California Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary Increases Go Into Effect On January 1, 2019

Wage & Hour Issues

December 11th, 2018

California Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary Increases Go Into Effect On January 1, 2019

Wage & Hour Issues

California’s minimum wage will eventually reach $15 per hour in 2022, with an increase occurring every January 1st until then. The schedule of increases depends on the size of your business. California businesses with 26 or more employees will reach $15 per hour in 2022, and businesses with 25 or fewer employees will have until 2023 to reach the $15 per hour rate.

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October 14th, 2018

The Importance of Having Written Employment Policies

Application & Hiring, CA Employee Handbooks, Harassment & Discrimination, Leaves of Absence, Meal & Rest Breaks, Paid Sick Leave, Personnel Files, Reasonable Accommodation, Wage & Hour Issues

I was recently retained by a new client to defend the company against wage and hour charges brought by a former employee that were filed with the California Labor Commissioner’s office. As I do whenever I get a new client, I asked if they had an employee handbook or other written personnel policies. Unfortunately, they did not. This makes it much more difficult to defend against employment claims brought by employees. The failure to have written policies may be taken as evidence that you do not comply with your legal obligations.

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May 9th, 2018

California Supreme Court Alters Legal Landscape for Employers That Work with Independent Contractors

Uncategorised, Wage & Hour Issues

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a sweeping decision adopting a new test that will make it much harder for companies to show that workers qualify as independent contractors instead of employees.  The ruling affects all companies in California that work with independent contractors, which includes freelance workers and outside consultants. The Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles may end up requiring companies that work with independent contractors to follow wage and hour laws that apply in the typical employer-employee relationship.

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