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New Mandatory Poster on Transgender Rights for California Workplaces

California passed a new law (SB 396) that requires all California employers to post a “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” poster starting January 1, 2018. The new...

2018 401k Contribution Limits Rise

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting 401(k) pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018 — including an increase...

New 2018 Exempt Classification Rates

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. The new rates take...

Payroll Tax Deduction Rates Will Rise in 2018

For 2018, the Social Security Administration announced that the Social Security taxable wage base will rise by $1,500 — from $127,200 to $128,700 maximum...

Unemployment Assistance Benefits Available for Workers Affected by Wildfires

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers and self-employed individuals who lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as...

What Employers Should Know About Emergencies and the Workplace

In light of various emergencies and disasters throughout the state, the California Chamber of Commerce is educating employers about a few things they should...

ACA: IRS Releases 2017 Reporting Forms

With no changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the horizon, employers must remember their reporting requirements. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently...

Do California Employers Need to Worry About Federal Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements?

California employers have many questions about whether the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting requirements currently apply to them.  The short...

Veterans Reporting Deadline Approaching

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) prohibits covered federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against protected veterans and requires these employers to...

Stick a Fork in It —The Federal Overtime Rule is Really Over

Last week, a federal judge in Texas struck down the federal overtime rule, putting an end to this controversial proposal from the prior administration that would...

EEO Reporting: Requirement to Collect Pay Data by Race and Gender Halted

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued an immediate stay of a rule that would have required private employers with...

Rigid Disability Leave Policy Results in $2 Million Settlement

Inflexible disability leave policies that fail to assess the individual needs of the employee can lead to liability, as a recent $2 million settlement demonstrates. This...

$10.5 Million Settlement in Minority Hiring Case

The nationwide outdoor equipment chain Bass Pro Outdoor World (Bass Pro) will pay $10.5 million to settle a hiring discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the...
Federal Update

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Input on Federal Overtime Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking comments on the federal overtime rule, which defines who is exempt from minimum wage and overtime...

Veterans Reporting Opens Soon

The 2017 Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) filing season starts August 1, 2017, and the filing deadline is September 30, 2017. Federal contractors and...

New Form I-9 Released, Again

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification this week. The new version bears a revision...

California Employers: Don’t Forget About New Domestic Violence Notice

If you have 25 or more employees, you now must provide new employees with a written notice about the rights of victims of domestic violence,...

Federal Court: Current Drug Use Not Protected Under Disabilities Act

A recent federal court decision is a good reminder that applicants or employees who currently use illegal drugs or marijuana or abuse alcohol are not protected...

July 1 Brings Changes to Local Ordinances

Throughout California, local cities and counties are passing ordinances relating to minimum wage, paid sick leave, criminal background checks, employee scheduling and more. Minimum Wage...

California Supreme Court Answers ‘One Day’s Rest in Seven’ Questions

Under California law, employees are entitled to “one day’s rest in seven.” But what, exactly, does that mean? On May 8, the California Supreme Court...