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Updated: DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule

Jul 20, 2017 10:53:40 PM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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Update as of July 21, 2017: Under the leadership of new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, the Department of Labor signaled last month that it will drop its defense of the new overtime rule.

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New Compliance Requirements for 2017

Jan 5, 2017 3:41:17 PM / by Tacha Merritt posted in Affordable Care Act, hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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With a new year comes new compliance obligations for employers. Here are some of the most important State, local, and federal updates for employers to be aware of in 2017.

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Federal Contractors Sick Leave Requirement

Oct 5, 2016 3:13:06 PM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule establishing 56 hours (or 7 days) of paid sick leave annually for certain federal contractors. The final rule implements an Executive Order originally signed by President Barack Obama in September 2015, providing covered employees with time off to care for themselves or a family member, or absences as they relate to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

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July 1 Increases to San Francisco and Other Local Wages

Jun 27, 2016 3:00:10 PM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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Increase to Workers' Compensation Temporary Total Disability Rates

Jun 22, 2016 1:56:32 PM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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The California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) recently announced that there will be an increase to the current temporary total disability (TTD) minimum and maximum rates, effective January 1, 2017. The minimum and maximum TTD rates will increase to $175.88 and $1172.57 respectively - an increase of just about 3.9% over the current rates.

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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase SDI & PFL Benefits

Apr 28, 2016 8:36:49 AM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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Governor Brown recently signed legislation that will increase California’s State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits by the year 2018.

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Amendments to FEHA Regulations

Mar 22, 2016 1:43:25 PM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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Required Updates to Company Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention Policies

Effective April 1, 2016, California employers will be required to meet revised Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations on harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

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California Labor Law Updates for 2016

Dec 30, 2015 11:02:39 AM / by Tacha Merritt posted in hr compliance, Front Page Post, Tacha Merritt

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The start of the new year ushers in several pertinent changes to labor and employment law.  Employers should evaluate workplace policies and practices now to ensure compliance with these updates in 2016.

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The Fair Pay Act: Expanded Protection for California Employees

Oct 26, 2015 8:38:51 AM / by Tacha Merritt posted in California Employees, California Employers, close the gender wage gap, employer pay decisions, Fair Pay Act, gender wage gap, hr compliance, Tacha Merritt

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In an effort to further close the gender wage gap, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Fair Pay Act on October 6, 2015.  The Act enhances existing law by putting more stringent requirements on employer pay decisions.  As of January 1, 2016, the Act will apply to all private and public businesses in the state of California.

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