Changes to California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

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Less than two weeks after it took effect, California’s paid sick leave law has been changed with important amendments that affect most employers in the state. The new changes took effect immediately upon Gov. Jerry Brown signing the fixer legislation to last year’s Healthy Families Act of 2014. The new law gives employers some new flexibility in how they accrue paid sick leave. To make sure that you stay on top of the new law and understand your responsibilities, the following are the main changes: Employer standard The old law: Under the original version of the law, if an employee…
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Independent Contractor Classification Clarified amid Crackdown

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On July 15, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an administrator’s interpretation regarding the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. The new interpretation is required reading for any business that uses independent contractors to any degree – often or seldom. It’s also important as the government continues to crack down on companies that misclassify their employees as independent contractors, most recently evidenced by the decision that Uber drivers are employees, and not independent contractors. The interpretation came after a ruling by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office that a…
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Ramp Up Heat Illness Training Now!

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Cal/OSHA has made significant revisions to the state’s heat illness standard, which took effect May 1, just in time for the 2015 summer. The changes mean that if you have outdoor workers, you will need to revise your own heat illness program and train your workers and supervisors. The revisions mainly affect requirements concerning the provision of water and shade. They also tighten up high-heat provisions and add new language on emergency response procedures, acclimation and training. Specifically, the new regulations are: • Water must be “fresh, pure, suitably cool” and located as close as practicable to where employees are…
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