Thursday, December 26, 2013

New wage and hour laws

Below is the first part of an article by Mary Luros from 
I’ve heard that there are some new wage and hour laws going into effect next year. As an employer, what do I need to know?
Consider yourself warned, employers — several new laws are appearing in 2014 that might alter your business practices.
Arguably, the biggest change will be the new minimum wage. California’s current minimum wage is increasing July 1 from $8 to $9 per hour, and on Jan. 1, 2016, to $10 per hour.
The minimum wage hike is great for employees, but may be tough on businesses. A change in wages could result in businesses cutting back on hiring and employees’ hours. The best way to avoid these challenges is to start planning now.
If you fail to comply with minimum wage laws, there’s also a new law exposing you to liquidated damages, including repaying your employees their unpaid wages with interest.
Be careful if an employee attempts to assert his or her rights under the labor code. Currently, employees are protected from being fired or discriminated against, but under new law, they are also protected from retaliation or “adverse action.”
Marc Primo Pulisci is a Los Angeles based attorney practicing with Initiative Legal Group. Marc Primo Pulisci has been practicing law for over 10 years. Find Marc on Marc Primo TwitterMarc Primo MantaMarc Primo FacebookMarc Primo Squarespace, Marc Primo Pulisci Dot Com,   Marc Primo Dot Com Marc Primo Blog Marc Primo Pulisci BlogMarc Primo TumblrMarc Primo Pulisci Tumblr

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