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  • Dave’s Desk: Recap of What to Expect in 2017

    Over the past six months several new bills have passed the legislature or been enacted by the Federal Government which will impact employers in the state of California. SALARY FOR EXEMPT EMPLOYEES First, employers are reminded that the new Federal salary level for exempt status employees goes into effect December 1, 2016 and requires that individuals who may otherwise qualify

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  • Dave’s Desk: New OSHA Regulations Hit Employers

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new regulations regarding drug testing, inactive programs and accident reporting.  These became effective August 10, 2016 for all employers.  The main thrust of these regulations is that employers may no longer automatically require drug testing following an accident in the workplace; incentive programs are now considered an “adverse action” and unlawful and

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  • Dave’s Desk: Check with Counsel

    Many Employers operate day-to-day without recourse to legal counsel for employment and labor matters.  Most do so without incident or problem.  However, those who have found themselves in litigation often lament that they wish they had talked to an attorney beforehand because the “whole mess” could have been avoided.  Access to employment counsel is easy to obtain and generally reasonable

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  • Dave’s Desk: Equal Employment Opportunity policies need updating

    Equal Employment Opportunity policies need updating Summary and solution Both the fed and state have, within the last year, issued new regulations finalizing changes which require employers to have written policies pertaining to equal employment and harassment.  The new policies need to address the categories that are protected against discrimination and harassment in the workplace as well as a procedure

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  • Dave’s Desk: Overtime for white collar workers

    Overtime for white collar workers Summary and final rules Most employers have by now heard that President Obama and Secretary of Labor Perez announced the Department of Labor’s Final Rule automatically requiring an increase in salary to millions of exempt employees, or making them eligible for overtime.  The rule will entitle most salaried white collar workers under the Federal rules

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