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Workplace Postings

California employers with 20+ employees are required to display a new poster starting today – April 1, 2019. The new poster is entitled “Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave” and it provides an overview of employee rights under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the New Parent Leave Act (“NPLA”) and Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”). Read More…

2019 Minimum Wage Changes

Minimum Wage

Although there are some exceptions, almost all employees in California must be paid the minimum wage as required by state law. Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for all industries will be increased yearly. From January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase for employers employing 26 or more employees. This increase will be delayed one year for employers employing 25 or fewer employees, from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2023. The scheduled increases may be temporarily suspended by the Governor, based on certain determinations. Read More…

Rest Periods


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California minimum wage increase affects local business

December 12, 2017
Business Journal Writer

Jan. 1 marks the next mandatory wage increase in California, with a rise to $10.50 for businesses with 25 or less employees and $11 for companies with 26 employees or more. For small business owners in the Central Valley the increase makes a big impact.
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New Employment Laws for 2018

A.B. 168: Salary History Inquiries. Employers will no longer be able to ask a job applicant about his or her current or prior salaries (earnings). Additionally, employers will have to provide the pay scale for a position if an applicant requests that information. Read More…

IRS Mileage Rates for 2017 Announced

Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 54 cents in 2016).
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 19 cents in 2016).
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (same as 2016).
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Protecting Temporary Agency Employees

Safety & Health Factsheet

Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch Division of Occupational Safety and Health

Temporary agency employees work for a “host employer” but are on the payroll of a “primary employer.” Read More…

Employers GSEAC Seminar

Workers’ Compensation
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California Paid Sick Leave- What’s new in 2015


General Summary – Starting July 1, 2015, all California employers, regardless of size, are required to provide paid sick leave for any employee (part-time, full-time, exempt and non-exempt) who works in California for 30 or more days within a year.[1] The new law does not interfere with employer practices that are more generous to employees, but does contain numerous detailed parameters, which set the minimum requirements for employers. Read More…

Hispanics Will Account for More Than 40 Percent of the Increase in U.S. Employment

Hispanics Will Account for More Than 40 Percent of the Increase in U.S. Employment in the Next Five Years, IHS Study Says By Published: Feb 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. ET Share of job growth will rise to more than 75 percent from 2020 to 2034
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New Employment Laws – 2015

AB 2074

  • Increases the amount of liquidated damages that an employee may obtain in a minimum wage violation lawsuit.
  • Clarifies that a claim for liquidated damages can be brought any time within 3 years of the violation, which now allows employees to recover 3 years of interest on the unpaid wages instead of 1.
  • Applies retrospectively to civil actions commencing on or after January 1, 1992.
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An Overview of New 2015 Laws

An overview of new 2015 Laws affecting California employers
By: CalChamber Employment Law Counsel

California enacted many new laws that will affect the day-to-day operations, practices and policies of California businesses in 2015. Some of the new laws for 2015, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to California’s legal landscape. Other new laws make changes to different parts of existing law or may only affect employers in specified industries, such as farming. Unless specified, all new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2015. This white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new laws from the California Legislature. For a full discussion of the new 2015 employment laws, CalChamber members can visit HR California Extra’s New Laws for 2015 page. Read More…

Warehouse, Labor Crunch


October 2, 2014


Warehouse, DC labor crunch approaching crisis levels at worst time, survey finds

ProLogistix reports tightest job market since 2007. By Mark B. Solomon Read More…

Positive Drug Tests on the Rise

Sep 23 2014 Gail Cecchettini Whaley

The percentage of American workers testing positive for drugs has increased for the first time in more than a decade, driven by increases in marijuana and amphetamine use, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics. Read More…

SICK LEAVE- New Law Summary



This new law requires that all employers provide a sick leave benefit to all employees who have been employed for at least 30 days. The bill does not take effect until July 1, 2015.The State will be issuing regulations on implementation of this law. There are a number of questions still to be answered. Following are major provisions of the law, as I understand them at this time: Read More…

The Fastest Growing, Top Paying Temp Jobs in 2014

HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwired – August 07, 2014) – What are the hottest, fastest growing and best paying temp jobs? From manufacturing and transportation, to business and healthcare services, companies all over the country are in high demand for temporary employees across various industries and job-types.

