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2016 Sees Increase in the California Minimum Wage

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California increased about 11 percent, rising from $9/hour to $10/hour. This hike has increased the California minimum wage to $2.75 more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, which has not been increased in more than six years. Commenting on the importance of this minimum wage increase, San Francisco Democrat Mark Leno has explained that: Despite our recovering economy, millions of Californians, many of them children, continue to live in poverty… Full-time […]

Immigrant Workers Gain More Protections with California Laws Aimed at Curbing Employer Threats of Deportation

Governor Jerry Brown previously signed a bill that prohibits California employers from using workers’ immigration status against them in an effort to cheat them out of pay they have earned and/or to otherwise compromise their rights. Providing immigrant workers with new protections, this law specifically made it illegal for California employers to report – or to threaten to report – workers’ immigration status if or when workers have spoken up (or are planning to complain) about: Unsafe working conditions and/or […]

Important Info about New Amendments to the CA Sick Leave Pay Law

As of July 1, 2015, the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (CHWHFA or Act) has been effect in the state. Among other things, this Act requires employers to provide employees with three paid sick days annually, with few exceptions applying. Two weeks after the CHWHFA went into effect, however, Governor Jerry Brown signed an amendment to this Act (AB 304), changing certain provisions of the law. Given that AB 304 is now in effect, below, we will […]

Groundbreaking EEOC Ruling Protects LGBT Workers from Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers have recently been granted new protections at work as a result of a ruling handed down by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on July 16, 2015. The ruling specifically stated that “sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination because it necessarily entails treating an employee less favorably because of the employee’s sex.” Under the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discriminating against employees on the basis of “race, […]

DOL Issues New Guidelines for Employers Regarding Worker Classification

Earlier this month, officials at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new guidelines to help clarify how employers should classify employees versus independent contractors. This issue of misclassifying workers has become increasingly prominent in recent years, as numerous companies have come under fire for misclassifying workers and, in doing so, compromising their rights. Among these companies have been Uber and Lyft, as we pointed out in a recent blog. Why Worker Misclassification Is So Problematic As the DOL explains, […]

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