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The San Diego City Council approved an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017. The ordinance also requires employers to grant up to five days of paid sick leave per year beginning in 2015.
Minimum Wage Rises in California
Many store cashiers, restaurant employees and other low-wage workers in California just got a pay boost as a debate rages over just how high their pay should go. The minimum wage rose from $8 to $9 an hour and will increase again to $10 in January 2016.
California’s retailers are not legally required to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in anticipation of medical emergencies inside their stores, the California Supreme Court ruled.
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, has proposed significant revisions to the state’s heat illness prevention regulations, potentially to be effective by 2015, if finalized.
The California Supreme Court held that an employee’s refusal to sign a disciplinary notice was not misconduct, but, at most, a good faith error in judgment, which did not disqualify him from unemployment benefits.
On the tenth anniversary of California’s Paid Family Leave insurance program, the program has been amended to expand the categories of family members for whom workers may take time off to provide care.
The California Supreme Court ruled that federal immigration law does not pre-empt a California law that extends state law protections to all workers regardless of their immigration status. However, the court held that federal law does pre-empt state law on the issue of liability for lost wages for any period after an employer discovers that an employee is not authorized to work in the United States.
The California Supreme Court issued a decision addressing how trial courts should determine the appropriateness of class certification in cases where workers claim they were improperly classified as independent contractors.
Calif. Supreme Court Enforces Part of Arbitration Agreement
The California Supreme Court found an arbitration agreement that waived the right to bring a class-action suit was enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act.

Take Practical Steps to Avoid Lawsuits in California 
Most businesses in California will be sued
for alleged employment law violations sooner or later. But there are many preventive measures HR can take to limit their companies' exposure.



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HRPS Strategic Talent Acquisition Workshop
Sept 8-9, 2014 | San Francisco, Calif.

Seminars in San Diego, Calif.
Oct 15 | Succession Planning
Oct 15 | California Base Compensation
Oct 15 - 16 | HR Metrics and Workforce Analytics
Oct 15 - 17 | PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation
Oct 16 | California Workplace Law
Oct 16 - 17 | HR Business Partners: Consulting Skills Model
Oct 16 - 17 | Immigration Essentials for HR
Oct 16 - 17 | Organizational Development & Effectiveness
Oct 16 - 17 | Employee Engagement & Relations

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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.

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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