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  • Dave’s Desk: Personal Liability

      PERSONAL LIABILITY OF OWNERS AND MANAGERS Under both State and Federal law, owners and managers of businesses may be held personally liable for a variety of employment and labor law violations under recent decisions and statutory authority.  In the field of harassment and discrimination (especially sexual harassment) both State and Federal law allow employees to pursue actions against managers

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  • Dave’s Desk: Minimum Wage

      MINIMUM WAGE Earlier in the year I mentioned that the minimum wage was going up. While this is true, it is not as simple as it sounds. Senate Bill 3 (passed April 4, 2016) creates a two-tier system for California’s minimum wage, depending on the number of employees in the company. For Employers who employ 26 or more employees,

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  • Dave’s Desk: Mandated Retirement for Employees

      MANDATED RETIREMENT FOR EMPLOYEES California currently has mandated paid sick leave benefits for employees, and as of September, 2016, the Governor approved mandated retirement savings plans pursuant to legislation that has been pending for several years.  The bill’s implementation date is currently listed as January 1, 2017 but requires a board (entitled The California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment

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  • Dave’s Desk: Win Some Lose Some

      WIN SOME LOSE SOME Happy New Years . . . and Happy New Laws.  Starting with the good news, employers should be advised that the regulation promulgated by the Federal Department of Labor which would have required employers to increase the salary level for exempt status employees December 1, 2016, has been blocked by a federal judge in Texas. 

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  • Dave’s Desk: Weed at Work

    THE ISSUE  Recently, California passed Proposition 64 which legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.  It is now legal for an individual to possess 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana.  However, the legalization failed to address the issue of marijuana usage at work (or before work) where the employee may be impaired by the substance

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