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May 30, 2017

Top 8 Things a Small Business Should Do To Protect Itself From Employee Liability

Top 8 Things a Small Business Should Do To Protect Itself From Employee Liability

Employee lawsuits are extremely active in California, and small businesses are not immune.  Understanding and complying with employment laws is more important than ever.  Following is a list of things a small business should be doing to reduce the chance of employee liability:

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May 25, 2017

Partner Colleen McCarthy Quoted in May 2017 SHRM article

Partner Colleen McCarthy Quoted in May 2017 SHRM article

Partner Colleen McCarthy Quoted in May 2017 SHRM article, “Fitting in Exercise on Company Time and the Company’s Dime”

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February 9, 2017

California Businesses Can’t Afford to Be Anything Less Than Vigilant About Employee Meal Break Rules

California Businesses Can’t Afford to Be Anything Less Than Vigilant About Employee Meal Break Rules

It happens time and time again. A client seeks counsel on a particular employment issue having nothing to do with a wage and hour claim. Yet, wage and hour concerns soon become the center of our discussion and the business realizes that potential wage and hour claims far overshadow the biggest employee issues the company thought it had.

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January 24, 2017

Employers Must Include Most Bonuses and Commissions When Calculating Overtime Pay

Employers Must Include Most Bonuses and Commissions When Calculating Overtime Pay

                Employers use commissions and bonuses to reward and retain their employees.  However, when designing these incentive plans employers often don’t consider the impact they have on an employee’s overall compensation and the employer’s potential liability if wages, particularly overtime earnings, are not paid correctly.

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October 20, 2016

New Federal Law Implementing Paid Sick Leave

New Federal Law Implementing Paid Sick Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor published its Final Rule on September 30, 2016 granting paid sick leave to certain employees of federal contractors and subcontractors covered by the new law.  The Final Rule applies to certain new federal contracts and replacements for expiring contracts that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2017, or that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2017.  The Final Rule implements Executive Order 13706 signed by President Obama in September 2015.

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