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Q. I recently heard that some of our posters have to be displayed where applicants can see them, not just our employees. Is that true?
California has two new laws affecting employers in the state. The first, signed into law in Au­­gust, applies to employers that prevail in wage-related lawsuits. It limits their ability to obtain attorneys’ fee awards. The second, signed in September, raises California’s minimum wage to $10 per hour by January 2016.
The nonprofit HR organization WorldatWork has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject proposed regulations that would require corporations to report the ratio of CEO pay to that of median employee pay.
New federal subpoena rules that took effect Dec. 1 mean that employers may not have to travel so far to give depositions in civil lawsuits or testify in out-of-state trial courts.
Here’s a good reason to check with your insurance agent on your vehicle accident coverage. A California appellate court has ruled that when an employer requires an employee to use her personal vehicle to visit clients or conduct other company business, the employer may be liable for injuries if she causes an accident.
Think your business is too small to be covered by Cal-OSHA safety regulations? Think again.
Employers have long believed that they could restrict access to information about wages and benefits so employees couldn’t discuss pay rates, raises and so on. If that’s the case at your workplace, check with your attorney. The prohibition may run afoul of the NLRA, which covers the right to unionize.
The Affordable Care Act has likely survived its last wholesale legal challenge now that the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 2 declined to hear an appeal by Liberty University contending that the law’s employer mandate is unconstitutional.
A new proposed OSHA rule would require employers with 250 or more workers to submit their injury reports electronically for the first time. Plus, these reports would be posted online and made public.
Q. Are there any laws that prohibit offering a new job description with a lower wage in place of a layoff?
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