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

Potential Expansion of Employment Authorization

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced two proposals designed to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants as part of the U.S. workforce. The first proposal relates to “H-4 dependents” (spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21) of H-1B nonimmigrant workers. Under current regulations, the DHS does not list H–4 dependents […]

May 15 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Popular HR Boot Camp Just Added in Santa Rosa

CalChamber’s sold-out May and June HR Boot Camps in Sacramento and Santa Clara resulted in scores of requests for another Northern California event. Due to high demand, we’ve added Santa Rosa to our seminar roster. From hiring through termination, learn core fundamentals of the employment life cycle and build your decision-making confidence at HR Boot […]

May 14 2014 - Meal and Rest Break, Minimum Wage, Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog Read More »

Eight Steps For Examining Your Wage Practices

Last week, California’s Labor Commissioner issued citations totaling more than $1.5 million to two janitorial companies for wage theft violations, including intentionally misclassifying 52 janitorial workers as independent contractors. The citations issued include assessments to recover the minimum wages, overtime and other premiums. Most employees are owed $30,000 or more, according to a statement from the Labor […]

May 13 2014 - Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »

San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Request Form Available

San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance took effect January 1, 2014. Generally, the ordinance gives certain employees who are employed in San Francisco the right to request a flexible or predictable work arrangement to assist with caregiving responsibilities. The ordinance applies to employers with 20 or more employees, regardless of the employees’ location. The city’s […]

May 12 2014 - Benefits, Time Off, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Feds Take Action on Immigration-Related Issues

A surge of enforcement activity from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) should reinforce to employers that it’s unlawful to discriminate against new hires during the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process. The DOJ has already settled seven cases in Fiscal Year 2014 involving immigration-related discrimination. The DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair […]

May 9 2014 - Discrimination, Form I-9, Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »