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  • 401(k) Contribution Limits Increase for 2020 November 19, 2019
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance on cost-of-living adjustments affecting contributions to 401(k) plans and other retirement-related items for 2020 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds, triggering their adjustment. However, one key limit remains unchanged. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k) and 403(b) plans increased […]
    Katie Culliton
  • Addressing Workplace Romances After #MeToo November 18, 2019
    The #MeToo movement has shined a much-needed light on unwanted and unwelcome conduct in the workplace, but consensual romantic workplace relationships continue to be a murkier topic for employers. One major fast food chain’s CEO learned recently that even consensual, romantic workplace relationships can get employees into trouble. With most employees having participated in an office […]
    Matthew J. Roberts, Esq.
  • Reference Checks: What Can I Say About a Former Employee? November 14, 2019
    Is an employer prohibited from providing a reason for separation when verifying past employment? No — an employer can provide reasons for separation/termination, but many employers are uncomfortable doing so due to concerns about a lawsuit from a former employee for defamation. Truth is an absolute defense to any claim for defamation but defending such […]
  • Examine Wage Practices: U.S. DOL Recovers Record Amount of Back Wages November 13, 2019
    In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recovered a record $322 million in wages for workers, up from $304 million in FY 2018. The DOL also held more than 3,700 educational outreach events to help employers understand their responsibilities under the law. Employers should examine their wage-and-hour practices to make sure […]
    Katie Culliton
  • New 2020 Local Minimum Wage Ordinances November 12, 2019
    More California cities continue to adopt local minimum wage ordinances (MWO). Three new cities have local minimum wage ordinances beginning January 1, 2020 — Menlo Park, Novato and South San Francisco. Don’t forget, earlier this year, both Sonoma and Petaluma established local minimum wages, which are higher than what is required under California law and […]
    Bianca Saad
  • Veterans Day: Don’t Forget Skills Military Veterans Bring to Workforce November 8, 2019
    Veterans Day is next Monday, November 11. As we recognize and thank the brave men and women in the armed forces, we also recognize the value of the skills and expertise veterans bring to the workplace each day. California is home to approximately 1.6 million veterans — the highest veteran population of any state in […]
    Vannessa Maravilla
  • Roadmap for AB 5: California’s New Worker Classification Law Free White Paper November 7, 2019
    In September, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) — and significantly altered the way California law distinguishes between employees and independent contractors. AB 5 did two things: First, it codified the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, 4 Cal. 5th 903 (2018) (Dynamex); […]
  • Most Common Medical Leaves Questions Podcast November 6, 2019
    The employment law experts at the California Chamber of Commerce field more than 1,600 calls on workplaces issues a month. And that’s on top of the inquiries sent their way at human resources seminars and other events. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber […]
  • New 2020 Exempt Classification Rates November 5, 2019
    California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. The new rates take effect January 1, 2020. For the computer software employees’ exemption: The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $46.55 from its previous rate of $45.41; The minimum monthly salary increased […]
    Katie Culliton
  • EEOC Pay Data Update: Component 2 Collection Continues November 4, 2019
    Just when you thought it was over, they pull you back in! A recent court order means the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will continue to collect Component 2 data (also known as pay data) until they reach an acceptable reporting threshold or January 31, 2020, whichever is first. As previously reported, the EEOC filed […]
    Bianca Saad