Mixed Minimum Wage/FEHA Claims Attorney Fees

California's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (CA5) has recently made a decision that will have a huge impact on California business owners. The decision on the Moreno v. Bassi case has given the following awards to the plaintiff: • $16 an hour in unpaid minimum wages • $16 an hour in liquidated damages • Totaling $19,523 under Code of Civil Procedure • $3.20 in attorney fees associated with this case These awards were issued after it was determined that the plaintiff lost all of her…

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Split Shift Premiums San Diego

Split Shift Premiums San Diego As a business owner in San Diego and Southern California, it is important to have adequate staffing specially when you are busy. If no one is there to take care of the customers, then how are you going to make money? That is why some companies in San Diego and Southern California will schedule their employees for a Split Shift during the day. While having this option is incredibly convenient for your company and your…

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Business with Employees’s Home Expenses

Business with Employees’s Home Expenses While the pandemic is coming close to an end, many businesses are still facing the reality that their employees have to work from home. Most of these businesses are even contemplating closing their offices in San Diego because they are saving money by having everyone work from home. But this means that your employees might need to pay for some of your business expenses out of pocket. This means that you will need to pay…

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What Should a Business Do When It is Sued by an Employee

What Should a Business Do When It is Sued by an Employee According to a study conducted by Hiscox, U.S., most employers have a 12% chance of being sued by their employees and San Diego business owners are no exceptions to this. Employees that believe they were treated unfairly will most likely pursue retribution so they can make up the lost revenue for any number of reasons. The most common reasons are: Wrongful Termination Wage and Salary Violations …

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Meal Breaks

Meal Breaks As a business owner in San Diego, I understand how vital it can be to have your employees take their breaks when customers are not requesting service. But the reality is, you are required to give your employees a break at certain intervals throughout the day. If you do not uphold these standards, you will be held financially responsible. So when are these intervals? And how can I avoid repercussions? There are two primary time stamps you need to…

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Unpaid Internships San Diego

Unpaid Internships San Diego With summer right around the corner in San Diego, your business is probably thinking about bringing in an unpaid intern or two. And this is typically a win-win situation for both parties – the intern receives valuable on-the-job experience, a good resume booster, and opportunities to network while the company can utilize some unpaid labor. But if the company is not careful, it could face some complicated legal battles. Every state has rules that a company…

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How San Diego Businesses Can Comply With California Wages Laws

How San Diego Businesses Can Comply With California Wages Laws There are a lot of complications businesses in San Diego and Southern California need to keep in mind when it comes to wages and working hours  of California. These rules are governed by a complex array of statutes, regulations, precedents, and interpretations that are enforced by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Even if you are not located in the state of California, having one employee in San…

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California COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

The California legislature passed SB 95 on March 19, 2021, and the governor signed the law on March 20th.  The new law, which provides supplemental paid sick leave to employees working for employers with 25 or more employees, took effect on April 1, 2021.  Here are the key facts you need to know: This bill provides supplemental sick leave to employees who are unable to work for certain reasons related to COVID. Those reasons are: The employee is subject…

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California May Impose New Childcare Obligations for California Businesses

California May Impose New Childcare Obligations for California Businesses California Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo recently introduced a bill that would require California-based companies with more than 1,000 employees to provide up to 60-hours of subsidized backup care for children under 14.  Under the bill, employees would accrue one hour of backup childcare benefits for every 34 hours worked.  The hours would carry over annually, but employers can cap use to 60 hours per calendar year.   It is important to note that the…

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California Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Round Meal Breaks and Noncompliant Wage Statements Create Presumption

The California Supreme Court issued a ruling last week in a case called Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC.  The court decided two legal issues regarding meal breaks, and neither decision was favorable for employers. First, the Court examined whether an employer can round the meal break time punches in order to establish that the employee took a 30-minute meal period.  For instance, many employers have a policy of rounding employee clock-in and clock-out times to the nearest tenth of an hour. …

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