Archive for the ‘Compensation’ Category

Social Security Announces 2020 Taxable Wage Base

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that the Social Security taxable wage base for 2020 will increase to $137,700 from $132,900. This is the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2020. The Social Security withholding rate is unchanged for 2020 and remains at 6.2 percent, up to the maximum taxable […]

21 Oct 19 - Compensation - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »


Franchisors Not Liable for Franchisee’s Labor Violations, Ninth Circuit Rules

Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important wage and hour decision related to joint employment, particularly for franchisors (Salazar, et al. v. McDonald’s Corp.). The court decided whether McDonald’s, a franchisor, was liable for wage and hour violations as a joint employer of its franchisee’s employees. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff class […]

10 Oct 19 - Compensation, Hiring - Bianca Saad - No CommentsRead More »

What Employers Should Know About Wage Garnishment

An order to garnish an employee’s wages is not a piece of mail employers should ignore. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law expert Jennifer Shaw to discuss what responsibilities employers have when served with a wage garnishment order for an employee. […]

12 Sep 19 - Compensation - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

Permissible Payroll Rounding Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an opinion letter addressing permissible rounding practices for calculating an employee’s hours worked. In the letter, a government contractor, who is subject to the Service Contract Act (SCA), uses payroll software to calculate wages based on recorded time entries. The software rounds each employee’s daily hours worked […]

24 Jul 19 - Compensation - Bianca Saad - No CommentsRead More »

Ninth Circuit Rejects Nike’s De Minimis Argument for Security Screenings

Even if an off-the-clock task, such as an exit inspection, is less than a minute, the de minimis principle likely does not apply under California law, according to the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit recently revived a class action for unpaid wages under California law against Nike. In Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Servs., Inc., No. […]

22 Jul 19 - Compensation - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »