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California Supreme Court to Analyze Administrative Exemption

December 4, 2007 - 10:59 AM

On November 28, 2007, the Supreme Court granted review of Harris v. Superior Court, 154 Cal.App.4th 164 (2007).The issue in Harris that the Supreme Court will review is whether insurance claims adjusters were properly classified by their employer as exempt under the administrative exemption.Specifically, the Court will analyze whether the claims adjusters were engaged in work...
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Employers Are Taking Steps to Reduce Costs Associated with Employee Benefits

November 29, 2007 - 11:31 AM

No one disputes that the cost of providing employee benefits, particularly health care coverage, is costly for employers. Some companies are now getting creative in an attempt to stem the spiraling costs associated with these programs. As discussed in an article in BusinessWeek Online, many employers are conducting so-called "dependent eligibility audits," in which these...
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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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