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Family And Medical Leave: No-Fault Attendance Policy Costs Employer $250,000; How To Avoid Making The Same Mistake

Many employers have no-fault attendance policies, which call for discipline or termination after an employee has a certain number of absences – regardless of the reason for the time off. But as one employer recently found, these policies may conflict with the family leave laws. We’ll look at what happened and offer other alternatives for […]

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Employee Benefits: New IRS Rules Allow Employees Greater Flexibility In Changing Cafeteria Plan Elections

Under flexible benefit or cafeteria plans, once the plan year starts, employees are locked into their benefit elections and can’t make changes except in a few limited situations. But in a move that will be welcomed by employees, the IRS has recently announced rules that take effect immediately and greatly expand your employees’ ability to […]

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More Overtime Changes Coming: Update On IWC Wage Order Hearings

Come July, you can expect several changes in the wage and hour regulations. That’s because the new daily overtime law gives the California Industrial Welfare Commission until July 2000 to review the current overtime rules and come up with new regulations and wage orders. At stake are modifications to a variety of wage and hour […]

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News Flash: Update On Interim Wage Order Developments

On March 31, the Industrial Welfare Commission held a hearing to address amending the Interim Wage Order that took effect on March 1. Among other things, the IWC appointed members to two new wage boards but tabled for the time being a controversial proposal to exempt highly paid workers from overtime. And it appears as […]

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News Flash: New Bill Could Give Telecommuters Tax Credits

Legislation just introduced in the California Senate would create a pilot program offering tax credits linked to flexible work schedules. Employers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, San Francisco, San Mateo, SantaClara and Sonoma counties would be eligible for a $500 income tax credit for every employee placed on an alternative work schedule. […]

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News Flash: Federal Contractors Pay Out Record Discrimination Penalties

According to a new U.S. Department of Labor report, thegovernment collected a record $41 million from federal contractors last year for victims of discrimination. This was up from just over $35 million in 1998. The report also discloses the DOL’s plans to increase the number of government contractors in compliance with equal employment opportunity laws […]

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News Flash: California Employer Pays For Retirement Plan Violations

As part of its ongoing ERISA enforcement, the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration recently investigated Walnut, Calif.-based Avacon Corporation’s 401(k) ERISA compliance. As a result of the investigation, the PWBA filed acomplaint, charging that four Avacon plan officials and trustees had failed to forward employee contributions to the plan in a timely fashion. During the […]

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News Flash: New Affirmative Action Rules Coming

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is expected to propose rules that will change how federal contractors write affirmative action programs. Currently, employers with more than 50 employees andmore than $50,000 in annual federal contracts must maintain affirmative action plans. The proposed changes will reduce contractor paperwork and streamline the […]

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News Notes: Two California Judges On The Wrong Side Of The Law

Two California jurists were recently charged with sexual harassment by court employees. The first case involved Placer County Superior Court Judge W. Jackson Willoughby, who allegedly harassed his court clerk and bailiff by groping them and making sexist remarks. The county has shelled out almost $110,000 to settle the suits. And the state is now […]

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News Notes: Worker Lawfully Terminated Following Violation Of Last-Chance Agreement

Last month we reported on how you can use a last-chance agreement to give employees with substance abuse problems one more opportunity to improve before being terminated. Now a California Court of Appeal has upheld the termination of a worker who violated a similar agreement. Thomas Robison, a refuse collector for the city of Manteca, […]

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