Governor Signs SB 63 Requiring Small Businesses to Offer 12 Weeks of Family Leave

Existing California law, known as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), requires California employers with at least 50 employees to offer an eligible employee up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period (a) for the birth of a child (aka “baby bonding leave”), the adoption of a child, or the placement of a […]

Harvard Business Review: Employer Vacation Policies Are “Broken”

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, employer vacation policies are “broken” and “don’t work.” Analysis of Typical Employer Vacation Policies The typical employer policy allows an employee who has accrued paid time off to submit a request for vacation.  That employee then has to “cram extra work into the week(s) before […]

San Francisco Employers May No Longer Ask About or Consider Salary History

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved a new ordinance that prohibits employers from asking candidates about their salary history.  The new ordinance, if signed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as expected, will go into effect on July 1, 2018.  Referred to as the “Parity in Pay Ordinance,” the new San Francisco law […]

Federal Judge Blocks New Department of Labor Overtime Rules, Including Minimum Salary Required for Exemptions

Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction preventing the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing its new overtime rules that were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. Among other things, these new overtime rules would have required employers to pay “exempt” employees at least $47,476/year beginning on December […]

California Minimum Wage Increases to $10.50 on January 1, 2017

For businesses with more than 25 employees, the state’s minimum wage will increase from $10.00/hour to $10.50/hour  starting on January 1, 2017. [Note:  Employers in San Francisco and Oakland (and many other municipalities), however, this new state minimum wage is still lower than the local minimum wage required by municipal law.  For example, the San Francisco […]