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July 1 Brings New Law Banning Felony Question on Public Job Applications

An important reminder that on July 1, 2014, Section 432.9 of the Labor Code came into effect. California Labor Code Section 432.9 bans government employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until later in...more

7/10/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Felonies

July 1, 2014 Brings New Requirements for California Employers

Beginning July 1, 2014, California employers must comply with several new pieces of legislation. The first phase of California’s minimum wage increase takes effect on July 1. In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed...more

6/17/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Labor Code Minimum Wage Minimum Wage Laws New Legislation

Trade Secrets? Tips For Keeping Data Safe

The leak of National Security Agency (NSA) data by computer contractor Edward Snowden ignited a global discussion about secrets of all kinds. For business owners, the increased odds of high tech theft are good reason to...more

4/11/2014 - Background Checks Cloud-Based Services Cybersecurity Data Protection Edward Snowden Employee Handbooks NSA Social Media Policy Trade Secrets

Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks

Unfortunately, it is common for new hires and existing employees to put employee handbooks aside with little consideration. Nevertheless, comprehensive employee handbooks are an important tool employers can use to minimize...more

3/18/2014 - Compliance Employee Handbooks Training

2014 Employment Law Update

Whether you choose to set a New Year’s resolution or not, the start of a new year is normally full of changes if you are a business owner or employer. 2014 is no different, with dozens of new employment laws going into...more

2/5/2014 - Compliance Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Leave of Absence Minimum Wage OSHA Time-Off Policies Wage and Hour

Overtime for Domestic Workers

In a development that affects even the smallest of California employers, California Governor Jerry Brown signed another bill mandating overtime pay for domestic workers. The new measure, known as the Domestic Workers Bill of...more

12/10/2013 - Domestic Workers Employee Rights Minimum Wage Unpaid Overtime

How ENDA Could Affect Your California Business

Employment discrimination law is an interesting point of intersection between state and federal authority. While many states have expanded the law within their own borders, it has been some time since the federal government...more

12/3/2013 - ADA Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues ENDA FEHA

California Minimum Wage To Be Raised From $8 To $10

The California minimum wage will increase in two separate $1 increments. The first increase will bump the rate from $8 to $9 in July 2014, and the second increase, to $10, will come in January 2016....more

11/26/2013 - Minimum Wage

What Does “Obamacare” Mean for California Employers?

Signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) is commonly referred to as “Obamacare”. It is important for California employers to note that the ACA “employer mandate” has been delayed...more

10/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Marketplace Notice SHOP Program Tax Penalties

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