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California Supreme Court Denies Review of Cell Phone Reimbursement Case

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition to review Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District, Division Two, No. B247160 (August 12, 2014). As a result of the...more

12/3/2014 - Appeals Bring Your Own Device Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Petitions for Review Popular Reimbursements

California Labor Agency Publishes Sick Pay Poster and Wage Notice

California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has published a poster and wage notice for employers to use in compliance with AB 1522, California’s new mandatory sick pay law. On September 10, 2014,...more

12/3/2014 - DLSE Paid Leave Posting Requirements Sick Leave Wage and Hour

FAQs on California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The Act requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked...more

11/11/2014 - Employee Rights New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

California Legislation 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) - On September 10, 2014,...more

10/31/2014 - Child Labor Civil Rights Act Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Farm Workers Health Insurance Independent Contractors Jerry Brown Minimum Wage New Legislation Paid Leave Retaliation Same-Sex Marriage Sick Leave Staffing Agencies Training Undocumented Immigrants Unemployment Benefits Unpaid Interns

Tips for Taking Advantage of California’s Extended Unemployment Appeal Deadline

Busy human resources (HR) managers will be relieved to know that California has done something to make their job just a little easier. The State of California recently enacted legislation extending the time period to appeal...more

10/27/2014 - Appeals EDD Former Employee Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Time Extensions Unemployment Benefits Unemployment Compensation System

San Diego Minimum Wage Ordinance Put On Ice

San Diego’s hotly contested minimum wage ordinance has been put on ice until at least 2016. The City Council approved the ordinance in July and then later overrode the mayor’s veto. A petition drive by San Diego business...more

10/20/2014 - Ballot Measures Local Ordinance Minimum Wage San Diego

Bullying in the Workplace: California’s New Training Requirement

Everyone remembers a bully in junior high school. She might have been the mean girl who told others not to be your friend, or the brute who inflicted his cruelty with wedgies and half nelsons. Sadly, some people never...more

10/13/2014 - Bullying Training Workplace Bullying

California Legislative Update: September 2014

In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) - On...more

10/2/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Harassment Independent Contractors Internships Misclassification Paid Leave Sick Leave Unpaid Interns

California Court Determines Arbitrator Must Decide Whether Class Claims Are Subject to Arbitration Agreement

When an employee who has signed an arbitration agreement files a lawsuit alleging individual claims along with class action claims, and the trial court has ordered him to take his individual claims to arbitration, what...more

9/3/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employer Liability Issues Racial Discrimination

Employer Required to Reimburse Employees for Personal Cell Phone Use Despite Unlimited Minutes Plans

Cell phones are ubiquitous. At some companies, employees use their personal phones to make business calls. Does an employer need to “pay” for that use of the phone, even if the employee did not incur any extra expenses for...more

8/22/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Cell Phones Employer Liability Issues Out-of-Pocket Expenses Reimbursements

Back to School! Employers: Are You Ready for School-Related Leave for Parents?

The lazy days of summer are behind us this month as many children head back to school. Employers of parents with school-aged children should review California’s laws, which provide certain rights to employees to take time off...more

8/19/2014 - Family-School Partnership Act Paid Leave Unpaid Leave

San Diego City Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase and Sick Pay Ordinance

The San Diego City Council recently approved an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017. This wage increase will take effect incrementally over a three-year period, putting San Diego ahead of...more

8/1/2014 - Minimum Wage New Regulations Sick Leave Wage and Hour

California Legislative Update: July 2014

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. A brief summary of these new laws, along with links to the bills, can be found below....more

7/31/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Rights Healthcare Healthcare Reform Jerry Brown Legislative Agendas Same-Sex Marriage

Court Endorses PTO Use for Exempt Employee Partial-Day Absences

Employers often confuse the strict rules limiting the docking of exempt employees’ salary with different rules relating to partial-day deductions under vacation or “paid time off” (PTO) policies. A California appellate court...more

7/31/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees Popular PTO Vacation Pay

City of San Diego Imposes Minimum Wage Hike and Sick Pay Ordinance

Rejecting a call to place a proposed minimum wage hike on the November ballot as a referendum item, on July 14 the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017....more

7/16/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Minimum Wage Sick Leave Wage and Hour

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