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U.S. Federal Court judge puts DOL overtime rules on hold

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Employers across the nation have been preparing to increase salary levels for managers to meet the higher salary level requirements implemented by the Department of Labor earlier this year under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The DOL rules were set to take effect on December 1, 2016, and require that employers must pay employees… Continue Reading

DOL overtime rules changes: five checklist items for CA employers reclassifying employees

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
The DOL’s change in the federal overtime rules requiring a higher salary threshold ($47,476 paid annually) for employees to qualify as an exempt employee takes effect December 1, 2016.  This Friday’s Five discusses five final checklist items California employers should consider when reclassifying from exempt employees to nonexempt employees. 1. The DOL rule changes are… Continue Reading

Don’t lose sight of duties required to meet exempt status – Friday’s Five

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Exempt Employees
With attention on the DOL’s salary increase required to meet the white collar exemptions, it is important for employers to remember that this is only one-half of the test to qualify for as an exempt employee.  The law also requires that the employee perform more than 50% of their time performing exempt duties.  For this… 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 myths about California employment law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
Golden Gate BridgeThis week’s Friday’s Five covers five misconceptions about California employment law that can land employers in a lot of hot water: Meal and rest breaks seem so trivial. The topic for the uneducated (or out of state) employer does seem trivial.  However, with the penalty owed to employees of one hour of pay for each… Continue Reading

Employment law mid-year update and mixer

Posted in About the California Employment Law Report, Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Seminar, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
Join me for a seminar for a mid-year update on California employment law issues.  Learn how to keep your company compliant with new developments in California.  Topics will include: Top five pitfalls facing California employers in 2016 How to prepare for the Department of Labor’s changes to the overtime rules going into effect on December… Continue Reading

DOL overtime rule changes: Five action items for employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
WorkerThe DOL’s Final Rule was issued this week (see my previous article for the details), and we have had a few days to digest the new rules.  Now employers need to start putting together a plan to ensure compliance with the federal rules, and take time to ensure they are also complying with applicable California… 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

Five employment law developments in California

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
A lot was happening this week in California’s employment law.  This week’s Friday’s Five is a round-up on the highlights: 1.       Los Angeles City Council votes to require employers to provide 6 days of paid sick leave. The LA City Council approved a measure to require employers to provide employees up to six paid sick… 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

Five things to know about the salary basis test

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
workers in buildingTo qualify as an exempt employee, an employee must be “primarily engaged in the duties that meet the test of the exemption” and “earns a monthly salary equivalent to no less than two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment.” Labor Code section 515.  This forms the two part test the employees must meet… Continue Reading

Five immutable laws of California employment law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
SF Skyline1.     It does not matter if you are a start-up, mom and pop business, or a fortune 500 company, employment laws cannot be ignored.  While different laws do apply to larger employers, for the most part, every employer has to comply with roughly the same laws in California.  California’s paid sick leave requirement that took… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Credit checks for applicants or employees

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
This Friday’s Five discusses five issues California employers should remember about whether they may require credit checks from applicants or employees.  And if employers can obtain the information, what additional considerations they should take into account when using this information for employment decisions and privacy concerns. 1.      Credit checks are different than background checks. Since… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Issues That Should Be On Every Employer’s Radar

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
Speaking with some clients, I sense their overwhelming confusion in setting up employment policies in California. While it can be a daunting task, I remind them that the key is to approach it in a systematic process, and once the system is in place, compliance can be very easy. While there are many issues employers… Continue Reading

The Department of Labor’s proposed salary increase for exempt employees

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
In July 2015, the Department of Labor proposed regulations that would increase the salary amount employers would need to pay for employees to qualify as exempt.  If adopted, the proposal would require that employees would have to earn at least $50,440 per year in order to qualify for most exemptions in 2016.  This episode discusses… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five Terms To Include In Job Offer Letters

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Uncategorized
Hiring new employees? For the next job offer, instead of relying on the old job offer letter you have a lawyer review in the 1990’s, it is recommended to review the offer letter to ensure it is up to date with current law. While some of the items discussed below are not necessarily new aspect… Continue Reading

Labor Commissioner’s ruling against Uber widely misunderstood by media

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Exempt Employees, Expense Reimbursement, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
Earlier this week Uber appealed a California Labor Commissioner ruling against it holding that a driver was misclassified as an independent contractor.  In this video, I briefly discuss the ruling and the lesson it holds for employers. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors can carry many damages and penalties.  For example, Sections 226.8 and 2753… Continue Reading

Five statutes that can shift attorney’s fees to employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Exempt Employees, Resources, Technology & Law, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
You may recall from your college business law class of the “American rule” regarding attorney’s fees: generally in the United States each side is responsible to their own attorney’s fees, and unlike other countries, the loser does not have to pay the other party’s attorney’s fees. Employers can basically ignore this general rule in employment… Continue Reading

Five exempt employee classifications all California employers should understand

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
I apologize for the long post in advance, but I’ve been receiving many questions about exempt vs. non-exempt classification of employees lately. This article is the first in a series of articles to help employers tread through this technical area, hopefully in a manner that makes it at least somewhat easier for employers to understand.… Continue Reading
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