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May 2016 Archives

Proposed California Employment Law Targets Varying Work Schedules

Food service and retail workers already know this, but work schedules in these industries can vary greatly from month to month, or even week to week. California State Senator Connie Leyva is well aware of these challenges as she had worked in grocery stores and in representation of grocery store union members for three decade before her run for political office. Sen. Leyva co-authored a similar bill last summer that failed to prevail. Now she's tackling the problem again with Senate Bill 878.

Bartender's suit alleges sexual harassment and retaliatory firing

A former bartender at a Newport Beach bar has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that makes alarming allegations of illegal behavior against his previous employer, reports the Los Angeles Times. The complaint reportedly asserts that the sexual harassment included subjecting employees at work to explicit video and to managers' discussions of their sexual experiences.

Federal rules governing overtime eligibility expanded today

US labor officials estimate that 4.2 million additional employees across the country who earn middle-class salaries will become eligible for overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a given week under updated federal regulations that became final today and will take effect on December 1, 2016. While hourly workers have the right to overtime, most salaried employees are only eligible for overtime under federal law if they make less than $23,660, a level established in 2004. Today's amendments raise that limit to $47,476 for most workers.

San Francisco Leads the Way in Bolstering Wage Replacement for Family Leave

California employees have benefited from a paid family leave program since 2004, but a new law in San Francisco builds upon that program and allows workers to recoup 100 percent of their income while on leave. The statewide 2004 program, Paid Family Leave, relies on employee payroll contributions to the California State Disability Insurance Fund to pay workers 55 percent of their income when they take up to six weeks of leave to bond with a new child or to care for eligible family members. In April of this year, Governor Brown approved a bill that increases the amount to 70 percent for qualified workers. The increase will take effect the first day of 2018. Now San Francisco has trumped even that move.

Supporting the Family Friendly Workplace in California

Finding a balance between work and family obligations isn't always easy for Californian's, but fortunately there are laws in place on the state and federal levels that make finding that balance a little easier. Both minimum wage legislation and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) help make finding balance a little easier for families. Even though families are supposed to be supported, not everyone is fully aware of their rights, and may need the assistance of an attorney in instances where employers attempt to give them less support than what they are entitled to.

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