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

Private Sector Union Membership Increases Slightly – California Union Membership Down

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released 2013 data on union membership. The overall U.S. union membership rate, the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions, remained unchanged from 2012 at 11.3 percent. Overall, 16 million workers were represented by a union in 2013. This includes both union members […]

Jan 30 2014 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Employer in Donning and Doffing Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp. that steelworkers who do their job wearing flame-retardant gear are not entitled to compensation for the time they spend putting on the gear before and after their shift. Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows parties to […]

Jan 28 2014 - Compensation, Health and Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Important Employment Law Updates Webinar This Thursday

Ready your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone because CalChamber’s annual employment law updates webinar is scheduled for Thursday. It’s your opportunity to familiarize yourself with recent changes in California and federal employment laws. Anyone with employees in California will benefit from our employment law experts’ compliance guidance. Learn how new 2014 state and federal laws […]

Jan 28 2014 - Discrimination, Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog Read More »

February 1 – Form 300A Posting Requirement

HR Watchdog would like to remind employers that they must post the Form 300A summary of job-related injuries and illnesses from 2013 at their place of business no later than February 1, 2014. Employers are required to post only the summary (Form 300A) — not the Form 300 (Log) — by February 1 and keep […]

Jan 27 2014 - Health and Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Opposition Stops Workers’ Comp “Job Killer” Bill​​​​​

Strong opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce stopped a “job killer” bill from 2013 that would have resulted in dramatic workers’ compensation cost increases for employers. Last week, at the author’s request, SB 626 (Beall; D-San Jose) was pulled from the hearing agenda for the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. As a result, […]

Jan 24 2014 - Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »