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Navigating Paying Your Employees During a Natural Disaster

Again, this year we are experiencing more natural disasters, wildfires and power outages in California. As a result, many employers have experienced business closures, lack of power, limited access to technology and related employee health issues. It is important to plan ahead and be prepared.

Accommodating Employees

California employers have an obligation to

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Last week, the US Department of Labor announced an increase to the federal salary threshold for the "white-collar" exemptions from overtime pay. As of January 1, 2020, the weekly salary threshold increases from $455 to $684. If an employee does not meet the exemption requirements, they are eligible for overtime. As 2020 approaches, now is the time to review your exemption classifications and make changes, if necessary.

To be

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The alphabet soup of leave laws in California can be a complex process. FMLA, CFRA, PDL, PFL, PSL -keeping abreast of these and the many other types of leaves, in addition to knowing how they interact with each other can be a challenge to navigate.

Certain leave laws run concurrently while others may be taken in subsequent order. While some leaves provide supplemental wages and job protection, others may provide one but not the other.

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To be pre-tax or to be post-tax, that is the question. At least, that is the question when it comes to payroll deductions. While every payroll deduction can be classified as either pre- or post-tax, how does an employer correctly classify these deductions? While several are classified by IRS regulations, other deductions are a matter of choice.

Pre-tax deductions

Pre-tax deductions allow employees to decrease their taxable

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As we enter the second half of 2019, now is the perfect time for a mid-year checkup of changes that may affect your business.

EEO-1 Pay Data

Companies with over 100 employees are required to report employee demographic information characterized by race/ethnicity, gender, and job category. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will now also be collecting pay data for 2017 and 2018. The deadline for the additional

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How do you feel leaving your dog at home when you go to work in the morning? Does your dog stare at you with sad eyes and beg you to stay with just one look? What if you were able to bring your dog with you to work? What if you allowed your employees to bring their animals to work?

Employers in a variety of industries have adopted policies that allow their employees to bring their fur babies to work. However, there are many factors to

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A change to the use of paid time off while taking a leave that falls under Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations means employers should review and update their applicable leave policies.

Previously, employers could require employees to use any available paid time off during protected leave under the FMLA or CFRA. Due to this change, employers cannot require employees to use available time

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The California minimum wage will reach $15.00 an hour for all employers by January 1, 2023. Until then, Californians will see incremental increases of one dollar per year. Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees increases to $12.00 per hour and $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Even if all your employees make more than minimum wage, there still may be action required.

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