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DIR Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2015

California’s Department of Industrial Relations announced this week that the temporary total disability rates for 2015 will increase on January 1, 2015: The minimum temporary total disability (TTD) rate will increase to $165.49 (from $161.19); and The maximum TTD rate will increase to $1,103.29 per week (from $1,074.64 per week). California Labor Code section 4453(a) […]

Jun 11 2014 - Benefits, Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »

Senate Committee​​​​ to Consider Paid Sick Leave Mandate

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee will consider a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed “job killer” bill tomorrow that will increase the already-high costs of doing business in the state. AB 1522​ (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) would require all employers, large and small, to provide all employees in California with paid sick leave. The bill contains provisions for statutory […]

Jun 10 2014 - Benefits, Time Off, Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog Read More »

Handling Summer Vacation Requests

Summer is generally a busy time of year for vacation requests. Employees want to take advantage of the good weather, and kids are out of school – allowing time for families to take summer vacations together. It might not always be possible for employers to grant specific vacation dates requested, especially if employees request the […]

Jun 9 2014 - Time Off - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

California’s Minimum Wage Increase: Review Your Pay Practices

On July 1, 2014, California’s minimum wage increases to $9 per hour from the existing minimum wage of $8 per hour. This is the first increase to the state minimum wage since January 1, 2008. The minimum wage will increase a second time to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. Employers need to prepare […]

Jun 6 2014 - Compensation, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Dancing Hamster Misrepresented Employment Status to Collect Benefits

Remember those Kia Soul commercials from a couple years back with the dancing hamsters? One of them was arrested on insurance fraud charges alleging that that he illegally collected state disability insurance benefits. Leroy Barnes, 27, of Los Angeles, is suspected of deceiving his doctors about his employment status while he received disability benefits. State […]

Jun 5 2014 - Benefits - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »