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Oct 07 2014
Wage and HourWorkers’ Comp

WASHINGTON: L&I announces 2015 workers’ comp rate increase

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has announced an average proposed 1.8 percent rate increase in workers’ compensation rates effective January 1, 2015, pointing out that the proposal is just under the current rate of wage inflation of 2 percent.

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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 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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Aug 19 2014
Wage and Hour  

Failing to pay for pre-shift meetings carries a $600K price tag

An oil company has agreed to pay $619,830 in back wages and overtime after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor discovered the company failed to pay employees for mandatory pre-shift safety meetings that lasted 30 minutes.

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Jul 17 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Minimum wage for exempt workers increased July 1, 2014

In order for a professional, administrative, or executive employee to be exempt from overtime in California, the minimum annual salary must be at least $37,440 as of July 1, 2014.

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Jun 24 2014
Wage and Hour  

Class action claim for final pay violations allowed to proceed

A former PetSmart groomer has been given the green light to proceed with her class action lawsuit alleging that PetSmart’s practice of paying departing employees with a prepaid ATM card was a violation of the California Labor Code.

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Jun 20 2014
Labor RelationsWage and Hour  

Employee’s outburst protected despite threats and profanity

A car dealership terminated a car salesman who, during an outburst, hurled expletives and insults toward the owner of the dealership, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the salesman was engaging in protected “concerted activity.”

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May 27 2014
Wage and Hour

Establish proper work agreement for employees residing on worksite (CA)

For employees living on the work premises, the employer should have a written agreement clarifying which of the employee’s hours are paid and which hours are unpaid; otherwise, all 24 hours per day may be compensable

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