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Los Angeles Demands $1.45 Million Penalty for Violation of Local Minimum Wage Law

Penalties just got very costly for Los Angeles employers. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Office of Wage Standards (OWS) announced this week that they are demanding $1.45 million in penalties from Carl’s Jr. Restaurants for the alleged failure to comply with the city’s minimum wage laws at several Los Angeles locations. […]

Jun 28 2017 - Local Ordinances, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Reminder: Current Drug Use Not Protected Under ADA

A recent federal court decision is a good reminder that applicants or employees who currently use illegal drugs or marijuana or abuse alcohol are not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Conduct is key: The disease of addiction may be protected but misconduct is not […]

Jun 27 2017 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Mandatory Poster and Education Requirements for California Barbering and Cosmetology Licensees July 1

To address workplace violations at California salons, California enacted two pieces of legislation that would provide salon workers, such as nail salon workers, with information on their employment rights. One legislative bill requires a mandatory poster; the other requires educational information for all licensees. Both bills are intended to educate business owners and workers about […]

Jun 26 2017 - Posters and Notices, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2018

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that the minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2018: The minimum TTD rate will increase to $182.99 per week (from $175.88 per week); and The maximum TTD rate will increase to $1,215.27 per week (from $1,172.57 per week). California Labor Code […]

Jun 23 2017 - Benefits, Workers' Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

New Leave Mandate Passes Assembly Policy Committee

A job killer bill that mandates a new protected leave of absence passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday. SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) prohibits an employer from refusing to allow an employee with more than 12 months of service with the employer, who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer […]

Jun 22 2017 - Time Off - HRWatchdog Read More »