Archives

News Notes: Independent Contractor Reporting Reminder

Beginning Jan. 1, 2001, you’re required to report independent contractor earnings information to the Employment Development Department. The new law is designed to track down parents who are delinquent in paying child support. Private and public employers need to report payments made to independent contractors if you expect to pay at least $600 to the […]

Print

News Notes: IWC Eliminates Minimum Wage Exemptions, Meal Credits

The Industrial Welfare Commission has eliminated certain exemptions from minimum wage requirements while retaining others. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2001, as does the new minimum wage of $6.25 per hour. The IWC did away with existing exemptions for state and local government employees, full-time carnival ride operators, actors, personal attendants in private homes, […]

Print

News Notes: Employer Cited For Ineffective Workplace Violence Program

Xerox Corp. has been cited by the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division for not developing an effective workplace violence prevention program that might have averted a mass shooting by a copy machine repairman that left seven co-workers dead. The agency charged that Xerox failed to train managers to recognize and reduce potential hazards as […]

Print

News Notes: New Wage Order For Construction And Related Industries

The Industrial Welfare Commission has issued a new wage order covering the construction, drilling, logging and mining industries. This is the first time these industries have been regulated by a special wage order comprehensively governing wages, hours and working conditions. The new wage order covers, among other things, minimum wage and overtime rules, alternative workweek […]

Print

Retaliation Lawsuits: Terminated Workers Awarded $870,000 For Objecting To Employers’ Marketing Methods; What The Employer Did Wrong

Scott McFetters was a salesman in the Orange County office of Amplicon Inc., a computer leasing company. When the firm started using a new lease arrangement called an ABC lease, McFetters objected because he thought it wasn’t fair to customers. What happened next resulted in a $870,000 verdict for McFetters against Amplicon, which was recently […]

Print

Pension Plans: You Can Be Sued If Your Plan’s Insurer Goes Broke; 4 Tips For Making The Right Decisions

When RJR Nabisco decided to terminate an overfunded pension program, it purchased an annuity from an insurance company to cover its obligations to beneficiaries and plan participants. RJR then sold the pension fund’s assets, netting RJR more than $43 million. But the insurance company it chose to issue the annuity, Executive Life Insurance Company of […]

Print

Hiring Foreign Workers: Congress Ups Quota For H-1B Visas; Practical Impact

Grappling with a chronic shortage of computer programmers and other skilled workers, the high-tech industry successfully lobbied long and hard for an expansion of the H-1B visa program. Employers should face fewer delays in hiring foreign professionals now that Congress has raised the annual limit on H-1B work visas and changed the rules to make […]

Print

News Notes: Changes In Per Diem Travel Expense Rates Effective Now

The revised federal per diem rates for travel expense reimbursement became effective Oct. 1. Between now and Dec. 31, you can choose to use either the old or the new rate, although you have to be consistent for the entire period. The new rates must be used as of Jan. 1, 2001. In the future, […]

Print