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It Pays to Sleep on the Job in California

January 8, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Today the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., addressing the issue of whether security guards working 24-hour shifts have to be paid for all 24 hours or whether 8 hours of sleeping time (during which the security guards are simply on-call) may be uncompensated.  The Court held that the...
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NLRB Strikes Again: Implements New Rules Making It Easier for Unions To Win Elections

December 18, 2014 - 7:25 AM

Background The NLRB has been debating implementation of so-called “quickie election” rules on and off since 2011.  Earlier this week, by a 3-2 vote, the NLRB finalized, and published in the Federal Register, its new election rules, which will become effective in April.  In announcing the adoption of the new election rules...
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California Paid Sick Leave Posting and Notice Requirements Take Effect January 1, 2015

December 16, 2014 - 11:55 AM

As California employers know, California recently enacted a statewide paid sick leave mandate for California employers.  Although employers need not start providing paid sick leave benefits until July 1, 2015, the law’s posting and notice requirements take effect January 1, 2015, according to guidance published this month by the California Labor Commissioner’s office. ...
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San Francisco Retail Employers Must Comply With New Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights in July 2015

December 15, 2014 - 11:10 PM

Continuing its trend of enacting burdensome ordinances requiring employers with employees in San Francisco to comply with specialized wage and hour requirements, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has now passed two ordinances aimed at providing wage and hour protections for employees of “formula retail establishments.”  These ordinances are collectively referred to...
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2015 Standard Mileage Rate Announced

December 12, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Earlier this week, the IRS issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the costs of operating a vehicle for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.  Beginning on January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates are as follows: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014; 23 cents per mile driven for medical...
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NLRB Says Employees Have Right to Use Employer Email for Union Organizing Activities

December 12, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Yesterday, the NLRB issued a controversial 3-2 decision (divided on partisan lines) in Purple Communications, holding that employees are entitled to use an employer's email system for activities covered by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Section 7 protects employees' right to engage in concerted activity for mutual aid and protection (including,...
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Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That Security Screening Time Is Not Compensable

December 9, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Busk v. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., unanimously holding that time warehouse employees spent waiting to go through security checks and undergoing those checks at the end of their shift was not compensable time.  The decision overrules a contrary conclusion that the Ninth Circuit Court...
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Hot off the Press – New Statewide Minimum Wage Increase Proposed On First Day of California Legislative Session

December 1, 2014 - 5:10 PM

The action continues on the minimum wage front in December.  Earlier today, State Senator Mark Leno introduced a bill to accelerate the proposed increase to California’s statewide minimum wage.  Leno has been a strong proponent of an increased statewide minimum wage. Today was the first day of the California legislative session...
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