Many of these fast growing opportunities not only offer higher wages, but also substantial career growth. Due to the tight labor market and hard to fill positions, many HR departments are outsourcing temporary staffing companies like Link Staffing Services to fill these positions for them. Read More…


Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. As you plan your 2014 safety calendar, please join the Council and thousands of organizations across the country to reduce risk of the following safety issues: Read More…

OSHA Releases Temporary Worker Record-Keeping Bulletin

OSHA Releases Temporary Worker Record-Keeping Bulletin Washington, DC ( – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for injury recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The bulletin explains the requirements for both the Read More…

2014 New Employment Laws for California Employers

The following is a summary of new laws for 2014 that affect California employers operations and policies. Unless otherwise indicated, all new legislation went into effect on January 1, 2014. Should you have any questions about these laws, or any other employment related matters, feel free to contact Stacy Henderson at (209) 599-5003 or Read More…

New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage

PART A: General Information

When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. To assist you as you evaluate options for you and your family, this notice provides some basic information about the new Marketplace. Read More…

California Minimum Wage Poised to Reach $10 an Hour

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

Washington state currently has the top minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, an amount that is pegged to rise with inflation. Some cities, including San Francisco, have slightly higher minimum wages. Read More…

U.S. Extends Family Leave to Same-Sex Spouses

Department of Labor Extends Family Medical Leave Act Coverage to Same-Sex, Non-Traditional Parents By SEAN HIGGINS | AUGUST 13, 2013 AT 9:55 AM Read More…

Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years

By Lorraine Woellert – Aug 1, 2013 5:48 AM PT

Applications (INJCJC) for unemployment insurance payments declined by 19,000 to 326,000 in the week ended July 27, the fewest since January 2008, from a revised 345,000 the prior week, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 345,000. A government analyst said no states were estimated, and the data were still being influenced by the auto plant shutdowns that play havoc with the figures at this time of year. Read More…

Legal Watch

DOL Publishes Model Employer Reporting Requirement Notices Under ACA

American Staffing Association (05/16/13) Toby Malara

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California’s unemployment rate unchanged at 9.8 percent

California gained 327,400 payroll jobs in 2012


Have you updated your Employee Handbook?

When was the last time you updated your employee handbook? Recent guidance from the EEOC on social media and applicant criminal backgrounds are but two reasons you may want to review the policies in your employee handbook. Making sure your policies reflect current practices is also important. For example, have you changed your holidays, benefits, paydays, or other practices since your handbook was last reviewed? Employee handbooks can be valuable for employers and employees alike. Handbooks should be welcoming, written in easily understood language instead of legalese, and clearly define employee rights and responsibilities. Done poorly, however, employee handbooks can create liability and confusion. Read More…

Improving Employee Morale

“Money can’t buy happiness” isn’t a cliché when it comes to improving morale around the office. In these precarious times, when many organizations are tightening their belts, it is critical to know how to engage and reward employees without spending an arm and a leg. Read More…

Should Employees Take A Vacation?

So why do employees need a vacation? The simple answer is rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Most of us probably remember to plug in our laptops, tablets and smart phones before going to bed every night. Unfortunately, we don’t have a built-in “low battery” sensor to warn us when it’s time to recharge our own body. Read More…


People in every workplace talk about building the team, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team. Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself. It has a lot to do with your understanding of the mission or objectives of your organization. Read More…

Safety Reminder – Heat Kills

Heat illness includes heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Workers have died or suffered serious health problems from these conditions. Heat illness can be prevented. Know the symptoms of heat illness. Watch for symptoms in yourself and coworkers. Read More…
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