In an important development, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled 3-2 that an employer didn’t violate federal labor relations law by maintaining a policy that barred employees from using the employer’s email system for union activities and other non-job-related solicitations. Join us this fall in San Francisco for the California Employment Law Update […]
President Bush has vetoed legislation that, among other things, would have amended the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to permit employees to use leave in certain circumstances when their spouse, child, or parent is called for active duty in the military. The FMLA amendment was part of a broader defense measure, H.R. 1585.
A Fresno jury returned a staggering and unanimous $19.1 million verdict in favor of former Fresno State women’s basketball coach Stacy Johnson-Klein, who charged that her firing almost three years ago was the result of gender bias and retaliation.
Several months ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final regulation mandating the steps employers must take to verify an employee’s Social Security number (SSN) when the employer receives a “no-match” letter from the DHS or the Social Security Administration. The rule specified that employers would be required to fire employees–or face government […]
Last week, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that insurers’ workers’ compensation costs have plummeted by 70 percent since the workers’ comp reforms of 2003 were implemented—and as a result, pure premium rates will remain unchanged for now. Poizner noted, though, that insurers should continue to pass on the cost savings to businesses in the […]
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Dec. 26, 2007, is the deadline for employers to begin using the revised Form I-9, which was released several weeks ago. This is the form that all employers must complete for new hires to verify eligibility to work in the United States. As of Dec. […]
The Internal Revenue Service has increased the standard mileage rate commonly used to reimburse employees for business use of a car to 50.5 cents per mile, up from 48.5 cents in 2007. The new rate will apply to miles driven beginning Jan. 1, 2008. Employers who use the IRS standard mileage rate to reimburse employees […]
Just two weeks ago, a temblor measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale rattled San Jose and was felt throughout the reaches of the Bay Area. Fortunately, it didn’t cause any major damage. But the quake was another wake-up call for California residents and businesses about the possibility of a much bigger, destructive quake occurring in […]
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised Form I-9, which is the form that all employers must complete for new hires to verify eligibility to work in the U.S. As of Nov. 7, 2007, the new form is the only version that is acceptable for use, although the USCIS says it […]
Governor Schwarzenegger has announced a support network for small businesses impacted by the recent Southern California fires, to help these businesses recover as quickly as possible.