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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…

Legal Watch

October 4, 2013 Legal Watch

Trends and Research

CareerBuilder: Some Employers Still Plan to Hire Temporary or Contract Employees in Q4
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Gender pay gap grows in California

Central Valley Business Journal….. The gap between what men and women earn is growing in California, despite the focus it has received recently. According to data released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual Read More…

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. Increased in March

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increased in March

Third consecutive monthly increase; Accelerated Growth Likely This Summer

NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.8 percent in March to 100.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in February, and a 0.2 percent increase in January. Read More…

Survey Identifies Top 10 Hardest Jobs To Fill

ManpowerGroup survey identifies top 10 hardest jobs to fill

MILWAUKEE, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world’s workforce expert, today released the company’s ninth annual Talent Shortage Survey results, revealing global employers continue to be plagued by talent shortages.

ManpowerGroup’s survey of more than 37,000 employers in 42 countries and territories found that 36 percent of global employers are having difficulty finding candidates with the right skills to fill open positions. Read More…

National Origin Discrimination in Employment

Rev. June 2014

Citizenship/Immigration Status and National Origin Discrimination in Employment

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) works to ensure that employers do not discriminate against employment-authorized individuals based on their citizenship or immigration status or based on their national origin in violation of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Read More…

Undocumented immigrants flooding DMV offices

Starting Jan. 1, undocumented immigrants were officially able to apply for driver’s licenses in the state of California. That is resulting in a large influx of applicants streaming into DMV office across the state. More than 1 million immigrants Read More…

Wages Show Signs of Picking Up as U.S. Job Market Improves

American job market shows signs of entering a new stage that will bolster households as employers fight to retain and attract workers by paying them more.

Wages for private-sector employees climbed 0.7 percent in the first quarter and were up 2.8 percent in the 12 months through March, the biggest gain in more than six years, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The agency also said the number of claims for jobless benefits declined last week to the lowest level since 2000. Read More…

Governor signs farm worker overtime bill

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed AB 1066 which changes the way farm workers are paid overtime.

The new law will begin phasing in at the beginning of 2017. It will end the 10-hour work day, 60- hour work week threshold workers had to meet to be eligible for overtime pay at agricultural operations.

Under the new law, farm workers will get overtime after working eight hours a day or 40 hours in a single week. Read More…

Quest Industries delivers artisan quality bottles on large scale

STOCKTON — Quest Industries, located near Stockton Metropolitan Airport, is making a name for itself in the beverage world. The company received the award for most innovative wine packaging at the Wines and Vines packaging conference in Yountville in August.

The company created labeling for Lodi’s Reed Vineyard using a technology it perfected called mask spray. Read More…

California’s unemployment rate unchanged at 9.8 percent

California gained 327,400 payroll jobs in 2012


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…

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…

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…

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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Employers GSEAC Seminar

Workers’ Compensation
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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…

December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements

New Safety Training Required by December 1

By Mel Davis, Cal/OSHA Adviser; CalChamber Labor Law Helpline

Employers should be aware of a regulatory change in California that will create a new training requirement.
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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…

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…

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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