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Feds Take Action on Immigration-Related Issues

A surge of enforcement activity from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) should reinforce to employers that it’s unlawful to discriminate against new hires during the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process. The DOJ has already settled seven cases in Fiscal Year 2014 involving immigration-related discrimination. The DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair […]

May 9 2014 - Discrimination, Form I-9, Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Updated COBRA Notices Available

The White House recently updated model notices informing workers of their eligibility to continue health care coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). The updates were made to add language informing workers that if they are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage when leaving a job, they may choose to instead purchase coverage through […]

May 7 2014 - COBRA, Posters and Notices, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Mandatory Poster and Pamphlet Changes Take Effect July 1, 2014

California and federal laws require employers to post and hand out the most current employment notices, even if you only have one employee in California. Not informing employees of their rights in the workplace can result in costly lawsuits and fines. Be ready to meet these mandatory July 1 compliance requirements in time: Post a […]

May 5 2014 - Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave, Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »

First High Heat Advisory of 2014

Employers with outdoor workers are reminded to comply with California’s stringent heat illness standard. High temperatures this week throughout California led Cal/OSHA to issue its first high heat advisory of 2014. “Early in the season, especially as the temperatures spike, all workers, regardless of fitness, should be given the opportunity to acclimatize to handle heat […]

May 2 2014 - Health and Safety, Heat Illness - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

CalChamber Joins Launch of Wage Theft Education Campaign

The California Chamber of Commerce joined California Labor commissioner Julie A. Su and the California Labor Federation yesterday in announcing the start of a statewide, multilingual campaign to educate workers and employers about wage theft. Featuring the slogan “Wage Theft is a Crime,” the campaign illustrates how workers in low-wage industries — including agriculture, garment, […]

May 1 2014 - Compensation, Exempt/Nonexempt, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »