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

Top Experts Lead a Successful Inaugural HR Symposium

CalChamber held its inaugural HR Symposium on October 26, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. The sold-out crowd enjoyed a full day of informative and engaging sessions with top experts on a variety of labor and employment issues relevant to California employers, including: Lisa Buehler of Ellis Buehler Makus LLP walked attendees through a hypothetical sexual […]

Nov 7 2017 - General - HRWatchdog Read More »

Time to “Fall Back;” Daylight Saving Time Ends Soon

Almost time to grab that extra hour of sleep! Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5. But the twice-yearly time change at 2 a.m. generates questions about how to calculate hours worked when the clock is set back in the fall and employees “gain” an hour, as well as in the […]

Nov 2 2017 - Compensation, Overtime - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

New 2018 Exempt Classification Rates

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. The new rates take effect January 1, 2018. For the computer software employees’ exemption: The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $43.58 from its previous rate of $42.35; The minimum monthly […]

Oct 31 2017 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

After the Smoke Clears: Cal/OSHA Offers Fire Cleanup Safety Guidance

The wildfires in California’s wine country — that have charred roughly 160,000 acres and ruined more than 7,000 structures — are reaching full containment, prompting Cal/OSHA to call attention to the hazards that exist after the smoke and flames have cleared. The agency is reminding employers and workers who are executing the cleanup in fire-damaged […]

Oct 30 2017 - Health and Safety, Injury and Illness Prevention - Jessica Mulholland Read More »

CalChamber-Supported Workforce Development Bill to Become Law

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that will help increase California’s skilled workforce by authorizing a competitive grant program was signed earlier this month by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. AB 1111 (E. Garcia; D-Coachella) is designed to assist individuals who face multiple barriers to employment by providing them with remedial education and work readiness […]

Oct 26 2017 - Hiring - HRWatchdog Read More »