Governor signs leave mandate for small business, ban on salary history inquiries

[Source: CalChamber] Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation mandating that small businesses provide a new protected leave of absence. SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) was identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job killer. Also signed today was AB 168 (Eggman; D-Stockton), which bans employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s Read More…

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

[Source: Associated Press] The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers – a share the study calls “disturbingly high” – say they face Read More…

On-call rest periods are not allowed, California Supreme Court rules

[Source: CalChamber/HR Watchdog] California employers will need to re-examine their rest-break policies and practices. In a disappointing decision for California businesses, the California Supreme Court ruled today that on-call rest periods are not permissible. Today’s decision will require many California employers to re-examine their rest-break policies and practices. Supreme Court Ruling In Augustus, et al. Read More…

Insurance commissioner urges carriers to cut workers comp premiums 14 percent

[Source: Los Angeles Business Journal] California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is urging insurance carriers in the state to cut the workers compensation premiums they charge employers by 14 percent. Thursday Jones lowered his suggestion for the average premium rate to $2.19 per $100 of employer payroll, which represents a 14 percent drop on average from Read More…