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New Federal Overtime Law

by Colleen McCarthy The Department of Labor’s long-awaited new federal overtime rule will take effect December 1, 2016. Under the new rule, employees must earn a minimum of $47,476 per year to qualify as exempt from overtime. This new threshold is more than double the...

California Fair Pay Act – Public Policy Blog

— by Brenna Johnson On January 1, 2016, California’s new Fair Pay Act became effective. This new law strengthens the state’s existing Equal Pay Act with the intent of eliminating the gender wage gap. In California, a woman working full-time earns an...

Top 3 Ways to Prevent a Devastating Wage and Hour Claim

— by Colleen McCarthy Wage and hour lawsuits are a growing problem for California employers. The most common wage and hour claims in California are for unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, and misclassification as exempt employees...

Impending Increases to Minimum Wage and the Impact on Your Business

— By Colleen McCarthy, Esq. and Brenna Johnson, Esq. Since 2014, at least 21 states and the District of Columbia have seen a pay increase for those earning minimum wage. Organized labor and other groups are calling for a nationwide $15.00 per hour living wage....

Does Your Company Have an Employee Handbook?

by Brenna Johnson – A lot of small businesses don’t have a formal employee handbook. Handbooks aren’t required by law, but there are advantages to a clearly written, uniform set of policies that delineates performance standards and workplace behavior, as well as...