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Reminder—Employers Must Use New I-9 Forms

November 28, 2007 - 5:29 PM

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will begin imposing penalties against employers who are not using the newly approved and issued I-9 forms as of December 26, 2007. As a reminder, in our blog entry of November 9th we informed readers that an updated Employment Eligibility Verification Form (commonly known as the ...
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Extremely Important Discrimination Case to be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court Next Week

November 26, 2007 - 1:49 PM

By: Mark S. Spring

On December 3, 2007, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Sprint/United Management Co. v. Mendelsohn, a federal age discrimination lawsuit. The primary issue in the case is whether or not, and to what extent, trial courts should admit so called "me-too" evidence in age discrimination cases. Simply stated, "me-too" evidence is evidence that...
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Sacramento City Council Votes to Make Living Wage Permanent

November 21, 2007 - 11:22 AM

The Sacramento City Council voted yesterday to make the city's trial living wage pilot program, enacted in 2003, permanent. Under this program, companies that provide certain services to or for the city must pay workersa minimum wage of $10 per hour, adjusted annually for inflation. According to the Living Wage Ordinance ("LWO"), this minimum wage applies only...
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New Legislation for 2008

November 20, 2007 - 4:46 PM

Once again, the past year provided fertile ground for the growth of additional legislation impacting California's employers. The following list highlights these developments and provides links to sites with additional details. a. Leave for Soldier's Partner: Assembly Bill 392 requires employers with 25+ employees to grant unpaid leave to spouses or domestic partners of combatants on leave...
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Have a Good - But Not Too Good - Time at Your Company Party

November 19, 2007 - 3:05 PM

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us once again and many employers are planning their holiday parties. These events can be a good opportunity for co-workers to interact on a more personal level, and are often perceived by employers as morale-boosters. Unfortunately, some people also see these events as an opportunity to...
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In an Unusual Move, Unpublished Brinker Decision Regarding Class Certification/Meal And Rest Break Claims Vacated And Transferred Back to Court of Appeal For Reconsideration.

November 12, 2007 - 4:36 PM

By: Kent J. Sprinkle

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, discussed in our October 23, 2007 posting, has gone from being merely an unpublished opinion to being vacated and transferred backfor reconsiderationfollowing a petition for review to the California Supreme Court. Specifically, at the request of the appellate court, the California Supreme Court --...
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Employers Ordered to Use New I-9 Forms

November 9, 2007 - 2:09 PM

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced earlier this week that an updated Employment Eligibility Verification Form (commonly known as the "I-9") is available for use by employers. The form is similar in appearance to earlier versions, but has some significant changes: • Five documents previously acceptable for proof of identify and employment eligibility...
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House of Representatives Passes Gay Rights Workplace Law—What Does it Mean for California Employers?

November 8, 2007 - 10:30 AM

By: Mark S. Spring

Yesterday, the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. passed the Employment Non-discrimination Act, a bill that provides protections against discrimination in the workplace for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals that are similar to the federal protections already in place for older workers, minorities and disabled workers under the federal ADEA, Title VII and Americans...
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