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

Executive Order Increases Federal Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring that all new federal contracts and subcontracts include a clause specifying that the minimum wage to be paid to workers under those federal contracts and subcontracts must be at least $10.10 per hour. The rate is effective beginning January 1, 2015, for all new contracts and replacements for […]

Feb 18 2014 - Compensation, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Coming Soon for San Francisco? Watch for New Background Check Rules

On February 11, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance that would “ban the box” on employment applications; eliminating the commonly used check box on employment applications that asks for criminal history. If signed by the mayor, the ordinance will impose a number of new restrictions on employers’ use of criminal history […]

Feb 13 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Be My Office Valentine

The office romance results are in! Fifty-six percent of business professionals surveyed said they have participated in some type of romantic relationship in the workplace, according to’s 2014 Office Romance Survey. Trouble for Employers That percentage probably doesn’t surprise a lot of employers, but some of the survey’s results should raise a huge red […]

Feb 12 2014 - Harassment, Training - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

The White House is Relaxing the Employer Mandate Again

The Treasury Department on Monday rolled out more tweaks to the health-care law’s requirement that all large employers, those with 50 or more workers, provide insurance coverage to their workers. This is the part of Obamacare was supposed to take effect at the start of 2014, but was delayed by the White House this past […]

Feb 11 2014 - Benefits, Health Care Reform - HRWatchdog Read More »

Form I-9 Videos for Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of three short video vignettes for employees and employers that demonstrate how to complete the Form I-9. Each vignette walks the viewer through the key steps in four minutes or less, and each video covers a particular section of the Form I-9. Section 1 of Form […]

Feb 10 2014 - Form I-9, Hiring - HRWatchdog Read More »