The California Labor Commissioner’s Office secured $1.7 million in assets from the owners of a Bay Area restaurant chain, Mango Garden, to pay 56 workers who were victims of “wage theft.”
Large sexual harassment awards are not going away anytime soon, as demonstrated by a recent verdict out of Los Angeles. A jury awarded over $11 million dollars to two winery employees.
As the government shutdown continues due to disagreements between Congress and the Trump Administration, several services are impacted and may affect workplace employment-related issues. Read on to see what’s impacted and what's not.
Have you ever encountered a problem and found that a previous action has now set a precedent for your future action? In plain language, “you probably just shot yourself in the foot!”
In California, all employers have workplace posting obligations. Between the state and federal requirements, California employers must post a total of 18 state and federal employment law notices.
The Department of Industrial Relations has issued a notice reminding employers of the upcoming minimum wage increases. Under legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time, California’s minimum wage will increase on January 1 to $12 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more and to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
The IRS has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rate, with a significant increase for the new year. The optional standard mileage rate is used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
A new law for next year, SB 1343, requires that all employers of 5 or more employees provide 1 hour of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees by January 1, 2020.
Small Business California (SB-CA) has announced their annual survey is now open to small business owners throughout the state. This survey is used to develop an action plan addressing concerns that were brought up to build a stronger small business community.
When it comes to preventing workplace harassment, a recent study by SHRM has mixed reviews. While there is some progress, there is also an absence of an overall cultural shift. For instance, two-thirds of executives have not changed their behaviors at all.
Cal/OSHA recently adopted emergency regulations requiring certain employers in California to electronically submit their 2017 Form 300A summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses to federal OSHA by December 31, 2018.
The state minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2019, to $12 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11 an hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Because of this, the minimum salary for the administrative, professional and executive exemptions will also increase.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported. Oftentimes this occurs because the would-be-reporter is afraid of retaliation. In other words, the ‘kill the messenger’ syndrome is alive and well in bullying, as it is in sexual harassment.
Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2018, and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s what employers need to know.
A new law, AB 1976, effective January 2019, will require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a private area to pump that is not a bathroom.
Halloween is just around the corner and you may be thinking about an office celebration. If you decide to celebrate, what’s the best way to do so and avoid any Halloween workplace horror stories?
The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a federal tax credit to eligible employers that voluntarily provide paid family and medical leave to their employees.
The #MeToo movement has renewed attention on sexual harassment in the workplace and California has passed several anti-harassment laws this year.
Research reveals two primary drivers of behavior when it comes to employee retention: practical elements and personal experiences.
Starting January 1, 2019, employers cannot be sued by employees (or former employees) who are subject to sexual harassment complaints in the workplace.
The EEOC released an informal letter to remind employers that they need to keep applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing in mind when extending invitations for digital interviews.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) reached a settlement in a religious discrimination case with a WingStop Franchise in San Diego.
A new Korn Ferry survey shows 40% of women professionals said they’ve missed a promotion or an opportunity simply because they’re female.
Many employers hiring in the second half of 2018 are expecting to offer higher salaries and various perks to attract and keep the talent they need.
A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 57% of the nation's workforce believe they are overweight, and 45% believe they've gained weight at their present job.
Taco Bell was sued for offering its employees a discount on food, but recently won the case when the Ninth Circuit ruled that Taco Bell did not violate California’s meal break laws.
California poster and pamphlet updates are like Beyonce, the hits just keep coming!
Once an immediate crisis has passed, survivors have a lot of rebuilding to do and are now expected to adapt to a “new normal” both at home and at work.
Did you hear about the Supreme Court ruling “Janus vs. AFSCME” (6/27/18)?