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San Diego Employment Law Blog

New Version of Form I-9 Verifying Employment Eligibility Now Required

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An updated version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form, has been released by the USCIS (the United Stated Citizenship & Immigration Services) and must be the only form in use by employers effective January 22, 2017.

WAGES: Increase Coming Soon to Minimum Exempt Salary

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On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor will implement a long-anticipated change to the so-called "white-collar" exemptions under the FLSA, increasing the minimum salary level necessary for employees to be properly classified as exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees.

California Labor Law: "Living Wage" on the Way for California Workers

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Recent changes to minimum wage laws means good news to many workers across the state of California as the state prepares to implement its plan for a $15 minimum wage. The first step for the statewide minimum wage increase is a bump to $10.50 per hour in January of 2017. Additionally, some California cities have passed legislation offering even more.

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FOR SO CAL SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

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Cal/OSHA has issued an extreme heat advisory for Southern California for Sunday, June 19th through Wednesday, June 22nd.  Temperatures will range from 102 to as high as 120 degrees in inland and desert regions. As we enter this period of potentially record high temperatures, employers and employees must keep heat illness prevention a high priority on the work site. 

New California Labor Law - Harassment/Discrimination Prevention Program Required

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Effective July 1, 2016, California employers are responsible not only for ensuring their workplaces are free of harassment and discrimination, but must also establish and implement a prevention program for harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Government Employees - Special Rights, Special Responsibilities

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Government employees - those who work for cities, states, the federal government and more - have special rights and protections that non-government workers do not have; but with those rights come myriad responsibilities and procedural demands which must be followed to secure the benefits of those special rights and protections.

Discrimination - Protections for Transgender Employees

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Confused about how to prevent transgender discrimination in your office? You're not alone. California transgender employees have specific rights and are protected under California's Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA). Employers should educate themselves and train their supervisors and staff as to how to treat transgender employees fairly and lawfully.

2016 Labor Law Updates Part III - Protections Expanded for School & Child Care Leave

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Juggling a job and the frequently unpredictable demands of child care and school activities and emergencies is more difficult than ever. SB 579 makes it just a little bit easier.

2016 Labor Law Updates Part II - Expanded Retaliation & Discrimination Protections

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California employees will enjoy increased protections from retaliation and discrimination in the workplace when requesting accommodation for a disability or for religious beliefs starting January 1, 2016.