Happy holidays! As the year comes to an end, I wanted to share five of the most popular articles, podcasts, and videos we created in 2019. I hope followers found our content helpful in 2019, and, as always, if you have any suggestions for topics or areas to discuss in 2020, please let us know.
Action Items for California Employers by January 1, 2020
With new legal requirements facing California employers by January 1, 2020, this Friday’s Five focuses on five initial steps that employers can begin implementing now:
1. Minimum Wage and Exempt Employees Salary Threshold: Adjust pay levels for increasing minimum wage and ensure exempt employees are paid minimum threshold salaries to qualify as exempt.
- Effective January
Costly mistakes for startup companies and how to avoid them
Understandably, entrepreneurs’ main concerns are shipping great products and making sure they can meet the next payroll. As your company grows, regardless of what industry you are in, tech, biotech, or a restaurant, it is critical that the founder devote some time and effort into ensuring employment law compliance. Investors will demand this during the…
Salary increases required for exempt employees in 2019
To qualify as an exempt employee, California requires that 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…
Five reminders about exempt employees working in the restaurant industry
In a recent decision, Ramirez v. ISB Mehta Corp., a restaurant successfully defended a lawsuit filed by a former manager claiming that he was misclassified as an exempt employee. While the case is not officially published, it provides a few good lessons for restaurant operators’ classification of their employees. This Friday’s Five focuses on…
Five possible employment law changes under President Trump
What 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.
Five video excerpts from my recent presentation
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
Five myths about California employment law
This 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…
DOL overtime rule changes: Five action items for employers
The 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…
Five employment law developments in California
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…