Proposed Amendments to CFRA Regulations Published
March 7, 2014 - 10:23 AM
On February 21, 2014, California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) published proposed amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations. These regulations are intended to clarify some aspects of the existing regulations and also to adopt many of the recent amendments to the federal FMLA regulations to make the two acts...
IRS Announces New Mileage Reimbursement Rate
December 18, 2013 - 9:44 AM
Yesterday the IRS announced the 2014 optional standard mileage reimbursement rates. Beginning January 1, 2014, they decrease one-half cent from the current rates in effect, and are as follows:
56 cents per mile for business miles driven;
23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (same as...
SF Family Friendly Workplace Poster Available
December 17, 2013 - 11:11 AM
San Francisco employers are reminded that the city's new Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) takes effect January 1, 2014 and requires employers to consider employee requests for flexible or predictable work arrangements to assist with caregiving responsibilities. Our prior post on this new ordinance is here. This new local ordinance requires San Francisco employers...
San Francisco Adopts Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, Increasing Cost of Employing Workers in the City by the Bay
October 14, 2013 - 2:46 PM
Last week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, giving employees the right to request flexible work schedules or other accommodations to help the employee with childcare obligations and other similar household obligations. The ordinance of course provides legal remedies to an employee whose rights under the...
New California Law Expands Missed Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay to Missed “Recovery” Periods
October 14, 2013 - 1:50 PM
Last week, California’s Governor signed into law SB 435, which provides for one hour of premium pay for missed “recovery periods.” This new law amends Labor Code section 226.7, which California employers know as the law providing premium pay for missed meal and rest periods. (Basically, it’s a penalty...
Impact on Employers of California’s New Law Authorizing Driver Privileges for Illegal Immigrants
October 7, 2013 - 9:46 AM
Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 60 into law on October 3, 3013. The law allows individuals without immigration status to obtain driver privileges (DP) and to obtain a DP identification from DMV. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015 in order to give DMV sufficient time to publish regulations and procedures and to staff up...
California Governor Approves Minimum Wage Hike, Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, and Expansion of Paid Family Leave Benefits
September 27, 2013 - 9:44 AM
This week, California's Governor signed into law legislation (1) increasing the state minimum wage, (2) providing overtime compensation for many household employees, and (3) expanding the scope of California's paid family leave insurance program. With respect to minimum wage (which is currently $8/hour in California), AB 10 increases the minimum wage to $9/hour effective...
Prevailing Employer In Wage Case Can Only Recover Attorneys’ Fees If Claim Was Brought In Bad Faith
August 27, 2013 - 10:06 AM
Employers may recall recent publicity in California over the extent to which an employer may recover its attorneys’ fees after prevailing in a wage and hour action. This is because Labor Code section 218.5 on its face provides that the prevailing party in any action brought for nonpayment of wages “shall be awarded...
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