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California Ab 1066: Proposed Changes To California Overtime Laws For Farm And Ranch Workers

california-ab-1066-overtime-law-changes-farm-workers.pngGovernor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a measure that would make farm workers eligible for overtime pay after only eight hours per day, instead of the current ten hours. Lobbyists for agricultural workers successfully killed an earlier, similar proposal, but Assembly Bill 1066 passed both the Assembly and the House by relatively wide margins. The measure basically phases out the current ten-hour exemption, so by 2022, all agricultural workers, even those who work at facilities with 25 employees or fewer, will be entitled to overtime after eight hours worked in a day; larger farms must comply by 2019.

How To Talk To Hr About Workplace Harassment

talk-hr-workplace-harassment.pngBoth California and Federal employment laws offer employees a slew of protections, plus require HR departments to adhere to certain guidelines. Over the past seven-plus years, President Obama has done what all prior presidents have done, and what all future presidents will do: He has appointed people to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies that share his vision. These appointments have a trickle-down effect, because the leaders hire people who share their vision as well: to protect employees from illegal workplace harassment.

Discussing Politics At Work: Can You Be Penalized For Your Political Opinion This 2016 Election Season?

politics-at-work-what-employees-need-to-know.pngThe 2016 election cycle may be causing greater tension over politics at work. According to a poll by the Society on Human Resource Management (SHRM), 26% of HR professionals polled perceived a greater amount of workplace volatility this election cycle. Perhaps this isn't surprising, considering the increasingly confrontational rhetoric in the political sphere. The growing tensions over this year's election could cause more heated discussions amongst employees, leading to divisive workplace relations.

7 Key Gender Pay Gap Statistics - Infographic

gender-pay-gap-statistics-2015.pngCLICK HERE for the gender pay gap statistics infographic.

In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, yet women still earn significantly less than men while performing the same or substantially similar work. And despite California having some of the toughest equal pay laws in the entire nation, female workers in the Golden State still earn less than their male counterparts.

New California Law Ab-7 Expands Workplace Smoking Ban

california-ab-7-workplace-smoking-law.pngCalifornia voters will soon vote on Proposition 56, a ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax throughout the state from 87 cents per pack to $2.87 per pack, according to SFGate.com. Money from the increased tax on tobacco would go to help fund MediCal, along with education efforts and cessation programs to help prevent smoking in California. While voters debate this highly visible measure, many have failed to notice the more subtle, but still important changes to workplace smoking laws that passed this May.

California Telecommuting Law: What Employees Need To Know

california-telecommuting-law-employees.pngAccording to the Society for Human Resource Management, employee telecommuting is at an all-time high. Their research indicates that from 1996 to 2016, the percentage of employees who work one or more days per week from home has increased about 20%. The industries where most of this increase has occurred are software and marketing firms. There is also a higher concentration of telecommuting at firms in big cities that suffer from consistently heavy rush hour traffic. In cities like Los Angeles, the option to avoid the morning commute is a valuable improvement in quality of life for workers. Businesses also stand to benefit as they can save money by offering telecommuting to skilled employees which drastically reduces overhead costs.

Employees Vs. Independent Contractors: What's The Difference?

employees-vs-independent-contractors.pngA federal judge in California has rejected a settlement put forward by Uber to resolve the class action lawsuit against them by their drivers, according to Reuters. The ridesharing giant has classified its drivers as independent contractors for years, but the drivers argue that they are actually employees. This would mean that Uber would have to pay the costs of fuel and maintenance, which would amount to millions of dollars. The damages are so high, in fact, that the judge threw out Uber's settlement offer of over $100 million because it was too low. Now lawyers for the two sides are back at the negotiating table to try to work out a new settlement.

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