New California Employment Laws Affect Businesses in 2018 and Beyond


Several new laws will affect California employers’ daily operations and policies in 2018 and beyond. Some new laws made significant changes while others made small changes to existing law. Workplace safety and workers’ compensation.

New California Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2017 and Beyond


These new laws will affect California employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2017 and beyond. CalChamber’s employment law counsel wrapped up their analysis of the significant pieces of employment-related legislation that Governor Brown signed into law.

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CalChamber-Opposed Employment Law Bills Await Action by Governor


Quite a few employment-related bills have passed the Legislature. Five bills that could significantly affect California employers are on the Governor’s desk awaiting review and action. In addition, the bill carries the threat of litigation for employers.

Avoiding Employment Law Problems in China

Global People Strategist

Online platforms such as Global People Strategist offer global employers exactly what they need to meet both global standards while abiding by and keeping current with local statutes and norms, making compliance with China’s employment laws easy and accessible to the entire organization.

Hot Topics in Employment Law


For that reason, it’s important for supervisors and managers to understand the basics of employment laws and regulations to maintain proper compliance. At-Will Employment. Any statutory benefits, such as unemployment compensation or other forms of government benefits.

California Cracks Down on Workers’ Compensation Provider Fraud

HR Daily Advisor

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has made multiple attempts to reduce workers’ compensation costs to employers and to improve compensation paid to workers. Benefits Employment Law DIR litigation pay SB

5 Ways to Handle Compensation Like a Top-Performing Company

HR Daily Advisor

There are several differences between how top-performing companies handle compensation and how typical companies approach the issue, according to the results of a recent survey. Top-performing companies reinforce culture with compensation, Herner said.

EEOC issues 2017 enforcement plan: 6 areas it’s targeting next

HR Morning

The plan will dictate where the agency will focus its compliance enforcement efforts from 2017 through 2021. In other words, if the agency investigates or sues an employer, chances are it’ll be in one of the primary enforcement areas outlined in its new Strategic Enforcement Plan.

When Does a Job Interview Become Compensable?

HR Daily Advisor

There are a few situations in which an employer may have to pay individuals for time spent interviewing for a job. March 29, 2017), however, was a third possibility: that 3 days of training and skills tests amounted to actual work. Employer Takeaway.

That other major overtime bill HR needs to watch out for

HR Morning

Employers in the private section world are one step closer to being able to pay workers comp time in lieu of time-and-a-half for overtime hours worked. The House just passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017.

Tips for Compensating Tipped Employees

HR Daily Advisor

If your business employs workers who receive tips as part of their compensation, such as waitstaff, bartenders, or delivery drivers (e.g., pizza delivery drivers), a separate set of rules governs how you compensate them. An employer cannot be part of a tip share.

Compensation Data to be Dropped from Future EEO-1 Reports

HR Counselor's Corner

Good news for employers who have been wrestling with the newer requirements of EEO-1 reports. The order was stayed by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) in 2017. In fact, it proved to be a much bigger burden on affected employers than the Commission originally anticipated.

Are Contingencies in Commission Agreements Worth the Paper They’re Written On?

HR Daily Advisor

Employers that compensate employees by commission should pay attention to these two cases before withholding commission payments from departing workers. The purpose of the forfeiture component is to compensate remaining employees who assume the workload of the former employee.

Former DOL admin: 4 risky pay practices the feds have a field day with

HR Morning

With the DOL’s overtime changes under construction, some employers are putting pay-process reviews on the back burner, but that could be a very costly mistake. There are plenty of risky payroll practices employers may not even know could put them at risk for wage-and-hour violations.

What to Expect for HR Compliance in 2018

ClearCompany HRM

To help you navigate, we’ve compiled a quick list of HR compliance subjects your department should be aware of as we head into 2018: Overview of 2017 Rulings Taking Effect in 2018. 2017 brought quite a few rulings HR managers across the country will be dealing with in 2018.

SHRM Session: 5 Easy Business Practices For Getting Sued

HR Daily Advisor

The HR Daily Advisor was recently at the SHRM’s 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans. Uppal and Balch say that there are plenty of easy ways for employers to get sued. Misidentifying the employer. Getting sued is easy.

Going Against the Grain: Worker Fired After Unequal Pay Complaint

HR Daily Advisor

The 8th Circuit believed a reasonable jury could conclude the employer’s Friday morning animus drove its Monday decision to replace Mariah instead of rehiring her. and an editor of the Arkansas Employment Law Letter. The U.S.

DOL Opinion Letters Rise from the Ashes

HR Daily Advisor

Opinion Letters written by federal Department of Labor (DOL) officials have served to explain a variety of legal principles and clarify fact-specific situations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) since the FLSA became law in 1938. Opinion Letters provide valuable guidance to employers.

