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California Cities Consider Minimum Wage Increases

This week alone three cities, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco, tackled the issue of raising the minimum wage within city limits. Yesterday, Oakland’s City Council rejected a plan calling for a gradual increase of the city’s minimum wage for nonprofits and small businesses. The rejected ordinance proposed a minimum wage increase to $12.25 per […]

Jul 30 2014 - Compensation, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

‘Job Killer’ Bills to Be Considered by Senate Fiscal Committee​​​​​

The Senate fiscal committee is scheduled to consider a number of California Chamber of Commerce-opposed “job killer” bills when legislators return to Sacramento on Monday. These “job killer” bills are on the August 4 hearing schedule for the Senate Appropriations Committee: AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Paid Sick Leave. Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers, […]

Jul 29 2014 - Benefits, Time Off, Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »

Don’t Leave Your Compliance to Chance

Managing leaves of absence can be daunting for anyone who handles HR, especially since California has some very unique leave laws. Questions also arise from the interplay between California and federal rules for required and optional leaves of absence. To avoid costly litigation, it’s essential to understand various types of leaves and any state and […]

Jul 28 2014 - Time Off - HRWatchdog Read More »

Executive Survey Reflects Concern Over Agency Enforcement

Employers said they worry about how continuing enforcement efforts and reforms from federal agencies will affect the workplace, according to a July 2014 report from Littler Mendelson. In the law firm’s third annual Executive Employer Survey, more than 56 percent of surveyed employers cited concern with rulemaking and enhanced enforcement from various federal agencies, including […]

Jul 25 2014 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Governor Signs Bill to Help Victims of Underground Economy​

Legislation supported by the California Chamber of Commerce to assist victims of the underground economy was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on July 21, 2014. AB 1746 (Alejo; D-Salinas) expedites hearings for injured employees of employers that are illegally operating without workers’ compensation insurance. The expedited hearings with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) will help to […]

Jul 23 2014 - Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »