Overtime Minimums Higher Than DOL’s

We thought it might be a good time to reiterate that the proposed Department of Labor overtime exemption threshold, which was increased to $35,308 just over one month ago, is not the operable threshold in New York – and some other states (California in particular) as well. Employers in New York are subject to the…

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California Takes Sugary Beverage Fight To Next Level

The ‘Queen of all Nanny States’ is at it again – and with a vengeance this time! California legislators are entertaining 5 pieces of legislation that seek to restrict sugary beverage consumption in a host of ways – from taxing them to labeling them to limiting the size of sugary drinks. Proponents of the beverage…

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California Mandates Retirement Plans

California has again gone one better in the mandate department as the Golden State now requires employers with at least five employees to offer access to a retirement plan for their employees. Under the CalSavers law, covered employers that do not already offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan, will be required to begin offering a retirement…

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And Another 25 Cents for the Cup!

You really couldn’t make this stuff up, but the Berkeley California City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance this week that will require restaurants to charge customers $0.25 for disposable cups. The Single Use Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, which sailed through on the recommendation of the City’s Zero Waste Commission, also requires that all…

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Taxing Drinking Water?

Yes, unfortunately you read that right! California’s new governor, democrat Gavin Newsom, just days into his term as the state’s Chief Executive Officer, has proposed imposing a new tax on drinking water. The Governor incorporated the tax as part of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, which is projected to end with a surplus…

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Retirement Plans Could Be Next Mandates

With paid sick leave plans being mandated by local and state governments across the country on the heels of local minimum wage hikes and predictive scheduling mandates gaining in popularity, could retirement plans be the next mandate foisted upon private business? California became the third state in the nation to create a pilot program for…

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Pins are in at In-N-Out Burger

Appeals Court protects employees’ right to wear buttons advocating higher wages While employers may require employees to wear a uniform at work, under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees have the right to wear union buttons and insignia while working. Those conflicting rights have created fights over what a company may require and what…

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Minimum Wage Moving Elsewhere

New Jersey is one example, but the ongoing drumbeat to continually hike the minimum wage at state and local levels continues. The city council in St. Paul Minnesota released an initial draft of a $15/hr minimum wage ordinance they plan to consider before year-end. The proposal mandates that large businesses with 100 workers or more…

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Welcome to the Hotel California!

Somehow it seems appropriate that rock band The Eagles released that hit song in 1976, early in the first administration of California Governor Jerry Brown (1975 – 1983). Well, it must be déjà vu all over again as the same Governor Brown signed a couple of different bills recently that can significantly impact small businesses…

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Coffee Cancer Case Percolating Again

For the past couple of months, the hope existed that litigation pending in a Los Angeles Superior Court would ultimately be dismissed after the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recommended coffee retailers be exempted from California Proposition 65 requirements to include a cancer warning on coffee. Public comments included an endorsement of…

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