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Minimum Wage Exempt from FSLA

While there is an injunction on the Federal Department of Labor increase of the salary test. Employers in California still have to follow the rules for being exempt from the FSLA. The salary test in California for exempt employees is two times the minimum wage. Meaning that the employee must be paid a weekly salary… Read more »

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Rick Rossignol


Mileage for 2017

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016 14 cents… Read more »

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Rick Rossignol


Employment Law Changes in 2017 CA

Bill Main Topic Summary Effective Date SB 1342 Agency Enforcement To enforce local laws or ordinances, including local wage laws, the city or county can delegate authority to a county or city official or a department head to issue subpoenas and report a failure to comply with subpoenas to a state court judge. 1/1/2017 AB… Read more »

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Rick Rossignol


California Statewide and Local Minimum Wage Rates to Increase in 2017

  The chart below summarizes the increases scheduled for 2017: California Local Ordinance Effective Date of Increase 2016 Rate 2017 Rate Berkeley October 1, 2017 $12.53 $13.75 Cupertino January 1, 2017 NA $12.00 El Cerrito January 1, 2017 $11.60 $12.25 Emeryville July 1, 2017 $13.00 (55 or fewer employees) $14.00 $14.82 (56 or more employees)… Read more »

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Rick Rossignol


Attract and Retain

73% of CEOs reported being concerned about the availability of key skills. Supply and Demand is a concept that most employers understand. The Scarcity of talent is driving the cost of talent up. Employers need the talent to expand and are working on developing their brand. They want to be an employer of choice! What is… Read more »


Independent Contractor or Employee

When distinguishing an employee from an independent contractor in California, remember that the existence of a written agreement purporting to establish an independent contractor relationship is not determinative (Borello, Id. at 349), and the fact that a worker is issued a 1099-MISC form rather than a W-2 form is also not determinative with respect to independent contractor status (See, Toyota… Read more »

Posted on October 30, 2016 by Rick Rossignol


Retirement Plan Deferral Limit Unchanged for 2017 Other limits also

Other limits also remained unchanged according to an IRS Notice, but the annual 415 limit increased. October 27, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2017 in Notice 2016-62. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k),… Read more »

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Rick Rossignol


Social Security Max Goes Up In 2017

The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax will climb to $127,200 an increase of $8,700 from 2016.  the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Oct. 18. 12 million worker will increase their contribution. This adjustment, which takes effect Jan. 1, is based on the government’s estimate of real wage growth… Read more »

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