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10 Tips to Comply with Upcoming Sick Pay Mandate

Mandatory sick pay is coming to California. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 will obligate employers in California to offer sick pay to nearly every category of employee.


Significant Employment Bills Still Pending in Legislature

A number of significant employment-related bills are advancing in the California legislature, including one that would increase California’s minimum wage beyond the already contemplated 2016 increase and to $13 per hour by 2017. 


Los Angeles City Council Votes to Increase Minimum Wage to $15
The Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15. The council voted 14-1 to phase in the wage increase over five year
Researchers have concluded that California’s law governing minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios improves safety for nurses. California is the only state with such a law, which went into effect in 2004.
A 64-year-old engineer filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against Google in federal court in California, seeking to form a class action of workers age 40 and over who allege they were denied a chance to work at the tech company because of their age.
Plan Documents Govern Discretion to Deny Claims
The district court erred in reviewing for an abuse of discretion IBM's denial of a claim for disability benefits when the summary plan description conferred discretionary authority on the plan administrator but a governing plan document did not, according to the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over California. 
California Drought: How HR Can Help
HR professionals can take a leading role in helping organizations comply with the spirit of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order to encourage water conservation in the face of the state’s drought, according to an attorney.
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires large retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in California to publicly disclose their efforts to eradicate forced labor from their direct supply chains. The California Department of Justice is moving toward enforcement by sending letters to companies believed to fall within the act, reminding them of the act’s requirements.
California Revises Regulations on Family and Medical Leave
On July 1, 2015, updates to the California Family Rights Act will take effect. The changes will better align California’s rules with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act regulations.
Three officials with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Society’s California State Council (CalSHRM) testified before the California State Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment in support of two pieces of HR-related legislation.
Court Rejects Application of FLSA to Security Screenings Under California Law
A California district court struck a strong blow against any argument that the exclusion for the time an employee spends undergoing post-shift security screenings from their hours worked under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) also applies to similar claims under California’s wage and hour laws.
What HR Professionals Need To Know About Telecommuting
California’s harsh wage and hour laws, including daily pay requirements and mandated meal and rest breaks, discourage employers from allowing workers to telecommute, according to an attorney.

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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:
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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.

The Employee Benefits Landscape
How do California employers compare with national averages in benefits offerings? Survey data of 300 benefits are reported in 11 areas. 


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