There were several significant new laws passed last year in California; however, about 100 were left unsigned. We are highlighting a few that have the potential to pass and impact your workplace in 2017.
In 2016 Governor Brown vetoed S.B. 1166, the New Parent Leave Act, which would have required employers with 20-49 employees to provide mothers and fathers up to 12 weeks of job-protected baby-bonding leave. A similar bill S.B. 63 is back
A jury in California awarded Apple Inc. retail workers with a $2 million dollar settlement for meal break violations.
According to the meal break claim, Apple did not allow their retail employees to take their unpaid meal break and were found to have a uniform scheduling practice that failed to allow their retail employees to take their meal break before the end of their fifth hour.
California law requires employers to provide hourly
Employers across the country were relieved by the preliminary injunction halting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) rule to increase the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees from $455 a week to $913 per week. This injunction does not impact your State mandated minimum wage increase(s) that go into effect on January 1, 2017.
If you are a California employer with 26 or more employees the new hourly minimum wage increases to $10.50.
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (UCIS) released the revised version of Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Form. Employers may begin using the new I-9 form immediately, but must discontinue the use of the old form, dated March 8, 2013, no later than January 22, 2017. Employers are required to verify the identity and work eligibility of every person within three days of an employee’s start date.
The updated form has features
The Federal overtime ruling is on hold...for now!
A federal judge in Texas just gave employers a gift to be thankful for on November 22, 2016. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay has been placed on hold. The overtime rule will not take effect as scheduled on December 1, but may be implemented at some