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On Sept. 10, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, making California the second state, after Connecticut, to implement paid sick leave state-wide. This law takes effect July 1, 2015.
The California Supreme Court issued a decision ruling that a franchisor that did not exhibit the characteristics of an “employer” was not liable for the wrongful conduct that one franchisee employee directed toward another franchisee employee.
State Conforms to ACA Waiting Period Requirement
Effective Jan, 1, 2015, a new law imposes a 90-day limit on eligibility waiting periods for insured health benefits issued by insurers subject to regulation by the California Department of Insurance and/or the California Department of Managed Health Care.
Employers of parents with school-aged children should review California’s laws, which provide certain rights to employees to take time off from work to deal with school-related issues.
Employers Must Pay for Employee Cell Phone Use
Employers must reimburse employees a reasonable percentage of their bills when they are required to use their personal cell phones for work, a California appellate court ruled.
The San Diego City Council overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour and requiring employers to grant paid sick leave.
Inside Sales Exemption May Be Lost Where Commissions Are Paid on a Monthly Basis
The California Supreme Court ruled that an employer may not attribute commission wages paid in one pay period to other pay periods in order to meet minimum wage requirements.
A new ordinance in San Francisco prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant's criminal history in an employment application.
Employers may require salaried exempt employees to use accrued vacation or paid time off (PTO) for partial day absences in any increment, including increments of less than four hours, without violating the salary basis requirements for exempt status under California wage and hour law.

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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
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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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Two legal experts help untangle some of the complexities of California employment law.


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