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

Payroll Tax Deduction Rates Will Rise in 2018

For 2018, the Social Security Administration announced that the Social Security taxable wage base will rise by $1,500 — from $127,200 to $128,700 maximum taxable earnings. The Social Security withholding rate is unchanged for 2018 and remains at 6.2 percent, up to the maximum taxable amount. The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax rate – […]

Oct 24 2017 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

2018 California Minimum Wage Hike Brings Many Changes

Last year, Governor Brown signed SB 3, a bill that increases the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. The governor’s action makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Large businesses with 26 or more employees began complying January […]

Oct 23 2017 - Minimum Wage - HRWatchdog Read More »

2018 401k Contribution Limits Rise

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting 401(k) pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018 — including an increase in the amount employees can contribute to their 401(k) plans. Some pension plan limitations, including those governing 401(k) plans, changed this year because the increase in the cost-of-living index met […]

Oct 20 2017 - Benefits - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Unemployment Assistance Benefits Available for Workers Affected by Wildfires

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers and self-employed individuals who lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the devastating California wildfires (Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties). Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced and the California Employment Development Department (EDD) confirmed […]

Oct 18 2017 - Benefits - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

CAL/OSHA Issues Advisory on Worker Safety in Wildfire Regions

Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions must be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke. Cal/OSHA notes that smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health. Breathing fine particles can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and […]

Oct 17 2017 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »