California Labor Law Task Force Has Record-Breaking Results

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013

new report released by the state Labor Commissioner reveals that labor law enforcement over the past two years has broken previous enforcement records. Enforcement efforts in 2011 and 2012 resulted in more minimum and overtime wages found owing to California workers and more monetary penalties for illegal business practices than in any previous years in the past decade.

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Tags: Labor enforcemnt task force, unpaid overtime, civil penalties, higher citation rate, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, LETF, Minimum Wage, HR That Works

EEOC's Top Priority: GINA

Posted on Wed, May 29, 2013

This month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled itsfirst ever lawsuit involving the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).

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Tags: GINA, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Want That Promotion? Watch What You Wear

Posted on Tue, May 28, 2013

What you wear to work may affect your chances for promotion, according to a recent survey by Office Team, an employment agency that specializes in administrative staffing. Eighty percent of executives interviewed admitted that clothing choices affect who they choose to promote. 

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Tags: dress code, dress code at work, promotion, employees, HR Allen Consulting Services, Employers, HR Informant

Server's Tip Credit Class Claim

Posted on Fri, May 24, 2013

When should a tipped employee no longer be treated as a tipped employee?  Plaintiffs’ lawyers argue that restaurants cannot utilize the tip credit, or pay tipped employees a sub-minimum wage, if tipped employees perform any “non-tipped” duties, such as washing dishes or taking out the trash.  Earlier this week, a District Court in the Northern District of Indiana rejected this argument.  (See here)  Specifically, the court dismissed a former server’s claim that the FLSA was violated by restaurants paying servers, bartenders, and hosts a sub-minimum wage while they performed non-tipped duties.  This decision could be far reaching because restaurants across the country are being hit with similar class or collective action lawsuits.  

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Tags: conditional certification, tip credit, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, FLSA

Cable Company Pays Over $1 Million in Back Wages

Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013

A cable installation company recently entered into a consent judgment with the U.S. Department of Labor, agreeing to pay over $1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to nearly 200 workers. [here] The consent judgment also enjoins the company -- and its former vice president -- from future violations of the FLSA. 

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Tags: wage and hour enforcement, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, independent contractors, misclassification, Department of Labor

Five Don'ts When Hiring Employees in California - Avoid A Lawsuit

Posted on Wed, May 22, 2013

Isn’t it true that nationwide employers can interview and hire employees for their California offices so long as they follow federal hiring laws?  In a nutshell, no way.  Hiring in California presents a host of nuanced, state-specific rules that often add up to “don’ts.” We list a few for you below.

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Tags: California, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, Privacy, Employment, Reasonable Expectation, Right, Hiring

California Employer Cited for More Than $1.6 Million

Posted on Mon, May 20, 2013

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Tags: employer penalties, meal and rest break violations, overtime requirements, unpaid wages, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, wage theft, HRCalifornia

Summer Vacation

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013

Summer is around the corner and your employees are likely planning vacations. There is no legal requirement for most employers to offer vacation or paid time off (PTO), but employers usually offer one or the other of these benefits to attract and retain employees.

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Tags: HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, PTO, vacation, California Law, Vacation policy

Is Your Business In Compliance? - Assess Your Current HR Function

Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013

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Tags: HR Assessment, HR Checklist, Human Resource Assessment, Human Resource Checklist, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant

Yahoo Expands Company's Parental Leave Policy

Posted on Tue, May 14, 2013

Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, who was caught in the crossfire earlier this year after axing Yahoo’s work from home policy, has expanded the company’s parental leave benefits.

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Tags: HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, California leave laws, expanded parental leave of absence, parental leave of absence, Yahoo