Posted in Workplace Policies

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…

Posted in General

Top Seven HRWatchdog Blog Posts of 2017

2017 has been another busy year for employers. and January 1, 2018, will bring even more new employment laws. Our most read HRWatchdog posts of…

Posted in Health Care Reform

IRS Extends Employer Deadline for ACA Reporting Forms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it is extending the due date for certain 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting forms to be…

Posted in Discrimination

National Origin Protections in California May Change in 2018

National origin protection rules may change in California in the upcoming year. As previously reported, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council has proposed amendments to…

Posted in General

Tax Reform Impact on Employers and Employees

By Paul S. Drizner and Michael Lobie Editor’s note: This blog was originally published as a Client Alert by Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Republished with permission.  On…

Posted in Meal and Rest Break

Employees Free to Leave Premises During Rest Breaks

The Labor Commissioner’s office recently updated its fact sheet on rest breaks to clarify that an employer cannot require employees to stay on the work…

Posted in Benefits

State-Run Retirement Draft Regulations Exclude Critical Instructions for Employers

Draft regulations for the new state-run retirement savings program, Secure Choice, leave out critical instructions to help employers understand their obligations, the California Chamber of…

Posted in Compensation

2018 IRS Mileage Rates Announced

On December 14, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile…

Posted in Harassment

Rethinking the Holiday Office Party in Light of Harassment Scandals

Some companies may be rethinking their traditional office holiday party this year due to the spotlight on workplace harassment and the nearly daily allegations against…

Posted in Workplace Safety

Fires in California: Reminders About Emergencies and the Workplace

Fires are once again blazing in California, forcing thousands to evacuate, destroying buildings and bringing tragedy and loss. At this trying time, employers should remember…