Happy Thanksgiving (or, Do I Have to Provide Holiday Pay?)

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The short answer is “no,” there are no special rules for holidays in either California or Washington state.  If an employee works over 40 hours in a week or over 8 hours in a day, then they qualify for overtime pay.  However, if it has been the employer’s practice over several years to provide holiday […]

What to Watch for in 2019 (WA edition)

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As usual, Washington was much less busy than California.  However, #MeToo still had an impact in Washington, shown by the number of equal pay and anti-harassment laws passed in 2018. Note that the following only applies to employers and businesses doing business in Washington State. Employment Minimum Wage Updates Remember that the Washington minimum wage […]

CA State and Local Minimum Wage Increases – 2019

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For the foreseeable future, the minimum wage in California is going to continue to go up.  Employers should make sure to keep marking their calendars to update their payroll each year if any employees are getting paid minimum wage. As of January 1, 2019, the minimum wage for California employers with 25 employees or less […]

Can I Refuse to Hire an Alleged Sexual Harasser?

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There are several issues involved in determining whether or not to hire a potential employee who has been accused of sexual harassment: What kind of liability does the new employer have after hiring? What kind of questions are allowed during the interview process? Does the former employer have any liability for revealing/not revealing a potential […]

California Makes Needed Updates to Salary History Ban

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If you recall from the “What to Watch for in 2018” post, back in October 2017 California banned employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.  The purpose of the ban was to prevent historical wage disparities from being projected into future employment.  Unfortunately, a few pieces of the law were unclear and needed […]

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Overtime Rules – California

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Overtime is an important part of employee compensation.  A well-organized overtime compensation policy can help employers predict the overtime they will need to pay to employees, and can provide a solid incentive to employees willing to work the overtime.  However, calculating overtime may not be as straightforward as many employers may initially think. Basic Definition […]

Independent Contractors – Part III: State Tests

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This post is meant to give some background information on how various government agencies determine whether a particular worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  There is currently a lot of litigation surrounding this question, particularly in California, and there are a lot of details that just cannot be captured in a short blog […]

Independent Contractors – Part II: Federal Tests

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This post is meant to give some background information on how various government agencies determine whether a particular worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  There is currently a lot of litigation surrounding this question, particularly in California, and there are a lot of details that just cannot be captured in a short blog […]