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California Supreme Court: Refusal to Sign Disciplinary Document No Bar to UI Claim

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that an employee’s refusal to sign a disciplinary notice confirming receipt was not misconduct but was “at most, a good faith error in judgment” that did not disqualify him from receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Under the Unemployment Insurance Code, an individual is ineligible for UI benefits if […]

Jul 7 2014 - Benefits, Termination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Independence Day and Holiday Pay

Is the Fourth of July a paid holiday for your employees? Or is the holiday unpaid? California law does not require that an employer provide its employees with paid holidays, that it close its business on any holiday, or that employees be given the day off for any particular holiday. It’s really up to your company […]

Jul 3 2014 - Benefits, Holiday Pay - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Comment Period Open: Federal Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order which would establish a minimum wage for work performed by parties that contract with the federal government. The Executive Order would raise the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered federal contracts to: $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and […]

Jul 2 2014 - Compensation, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Knocks Down Union Fees in Limited Decision

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Illinois state homecare workers who do not want to join or support a union can’t be forced to pay compulsory union dues. In Harris v. Quinn, a 5-4 Court ruled that the compulsory union dues were a violation of First Amendment free speech rights. The Court’s ruling […]

Jul 1 2014 - Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Mid-Year HRCalifornia Update

Several laws signed last year will take effect on July 1, including the upcoming California minimum wage increase. On July 1, HRCalifornia will be updated to provide information on these new laws to CalChamber members. We will make the necessary updates to the HR Library, forms, quizzes, wizards and other HRCalifornia tools. The website will be fully […]

Jun 30 2014 - Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave, Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »