It all started with the proverbial water cooler, and grew from there. These days employers commonly offer a space for their employees to take meal and rest breaks and may offer amenities such as a refrigerator, microwave, and communal utensils, plates and glasses for employee use. Throughout the day, these spaces are filled with employees…

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**UPDATE** These rules have been amended. See this post for latest updates. One of the most complicated factors for California employers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been the patchwork quilt of lengthy, confusing, and sometimes contradictory laws dealing with paid sick leave. As we reported previously, on March 27, 2020, the City of Los…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, more employees have been laid off or furloughed than ever before, with many more likely still to come. But for businesses still operating, whether at full or reduced capacity, human resources employees are still working and ready to handle the unique challenges facing employers during this time. If you are an…

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In a decision issued Thursday, March 12, 2020, the California Supreme Court ruled that individual settlement of claims for violations of California’s Labor Code does not preclude an employee from subsequently pursuing remedies under California’s Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). This decision, Kim v. Reins International California, Inc., is incredibly disappointing for California employers seeking…

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Category: New California Laws,

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed white-collar overtime exemption rule that would set the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees at $35,308 per year – about $679 per week – and for highly compensated employees at $147,414 per year. The…

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Category: Wage-Hour,