New Employment Laws for 2017

February 15th, 2017

There are a number of new laws that were signed in 2016 that have an immediate impact in 2017 and beyond. The categories include: Wage and Hour Discrimination and Retaliation Protections Leaves of Absence and Benefits Background Checks Workplace Safety Litigation Workers’ Compensation Minimum Wage Under Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), the state minimum wage […]

Los Angeles ‘Bans the Box’

February 15th, 2017

Los Angeles has gone even further than other cities with its own “ban-the-box ordinance” to prohibit private employers from inquiring about criminal convictions during the application process. The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring will be among the country’s most restrictive for employers. The ordinance applies to businesses with 10 or more employees located […]

New I-9 Form

February 14th, 2017

Last November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised version of Form I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification, to reduce technical errors and make it easier to download and complete the form on a computer. Additionally, the instructions are now separate from the form itself. Effective Jan. 22, employers must only use the new […]

IRS Mileage Rates Decrease in 2017

February 14th, 2017

The IRS has announced minor decreases to standard mileage rates, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The IRS mileage rates for vehicle use in 2017 are: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 54 cents in 2016) 17 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes (down from 19 cents) 14 cents per mile […]

Minimum Wage Hike Implications for Employers

July 1st, 2016

With Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 4, 2016, signing of SB 3, California became the first state to commit to raising the hourly minimum wage to $15 statewide. Under SB 3, the minimum wage will increase to $15 hourly by 2022 (2023 for companies with 25 or fewer staff members). The law calls for increases of […]

Mandatory Harassment Prevention Training in California

July 1st, 2016

Harassment in the workplace is a continued, significant problem for employers, despite legislation passed in 2004 mandating that all employers with 50 or more employees must train their supervisors every 2 years. Some new businesses or those that have recently reached the 50-employee threshold do not seem to be aware that they must provide this […]

Transgender Rights in the Workplace

July 1st, 2016

The state’s Fair Employment & Housing Act protects those who identify as transgender. The law uses the terms “sex,” “gender,” “gender identity” and “gender expression,” and “gender expression” is defined as “a person’s gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereo typically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.” There are two kinds of […]

Tip Pooling in California

July 1st, 2016

If your business is in the restaurant or hospitality industry and you use a tip pooling system, you must make sure your tip pooling policy ensures tips are distributed to all classes of employees that contribute to serving patrons. Tip pools spread the risk of low-tipping customers among all tipped employees, in addition to providing […]

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Amendments — AB 304

January 15th, 2016

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act went into effect July 1, 2015 and required employers to provide mandatory paid sick leave (PSL) to all employees. If that wasn’t confusing enough, on July 13, 2015 amendments (AB 304) became effective. Among other things, the amendments do the following: Clarify who is a covered worker; Provide alternative accrual methods other than […]

School Activities Leave Expanded — SB 579

January 15th, 2016

Labor Code section 230.8 currently requires an employer with 25 or more employees to provide employees up to 40 hours each year and no more than eight hours in a calendar month for participating in school or child care facility activities. SB 579 expands the Labor Code as follows: Expands the reasons for which an employee can take time […]