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New Year, New Minimum Wages for California

2023 was supposed to be the year that all California employers would be subject to the same minimum wage of $15.00 per hour.  However, inflation has triggered a further increase. Effective January 1, 2023, the state minimum wage for all California employers will be $15.50. Some cities and counties raised the minimum wage rate that... Continue Reading
December 1, 2022

The City of Los Angeles Passes Retail Fair Workweek Ordinance

Today, November 29, 2022, the Los Angeles City Council passed the Fair Work Week Ordinance on the second reading. The ordinance now goes to the mayor for final approval. If approved by the mayor, it will take effect on April 1, 2023. Covered Employers Under the ordinance, covered employers are defined as those businesses identified... Continue Reading
November 29, 2022

Computer Software Employees and Physicians Overtime Exemption Rates for 2023

In order for an employee to be deemed exempt from overtime regulations under California law, the employee must fit into a category of work that is deemed exempt. The most common exemption is the executive, administrative, and professional exemption, which includes workers who are employed in administrative, managerial, executive, or professional capacities. There are also... Continue Reading
November 14, 2022

Industry Minimum Wage Increases On The Ballot in Some California Cities  

As the dust settles after another active California legislative session, employers still have more legislation to be on the lookout for by way of ballot measures. In the midterm elections this year, several cities in California will be voting on regulations that will impact employers. Over the summer, several California cities considered, and some passed... Continue Reading
November 8, 2022

Register Now for the California Workplace Law Breakfast Series

We are excited to welcome you back to our annual in-person presentation of updates in the areas of wage and hour, leave and accommodation and workplace safety in The Golden State. Join Jackson Lewis P.C. attorneys across California, network with your peers and end the year with new connections. REGISTER NOW (Registration Fee: $50.00 per... Continue Reading
November 7, 2022

The City of Irvine May Be Next to Pass a Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance

In recent years several cities, including Los Angeles and West Hollywood have passed hotel worker protection ordinances, which put both safety and workload protections in place. The city of Irvine may be joining this trend. On October 25th, the Irvine City Council voted by a close margin to pass a hotel worker protection ordinance. The... Continue Reading
November 7, 2022

California Tightens Rules on Vehicle Tracking, Fleet Management

Over the past several years, there has been a significant increase in the use of dashcam technology. The technology available in the market is quite advanced. As we observed here, these devices can be equipped with geolocation, AI, facial recognition, and other technologies.  Designed primarily to enhance driver safety and fleet management, privacy concerns are tapping the brakes... Continue Reading
October 28, 2022

Getting Local: City of Santa Monica Local Ordinances

Like its neighbor City of Los Angeles, Santa Monica has local employment ordinances. However, as a popular tourist destination, Santa Monica has several ordinances pertaining to the hospitality industry that employers should take note of.   Minimum Wage and Hotel Worker Living Wage On July 1, 2022, Santa Monica raised the minimum wage for most... Continue Reading
October 25, 2022

Ninth Circuit Holds California’s ABC Test for Classifying Independent Contractors Does Not Violate First Amendment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reviewed a challenge to California’s “ABC Test,” also referred to as Assembly Bill (AB) 5, which is California’s test for whether a worker can be classified as an independent contractor.  In Mobilize the Message, LLC v. Bonta, the plaintiffs appealed the district court’s denial of a... Continue Reading
October 18, 2022

California Department of Public Health Updates Definition of Close Contact

Previously, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) had redefined “close contact’ as someone sharing the same indoor airspace with a person who had COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This definition had caused issues for employers in particular who needed to comply with notice requirements. These... Continue Reading
October 17, 2022