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Pay Equity, Sick Leave Among Key Issues For California Employers in 2016
In the new year, California HR departments will tackle a wide array of issues, including revisions to the state’s complicated paid sick-leave law, and an ambitious new law that aims to fight gender pay discrimination.

Alleged Violations of Calif. Wage and Hour Laws Result in $ 2.25 M Settlement
A federal judge in California granted final approval of a $2.25 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that Bank of America misclassified some employees as exempt from California’s wage and hour laws.

California Fair Pay Act Is in Effect
California's  employers are preparing for the impact of the Fair Pay Act—the new law that significantly changes California’s gender equality pay law. Senate Bill 358 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

The 2016 California Legislative Session Gets Underway
California's 2016 session commenced on Jan. 4, 2016. Hearings are already scheduled on several bills of interest to California private-sector employers.

Cal/OSHA Proposes Workplace Violence Prevention Standards in Health Care
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has proposed standards specifically aimed at protecting health care workers against workplace violence.

California Becomes More Aggressive in Fight Against Wage Theft
Under California's new law, wage theft is defined as failing to pay workers for all of their work. It can take many forms and includes paying below minimum wage, failing to pay overtime, violating meal-and-rest-break requirements and ordering employees to do off-the-clock work.

Q&A: How to Ensure Compliance with California’s New Fair Pay Law
SHRM Online
asked three experts to share their views on statistical analyses, labor law and compliance measures related to the Fair Pay Law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2016.

EEOC Granted Broad Right to Employee Data in Sex Bias Investigation
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), while investigating a sex discrimination charge, must be given access to personal information about other employees who took the same physical abilities test that was failed by the female employee who filed the bias charge, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over California ruled.

Sacramento Increases Minimum Wage
The Sacramento City Council voted 6-3 to increase the Sacramento city minimum wage to $12.50 over a three-year period. 

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Upcoming SHRM Education

Talent Management Conference & Exposition
April 18 -20, 2016 | Orlando

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition​
June 19 - 22, 2016  | Washington, D.C.



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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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