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CalChamber’s employment law experts analyze federal and California legislation, important court cases and agency actions that affect employment law.

CalChamber Encouraging Outdoor Employers to Join Heat Illness Prevention Coalition​​​​​​

​The California Chamber of Commerce is encouraging interested parties to join the Heat Illness Prevention Coalition as it prepares to voice concerns about draft revisions to California’s unique heat illness prevention regulations. The coalition believes the proposal will hurt employers and won’t create safer outdoor workplaces in California. California adopted the first heat illness prevention […]

Jul 9 2014 - Heat Illness - HRWatchdog Read More »

Update: Diabetic Worker Fired for “Grazing” on Chips Receives Settlement

A long-term employee of a South San Francisco Walgreens recently received a $180,000 settlement to resolve a disability discrimination claim brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). HRWatchdog previously reported on this lawsuit. According to the lawsuit’s allegations, the employee, Josephina Hernandez, was fired when she grabbed a $1.39 bag of potato chips from […]

Jul 8 2014 - Disabilities, Termination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

California Supreme Court: Refusal to Sign Disciplinary Document No Bar to UI Claim

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that an employee’s refusal to sign a disciplinary notice confirming receipt was not misconduct but was “at most, a good faith error in judgment” that did not disqualify him from receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Under the Unemployment Insurance Code, an individual is ineligible for UI benefits if […]

Jul 7 2014 - Benefits, Termination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Independence Day and Holiday Pay

Is the Fourth of July a paid holiday for your employees? Or is the holiday unpaid? California law does not require that an employer provide its employees with paid holidays, that it close its business on any holiday, or that employees be given the day off for any particular holiday. It’s really up to your company […]

Jul 3 2014 - Benefits, Holiday Pay - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Comment Period Open: Federal Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order which would establish a minimum wage for work performed by parties that contract with the federal government. The Executive Order would raise the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered federal contracts to: $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and […]

Jul 2 2014 - Compensation, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »