictions. The law states, “employers [are prohibited] from asking an applicant… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: End of September employment law wrap-up

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, New Cases
This Friday’s Five is a bit of everything: news, new California employment laws, and reminders about October 1 deadlines for the City of San Diego:  1. House moves to delay DOL overtime rule implementation. There is a great article by Lisa Jennings from Nation’s Restaurant News summarizing the House’s move to delay the overtime rule… Continue Reading

Five video excerpts from my recent presentation

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Resources, Seminar, Wage & Hour Law
Welcome to Friday’s Five!  Here are five video excepts from a presentation I conducted in September 2016 to a group of restaurateurs: exempt employee overview the DOL’s increase in the salary basis test and what it means for employers California’s minimum wage – state and local considerations   Please let me know if you have… Continue Reading

Five free resources of mine you are not using

Posted in About the California Employment Law Report, Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Resources, Seminar, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
I bet your lawyer has never uttered those words to you (unless, of course, I am your lawyer).  For today’s Friday’s Five, I wanted to remind readers about five free resources I offer.  That’s right – they are absolutely free.  Happy Friday. 1.  Download the termination checklist I’m a big proponent of checklists.  Even if… Continue Reading

San Diego’s changing minimum wage and paid sick leave law – five updates to know

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Resources
The City of San Diego passed the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance which took effect on July 11, 2016.  Now, less and two months later, the City has approved an “Implementing Ordinance” clarifying the law’s regulations.  The Implementing Ordinance takes effect on September 2, 2016.  This Friday’s Five provides five issues that have… Continue Reading

Seminar: Top employment law issues facing California restaurants

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Seminar, Wage & Hour Law
I wanted to share an opportunity for readers to attend my seminar conducted by the Restaurant Advisory Group on September 13, 2016.  The topics I’ll cover include the top five pitfalls facing California employers and how to comply with the new minimum wage increases taking effect at the local levels throughout Southern California.  The cost… Continue Reading

City of San Diego’s minimum wage and paid sick leave law effective July 11, 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Wage & Hour Law
The City of San Diego’s minimum wage increase and paid sick leave were made effective on July 11, 2016.  Therefore, all employers that have workers who work within the City of San Diego for two hours or more in any week must comply with the minimum wage increase ($10.50/hour) and paid sick leave requirements.  The… Continue Reading

Los Angeles area employers: checklist to comply with July 1 minimum wage and paid sick leave laws

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Next week Los Angeles employers need to comply with new minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements.  I have written about the new laws a lot recently, but wanted to provide five items in today’s Friday’s Five to review in ensuring your company is ready for the new laws for next week’s deadlines: Understand where… Continue Reading

Los Angeles County minimum wage ordinance – traps for employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Following the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles implemented a new minimum wage increase for all unincorporated cities within Los Angeles County.  The minimum wage law follows the City’s requirements, but there are a few areas where the County differs, which can be a trap for employers: 1) County of Los Angeles… Continue Reading

Department of Labor issues overtime rule changes

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
DOLOn May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor issued long awaited changes to the Federal rules setting forth the requirements for employees to qualify as exempt under the white collar exemptions.  Exempt employees are “exempt” from some labor laws governing employees, such as overtime pay.  Exempt employees are designated as such because they are “exempt”… Continue Reading

Five action items employers can take pending the DOL changes in exempt classifications

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
DOLIn 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed increasing the salary employees must receive in order to be classified as exempt.  The DOL finalized the rules and the changes are pending before the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.  If approved, it is likely that the final rules would take effect late summer or… Continue Reading

Only four months into 2016, new regulations require review of policies

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update
Yes, it is only April, but even if employers updated their handbooks at the beginning of 2016, they should take another look at the handbooks to ensure they comply with new regulations issued by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council.  The new regulations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act are effective April 1, 2016.… Continue Reading

EEOC’s proposal to require additional information about employee’s race, gender, ethnicity and wages, five key issues to understand

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Wage & Hour Law
Happy Friday.  Big data has entered into the employment context.  The EEOC is proposing changing the EEO-1 report to require employers to report about an employee’s earnings based on their race, gender and ethnicity.  Here are five things employers should know about the EEOC’s proposal: 1.      Proposal to add wage data about employees to EEO-1… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: 2016 will be the year of joint employer liability – is your company ready?

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Vertical-joint-employment-2-768x7682016 will be a year in which joint employer liability will be a major issue for employers.  Why am I making this prediction?  First, the NLRB has refocused attention to this issue in hopes of expanding the number of employers that can be found jointly liable.  Second, the Department of Labor issued an Administrative Interpretation… Continue Reading

Five action items to start 2016 off right

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
I cannot believe it is already Friday, and one week done in 2016.  This Friday’s Five focuses on a few action items for employers can use to start a review of their employment policies for 2016.  1.      Ensure the new hire packets contain all required information for employees.  If employers do not have a standard… Continue Reading

Five videos all California employers should watch for 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Happy New Year!  This Friday’s Five consists of five new video’s taken from a recent presentation I conducted on new employment laws facing California employers in 2016.  Wishing everyone the best in 2016. 2016 Update: California’s new equal pay protections: 2016 Update: Meal and rest break considerations: 2016 Update: Minimum wage increases state and locally:… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five employment law areas to review for 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
As we approach the close of 2015, employers should take the time to review their employment law policies and practices.  I’m often asked where should the process start?  Here are five areas employers can focus on to start the audit process: 1.      Employee handbooks Employers need to ensure their policies are up to date, and… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five Employment Law Considerations For 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Today’s Friday’s Five is a short video about five employment law considerations employers should review at the end of 2015.  As mentioned in the video, I will be conducting a webinar on December 2, 2015 for employers to understand and comply with new employment laws taking effect in 2016.  I will also discuss new case… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five new California employment laws taking effect on January 1, 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Expense Reimbursement, Wage & Hour Law
I can hear the questions already, just five new laws taking effect on January 1, 2016?  No, there are many more, as I have previously written about, but here are five additional new laws employers need to understand going into 2016. 1.     Family members of whistleblower are granted protections and some employers are excluded from… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: California employers get some PAGA relief

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Wage & Hour Law
California passed a new law in October 2015 that provides employers some potential protection against penalties imposed by the Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA). Employers need to understand the intricacies of PAGA, and the importance of seeking legal counsel immediately upon receiving a copy of the letter a plaintiff must send to the… Continue Reading

California enacts new equal pay protections for 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Wage & Hour Law
Equal pay actToday, October 6, 2015, Governor Brown signed into the law Senate Bill 358, directed at ensuring equal pay across genders.  While it was illegal to pay employees different wages based upon their gender or race already under California law, the new law expands the protection to workers who do “substantially similar” work.  The bill amends… Continue Reading
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