The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

A federal judge has given final approval to the settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit brought by financial advisors against Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. The settlement establishes a $16 million fund, of which $14 million will be divided among class members who submitted claims.

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Now is a good time to review the eligibility requirements for your health and welfare benefits plans. If you word them correctly, you can exclude people who work for the company under third-party contracts …

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will eliminate overtime pay for certain computer professionals. Assembly Bill 10 creates an overtime exemption for computer professionals working in California who are engaged in “intellectual or creative” work …

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By 2025, there won’t be enough college-educated Californians in the workforce to meet business needs, according to a new study by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Usually, employers get zapped when employees sue, but that isn’t always so. Sometimes the union that represents employees gets slapped with a huge penalty, too—especially if it neglected to look out for workers’ interests.

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The EEOC has settled a lawsuit it filed against Texas-based Cadit Co., which was doing work for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. The agency said Cadit allowed a foreman to harass a Chinese-American welder.

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The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has agreed to settle a class-action wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by 770 California employees. Under the terms of the settlement, Kaiser agreed to pay $5.4 million, $3.7 million of which will go directly to the class members who claimed they were misclassified …

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A pharmacist formerly employed by Longs Drug Stores recently filed a class-action lawsuit demanding $2.9 billion from CVS Caremark Corp., which purchased Longs in October. According to Charles Jones, who worked as a pharmacy manager and pharmacist at a San Diego Longs, the store violated wage-reporting laws for its nonexempt employees.

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Employers have a number of immigration compliance issues to track in 2009, affecting the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, business travel, no-match letters and employment authorization documentation.

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Federated Department Stores has agreed to settle charges that it denied meal and rest breaks to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department store employees. According to the settlement, Federated will pay $25 million to 200,000 employees.

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