Should Your Business Apply for California’s New Tax-Incentive Program?
The California Competes Tax Credit program is open to businesses in any industry, and of any size. To receive a tax credit, employers must show specifically how they can benefit the state’s economy.
Legislative Forecast for 2014
A number of bills that, if enacted, will affect private-sector employers are pending in the California legislature, including proposals to increase the minimum wage and require paid sick leave.
Fire Department Employees Not Covered by FLSA Exemption
Dispatchers and aeromedical technicians employed by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department did not fall within the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption for employees “engaged in fire protection” and were entitled to standard overtime wages for the time they worked past 40 hours in a single workweek the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over California ruled.
Is Bias Claim Barred If Worker Used Another’s Social Security Number When Applying for Job?
The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an appeal brought by a former employee who claims the lower courts incorrectly determined that his disability discrimination claim was barred because he misappropriated someone else’s Social Security number to apply for the position.
Supervisor’s Conduct Supported Same-Sex Harassment Claim
Finding that an intern produced sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to conclude his supervisor engaged in a pervasive pattern of harassing conduct “because of sex,” the California Court of Appeal allowed his harassment suit to proceed.
Continuous Video Surveillance of Truck Drivers Does Not Violate Law
California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a published opinion on whether continuous video surveillance of truck drivers during their on-the-job driving constitutes a misdemeanor under California Labor Code section 1051, where the video file is inspected by a third party and used as a basis for discipline by the driver’s employer.
Alternative Workweek: Oasis or Mirage?
California law provides allows employees to waive ordinary overtime requirements for less restrictive requirements when an employer properly adopts an alternative-workweek schedule. As with most areas of the California Labor Code, success is in the details.
California's Heat-Illness Rules in Spotlight Again
California’s requirements for heat-illness prevention are once again under scrutiny. Facing calls from labor groups for more protections, state regulators are weighing the possibility of changing the rules. Business groups, though, see no need for regulatory changes.
Homophobic Bullying of Heterosexual Employee Is Sexual Harassment
A heterosexual oil rig employee who was subjected to bullying and homophobic slurs at work proved hostile environment sexual harassment despite the fact that the offensive conduct was not motivated by sexual desire, a California appeals court ruled.