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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.

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.

Could minimum wage increase impact California apparel industry?

While many employee advocates throughout California are celebrating the recent minimum wage increase signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, others are not as convinced. The bill now turned to law enacted a gradual minimum wage increase up to the year 2022. The end-result being a minimum wage in California of $15. New York also followed suit with a similar law. The political tide seems to be turning on wage and hours laws as mainstream media is focused more intently than ever on this year's primary season.

New California Law Will Impact Equal Pay

If employers thought equal pay laws were tough in California, they better brace themselves. That is because a new equal pay law this year will make them even tougher. The standard for meeting equal pay was made much harder through a new law that went into effect January 1st of this year. Currently, employers must provide equal pay regardless of gender for "substantially similar work." So why does this make the law harder for employers?

Minor league baseball players sue MLB for wage violations

A group of former minor league baseball players filed a class action lawsuit in California against 22 Major League Baseball franchises. The plaintiffs allege that they were paid less than minimum wage, denied overtime compensation and required to train without pay during the off-season. After denying the defendants' motion to dismiss the lawsuit against them, a federal district court judge decided on July 13 that the case could proceed to the class certification stage.

Vote on $15 minimum wage delayed

On June 23, lawmakers in California decided to postpone a vote to increase the minimum wage in Los Angeles County from $9 to $15 per hour. The Board of Supervisors will now vote on the ordinance on July 21 after its members have had time to assess the impact that the minimum wage hike could have on small businesses.

Walmart accused of misclassifying employees and wage theft

There's a saying referencing the idea of securing an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. U.S. employment and labor laws exist to ensure workers receive a minimum amount of pay and to protect workers from wage theft. Unfortunately, there are some employers who discover ways to avoid complying with wage and hour laws and who seek to cheat employees out of their hard-earned wages.

Franchise pizzeria owner ordered to pay $2.1M in wage theft case

The Fair Labor Standards Act provides American workers with certain protections when it comes to employment practices. Among these protections is the right to fair wages. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25, however some states have set a higher state minimum wage. For example, according the Department of Industrial Relations, the current minimum wage in California is $9.00 and will increase to $10.00 next year.

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