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DOL Changes Stance on FMLA Eligibility and Same-Sex Marriages

On June 20, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule extending the protections of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live. The DOL is proposing this rule in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, […]

Jun 23 2014 - Benefits, FMLA/CFRA - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

USCIS Hosts E-Verify and Form I-9 Forum

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is encouraging businesses to “join the conversation” on Monday, June 23, 2014, from 1 pm to 3:30 p.m. (EST), and participate in a virtual forum on the E-Verify program and the Form I-9. USCIS encourages all employers to attend, even if your business does not currently use E-Verify. Department […]

Jun 19 2014 - Form I-9, Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

California Industry Wage Orders Updated

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) updated all 17 industry Wage Orders to reflect the increase in the minimum wage to: $9 an hour on July 1, 2014; and $10 an hour on January 1, 2016. The revised industry Wage Orders also reflect the updated meal and lodging credit amounts. The DIR amended sections […]

Jun 18 2014 - Compensation, Minimum Wage, Posters and Notices - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Two Job Killer Bills Advance in Senate

Two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed “job killer” bills that could increase business costs and impose new liabilities on innocent businesses passed the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week. AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) seeks to increase employer mandates by requiring all employers, large and small, to provide all employees in California with paid […]

Jun 16 2014 - Benefits, Time Off - HRWatchdog Read More »

Multi-Agency Task Force Conducts Sweep Targeting Underground Economy

A multi-agency task force conducted a sweep across major metropolitan areas statewide, issuing more than 60 citations for various violations and six work stop-orders. The task force, focused on curbing California’s underground economy, contacted nearly 100 businesses as part of the sweep. The state has been cracking down on businesses which do not comply with […]

Jun 13 2014 - Workers' Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »