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New Calif. Fair Pay Law Is Toughest in Nation

A new California law that will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, will shift to employers the burden of showing that any differences in pay between the sexes are due to seniority, education, a merit system or other acceptable factors. It will be the toughest fair-pay law in the country.


Paystub Violations No Longer a Payday Under PAGA
California employers are often sued for technical errors contained in wage statements due to the hefty penalties attached for noncompliance. A new law makes paystub violations “curable,” giving employers 33 days to fix errors before they can be sued.


Companies Can Minimize Risk of Costly Misclassification Suits

Lawsuits recently filed in Pennsylvania and California allege that Uber drivers were cheated out of reimbursement for expenses and tips as a result of being misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. Three food delivery companies in California also were recently sued for misclassifying their workers. These lawsuits can be very expensive to defend, but companies can take steps to minimize their risk exposure.


Employer Beware: 12 California Labor Code Requirements You Don’t Even Know Exist

Most employers in California are likely aware of the state’s requirements concerning meal and rest breaks, overtime and final pay. What many California employers do not know about are the many more obscure requirements under the California Labor Code. And regardless of how small or incidental, every rule can lead to a violation.


Right to Bring Representative PAGA Claims in California Cannot Be Waived
While class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable, the right to bring representative claims under the state Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) cannot be waived, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over California ruled. PAGA authorizes an employee to bring an action for civil penalties on behalf of the state against his or her employer for Labor Code violations, with most of the proceeds of that litigation going to the state.  

New Calif. Website Details Costs, Quality of Medical Procedures
A new consumer website was unveiled by the California Department of Insurance to help Californians better shop for health care based on both quality and price. The site, California Healthcare Compare, was created by UC-San Francisco researchers and Consumer Reports for the state insurance agency with a federal grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

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The Employee Benefits Landscape
How do California employers compare with national averages in benefits offerings? Survey data of more than 300 benefits are reported in 10 areas. 

Employee Benefits Strategies
The purpose of the Employee Benefits Strategies series is to identify the benefits California organizations provide to their employees and determine if they leverage these benefits for recruitment and retention. In this research, California data are compared with national data.

Metro Economic Outlooks
SHRM’s Metro Economic Outlook reports provide comprehensive analysis of the economies of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Click below for reports on:
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego

The Ongoing Impact of the Recession
These survey findings look at differences between California and the U.S. in financial health, hiring, recruiting, and the skills gap.


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