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

Commuter Benefits for Bay Area

Bay Area employers must now comply with a pilot program that requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to offer commuter benefits to their employees. The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program requires employers subject to the program to complete the following tasks by September 30, 2014: Select a commuter benefit; […]

Mar 31 2014 - Benefits, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

California Labor Commissioner Focusing on Scofflaws, Not Those That Comply

Since being appointed in 2011, California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has been focusing on returning the agency to its most fundamental purpose: protecting minimum wage workers and businesses that are following the law, and creating an overall culture of compliance. Su cited two other achievements, improved targeting of violators and protecting law-abiding businesses from indiscriminate […]

Mar 28 2014 - Minimum Wage, Overtime - HRWatchdog Read More »

H-1B Visa Filing Starts April 1

Employers who need to apply for H-1B visas for foreign workers in specialized skill areas, such as science, engineering or computer programming, have a fast approaching deadline. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 cap on Tuesday April 1, 2014. The cap on H-1B […]

Mar 28 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Touchdown for College Football Players: NLRB Regional Director Allows Players to Unionize

Yesterday, a regional director of the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Northwestern University football players who received college scholarships are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As a result, the players are entitled to try to form a union. The NLRB director found that the players perform valuable […]

Mar 27 2014 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Take a 90-Minute Break for Brinker Updates

In 2012, the Brinker decision by the California Supreme Court settled long-standing questions about employer obligations for meal and rest breaks. In reality, employers are still getting sued two years later. Join CalChamber’s employment law experts for a reality check on meal and rest break requirements in California. The 90-minute webinar clears up any confusion […]

Mar 26 2014 - Meal and Rest Break - HRWatchdog Read More »