Wage and Hour Compliance

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

Governor Brown signed three employment-related​ bills.

AB 1066 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Agricultural workers: wages, hours, and working conditions Existing law sets wage, hour, meal break requirements, and other working conditions for employees and requires an employer to pay overtime wages as specified to an employee who works in excess of a workday or workweek, as defined, and… Read more »

Are Your Paystubs Correct?

Common mistakes failing to provide the correct full legal name of the employer, Not providing the employer’s address, not listing the beginning and the end of the pay period, not providing the total hours worked, regular and overtime.  The penalty for failure to follow California Labor Code 226, failure carries a civil penalty of $50… Read more »

New Overtime Pay Rules

The Department announced a Final Rule focused primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. For more information, see  http://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/. The primary change raises the salary test to a weekly salary of $913.00 or an annual salary of $47,476. The salary test in CA currently… Read more »


The Department of Labor is increasing its audit to ensure employers are not misclassifying employees exempt. In addition, they are changing the rules to make more positions classified as non-exempt. Employers should audit their employee classifications to ensure they do not have misclassified employees. Conducting job analysis on for all positions is the best way… Read more »


Employers need to audit there wage and hour practices to ensure that they are not making mistakes that would cause them to violate Employment Law. MISCLASSIFYING NON-EXEMPT EMPLOYEES AS EXEMPT FROM FSLA. Lucrative attorneys’ fees continue to motivate lawyers to file individual and class actions on behalf of improperly classified employees. Two tests to qualify… Read more »

Minimum Wages goes up!

2016 Employees earn more  Minimum Wage—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, is raised to $10.00 per hour in California. To be exempt from FSLA employees must be paid a weekly salary that is two times more than minimum wage. Example: The minimum wage is $10.00 and the weekly salary must be $20.00 or more. Salary of $800.00… Read more »