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Pay Caregivers Less than $3 per Hour; Be Hit with $7 Million in Fines

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited the operator of six adult care facilities in Los Angeles over $7 million for failure to pay the minimum wage and other wage and hour violations. The company must pay underpaid wages and penalties to 149 former and current employees who provided care to elderly residents 24 hours a […]

Jan 10 2018 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

CalChamber-Backed Employment Bills to be Heard in Assembly Policy Committee

On Thursday, the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee will consider two California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that could help to reduce employers’ costs and accommodate employees’ needs. The CalChamber supports AB 281 (Salas; D-Bakersfield) because it reduces costs to business by reforming the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to allow an employer the right to cure a violation […]

Jan 9 2018 - General - HRWatchdog Read More »

New Year, New Laws, New Content

Welcome to 2018! To help you make a smooth transition to the new year, HRWatchdog wants you to know that HRCalifornia is fully updated with new content on: California’s New Parent Leave Act. New Worksite Immigration Enforcement and Protections. New Salary History Ban. New Ban-the-Box Rules on Criminal Background Checks New Harassment Prevention Training Requirements […]

Jan 5 2018 - General - HRWatchdog Read More »

Social Security Revises 2018 Taxable Wage Base

For 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Social Security taxable wage base will be $128, 400. This is the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax for 2018. Initially, the SSA announced that the wage base would increase by $1,500 — from $127,200 to $128,700 maximum taxable earnings. However, the […]

Jan 4 2018 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Californians Can Legally Buy Weed But Employers Can Still Keep a Drug-Free Workplace

This week, California businesses began to legally sell recreational marijuana in California. More than 400 state licenses have been issued so far, but the rollout may be slow. Cities or counties must first approve commercial marijuana sales, and localities can choose to ban or restrict recreational marijuana shops. On November 8, 2016, Californians voted to […]

Jan 3 2018 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »