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Dec 19 2014

CALIFORNIA: Jury awards $185M for sex and pregnancy discrimination

A record-setting verdict for $185 million in punitive damages and $872,000 in compensatory damages has been awarded by a jury after finding that the employer had allowed sex discrimination to permeate the company.

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Dec 03 2014
Q&ALeave Laws

Choose the FMLA leave year wisely or you could be allowing double usage

Q: Can an employee be eligible for 12 weeks of parental leave, twice in a row, for the same baby under FMLA?

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Nov 10 2014
Q&ALeave Laws

How does California’s new sick leave law impact PTO policies?

Q: We have a PTO policy, which offers employees paid time off for a variety of reasons including sickness. Does our policy comply with California’s new sick leave law?

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Oct 10 2014
Employee BenefitsWage and Hour

CALIFORNIA: Governor signs more 2014 legislation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed more bills into law from the 2013-2014 regular legislative session.

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Oct 07 2014

CALIFORNIA: New workplace bullying training required

Starting January 1, 2015, employers in California with 50 or more employees must include training on preventing “abusive conduct” as part of the currently required sexual harassment training for supervisors.

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Oct 06 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Reimbursement for Business Use of Personal Phones is a Must

Although many employees have “unlimited” minutes on their cell phone plans, employers must reimburse for the cost of a personal phone if it’s required to be used for work, as emphasized by a recent case in California. Employees of a food delivery company were required to use their personal cell phones for business, but were not reimbursed for their expenses.

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Sep 16 2014
Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: California adopts mandatory paid sick leave

On September 10, Governor Brown signed into law the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” (AB 1522) granting paid sick leave to virtually all employees in the state. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015.

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Sep 08 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Piece rate compensation systems under more attacks in California

Discussions with wage and hour enforcers indicate that paying for rest periods under a piece rate compensation system in California is even more complicated than we previously believed.

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Sep 02 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: San Diego to require paid sick leave and raise minimum wage

The San Diego City Council overrode the mayor’s veto on August 18, 2014, to pass an ordinance that will require employers in the City to offer paid sick leave and pay minimum wages at a new scale.

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