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Remember: Protect Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness

As temperatures start to rise across the state, Cal/OSHA reminds employers to protect outdoor workers from heat illness. Heat illness is a serious hazard for people who work outdoors. Heat illness occurs when the body’s temperature control system cannot maintain an acceptable temperature. Usually, the body cools itself by sweating. However, when high temperatures and …

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U.S. DOL Proposes Regular Rate, Joint-Employer Regulations

In the last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has proposed two new rules affecting different employer regulation areas, which have not been meaningfully revised for more than 50 years. The DOL proposed a new rule on how employers calculate an employee’s regular rate of pay for purposes of paying …

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Factors to Consider When Calculating ‘Regular Rate’ of Pay

How does the regular rate work? Once I calculate the regular rate, does it change the employee’s hourly rate? Do I have to calculate a regular rate and then go back and pay that rate for all straight-time hours worked as well as overtime hours? These are common questions that we are asked about this …

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It’s Back – New Federal Overtime Rule Proposed

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new proposed federal overtime rule that would increase the white-collar salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from $23,660 to $35,308 per year. According to the DOL, this increase could result in more than a million additional American workers eligible for …

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Guidance for Employers on Immigration Enforcement Actions

Recently, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Labor Commissioner Julie Su issued two documents for California employers dealing with California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450).   Attorney General Becerra issued an advisory providing an overview of and guidance on the privacy prescriptions under AB 450. Commissioner Su also issued joint guidance on frequently asked questions to help employers and workers …

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