Are Commissioned California Employees Entitled to Separate Pay for Rest Periods?

HR Daily Advisor

Rest period violations are a source of enormous potential liability for employers, so it’s critical to ensure that you are appropriately compensating employees for their rest periods. California Law on Rest Periods. by Cathleen S.

Don’t Get Tripped Up: Learn Rules of the Road on Compensability of Travel Time

HR Daily Advisor

The law on whether the time nonexempt employees spend traveling is compensable is confusing and often trips up employers. This article is designed to explain the rules and provide guidance on how to pay for a nonexempt employee’s travel time under federal law.

IRS Mileage Rates for 2017 Announced


In 2017, the standard mileage rate is 53.5 On December 13, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Citing Harry Potter, Third Circuit requires employers to pay non-exempt workers for short breaks.

The Employer Handbook

The issue was whether the FLSA requires employers to compensate employees for breaks of 20 minutes or less after they log off their computers and are free from any work duties. I don’t think that the Third Circuit was too impressed with the employer’s arguments.

Minnesota Court Recognizes Workers’ Comp Retaliation Suit Filed by Undocumented Worker

HR Daily Advisor

On June 28, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that an undocumented worker asserted a valid retaliation claim after he was placed on unpaid leave for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Whether federal immigration law preempted his state workers’ comp claim.

Coordinating FMLA with State and Federal Laws

HR Daily Advisor

In this article series, we’ll focus on the intersection of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how it affects many other laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ comp, and other state laws that apply to medical or disability leaves.

New Mexico Onion Farm Pays Fines for Favoring Foreign Hires

HR Daily Advisor

Carrillo brought the foreign workers into the country under the H-2A visa program, which is intended to help employers fill temporary agricultural jobs with foreign workers when there aren’t enough U.S. What Employers Can Do.

You (Don't) Have The Right To Disconnect

Compensation Cafe

Effective January 1, 2017, French workers won the " right to disconnect " from email, smartphones and other electronic leashes once their working day has ended. How many emails do you send and receive on a daily basis?

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Taxi Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

HR Daily Advisor

He completed a 15-page “Taxicab Lease Agreement,” which disclaimed any employment relationship between him and DeSoto and provided that either party could cancel the contract with 30 days’ notice or, in the event of a breach, without notice.

Was Racetrack Chaplain an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

HR Daily Advisor

Additionally, for his first few years of work, he received his compensation through Kentucky Racetrack Chaplaincy rather than Keeneland. On the other hand, the court found that several factors favored an employment relationship. March 31, 2017).

Layoffs, job restructuring, and wage freezes no excuse for unequal pay


Compensation HR BLOG employee pay employment law Labor codes labor law payroll wagesContributed by Karen Davis A furniture manufacturing company blamed tough economic conditions as the reason for paying three female managers less than their male counterparts, but a federal appeals court didn’t buy it. The female managers sued under the federal Equal Pay Act (EPA), which generally requires women and men to be paid the same if […].

Employer Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charges for $21.6 Million

HR Daily Advisor

An employer has reached a settlement with a union and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in which it agrees to pay $21.6 The charges date back to 2012 and alleged that the employer—VIUSA Inc.—violated ” The post Employer Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charges for $21.6

New Law Coming Soon

HR Hardball

Now tell me how that ridiculous scenario is different than basing an offer to a prospective candidate on their current compensation. Starting October 31st, 2017, it’s also illegal. Yes, for now it’s a limited scope, but in principle what’s not to like about this law?

Severance Pay Basics and Policy Considerations

HR Daily Advisor

Severance benefits are payments made to employees upon termination of employment caused by events that are beyond their control, such as workforce reductions, plant closings, company takeovers, and mergers. one week of severance pay given for every year employed with the company).

Department of Justice releases HR-specific antitrust guidance

HR Morning

While the guidance doesn’t break any new legal ground, it’s specifically targeted at HR managers and outlines how agreements with competing employers regarding things like worker pay and benefits can result in antitrust violations.

Case for Consistency: Treatment of Manager Prevents Dismissal of Age Bias Claim

HR Daily Advisor

A New Jersey federal court recently declined to dismiss an age discrimination lawsuit because an employer’s failure to discipline employees in a consistent manner could be construed as evidence of discrimination. Employment Law 401(k) discrimination GNC managers

Bass Pro to Pay $10.5M for Discriminatory Hiring Practices and Retaliation

HR Daily Advisor

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that alleged Bass Pro discriminated on the basis of race in its hiring and recruiting practices at its retail stores and then unlawfully retaliated against employees who opposed those practices. Employment Law diversity EEOC hiring recruiting