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Cell Phone Reimbursement Ruling Will Stand

The California Supreme Court recently denied a request to review Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc.; a case in which an appellate court held that employers must reimburse employees who are required to use a personal cell phone to make work-related calls. The lower court’s ruling will now stand. The appellate court ruled that “reimbursement […]

Dec 12 2014 - Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Changes to California Family Rights Act Regulations Could Be Coming

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council is proposing amendments to the California Family Rights Act Regulations. The Council has made further modifications to the proposed amendments and is seeking public comments. Visit the Council’s website for more information, including the text of the proposed amendments and the Initial Statement of Reasons. Written Comments Written […]

Dec 11 2014 - Benefits, FMLA/CFRA - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

IRS Announces 2015 Standard Mileage Rates; Business Rate Increases

On December 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 57.5 […]

Dec 10 2014 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

High Court Rules That Time Spent in Security Screenings Is Not Paid Time Under Federal Law

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, a case involving the issue of whether the time a worker spends in security screenings should be paid time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In a unanimous decision, the Court held that the time spent waiting to […]

Dec 10 2014 - Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Paid Sick Leave Law: A Look at Employer Compliance Options

With the signing of the legislation mandating that employers provide employees with paid sick leave starting July 1, 2015, many employers are questioning what options they have to comply with the new law and how existing or newly adopted employer policies will coordinate with this new mandate. AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-Sherman Heights; Chapter 317) provides […]

Dec 9 2014 - Benefits, Time Off - HRWatchdog Read More »