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The Rotary Club of INDIO SUNRISE

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Posted by Joseph Daily of the Indio Sunrise Rotary Club on Feb 15, 2017 On February 14, 2017 our Flag salute was led by Bob Schneck, our Invocation by Denny Davis, and the 4 Way Test led by Pastor Stephen Sloat. Our program Today Attorneys Karen Sloat and Alexander Reed from the Law Office… Read More »

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How Do I Work Thee, Let Me Count the Ways … Part II

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The California Supreme Court clarifies the Labor Code’s “day of rest” rule. Under California law, an employee is entitled to at least one day of rest in seven, and any employer that causes an employee to work without a day of rest in seven is guilty of a misdemeanor.[1] There are exceptions to this… Read More »

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Heat Illness Prevention Regulations

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

As summer heat has arrived, employers should refresh themselves on the Heat Illness Prevention Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3395) for outdoor workplaces. These regulations protect every outdoor worker regardless of immigration status. Employers need to have a developed and written procedure in both English and the language understood by the… Read More »

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California Supreme Court Decision Punishes Employers for Requiring “On Call” Rest Breaks.

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal. 5th 257 Employers are required to authorize 10 minute duty free rest breaks for their employees for every four hours of work, approximately in the middle of the four hours, under the IWC Wage Orders. The term “duty free rest periods” means employers “must relieve… Read More »

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Employment Law Updates for all Employers – January 1, 2017

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Dear Clients, business owners and Colleagues, I am writing to notify you about recently enacted legislation taking effect on January 1, 2017, as well as other important developments in labor and employment law. This list is not exhaustive, but I wanted to touch on a few key developments heading employers’ way in 2017. Minimum… Read More »

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Piece-Rate Safe Harbor Deadline Today

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Dear Clients, In an attempt to preserve your defenses, if you have submitted the “Piece-Rate Back Pay Notice of Election Form,” Karen suggests resubmitting it with the following language inserted in the “Other Locations Where Employer Does Business…” section: “In making this election, [YOUR NAME] does not agree or admit it has any liability… Read More »

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Piece-Rate Safe Harbor Deadline

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Dear Clients, business owners and Colleagues, I am writing to notify you that July 1, 2016 is the deadline to file a Notice of Election with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) concerning your (or your acquaintances’) past or current payment of piece rate to employees. The DIR permits employers who file the Notice… Read More »

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Hands OFF Those PAGA Rights

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers: if your standard employment contract includes a mandatory arbitration clause, please be aware that there are limits on what issues and claims you can force into arbitration. In a recent California Appellate Court case, an employer included a mandatory arbitration clause in its employment contract. Within the arbitration clause was a provision allowing… Read More »

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Employee or Independent Contractor?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Do you have Independent Contractors providing services to your business? If you do, be aware that California has strict standards to determine who is truly an Independent Contractor, versus who is actually an employee being intentionally misclassified as an independent contractor. The Courts, the Labor Commissioner and government agencies are applying strict scrutiny to… Read More »

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“Benevolent” Employers Beware

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Sometimes an employer is approached by an employee with a special request, such as paying the employee “under the table,” or underreporting the employee’s hours to payroll, so the employee doesn’t lose certain government benefits such as low-income housing assistance. This proposition may be tempting for the employer, as it would allow the employee… Read More »

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