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Prevailing Wages: Small Project Exemption Clarified

Steve Holden   July 3, 2017

Contractors who are new to public works or who only take on public works projects infrequently may misunderstand the “small project exemption.”  The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently issued a clarification notice to minimize the misunderstanding. A contractor who fits within the small project exemption is not required to register with the DIR as a public works contractor and is not required to file certified payroll reports electronically.  The […]

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New Transgender Regulations Effective July 1, 2017

Adrian Hoppes   June 30, 2017

The DFEH has been progressive in updating regulations to expand protections for transgender employees against discrimination. In April of 2016 new definitions were provided which included sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender.  Effective July 01, 2017, new transgender identity and expression regulations will take effect, which may impact employment policies you have in place. Below are the relevant changes which should be reviewed against your current policies and practices. […]

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California Supreme Court Clarifies the Day of Rest Requirement

Steve Holden   May 9, 2017

For eighty years employers have been obligated to provide employees with rest days. For eighty years it was unclear precisely what that obligation meant. Yesterday the California Supreme Court provided clarification. In 1937 sections 551 and 552 were added to the Labor Code. Together they simply state: “Every person employed in any occupation of labor is entitled to one day’s rest therefrom in seven. No employer of labor shall cause his employees to […]

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Big Day of Giving – Children’s Receiving Home

Admin   May 4, 2017

We are proud to sponsor such an awesome and impactful organization.

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March For Babies

Admin   April 27, 2017

Join us in supporting Katherine Piasente as she walks in honor of baby Carter. Katherine is one of our passionate and amazing team members that is supporting her friends and her community. Holden Law Group is behind Katherine 100% and we are pleased to be able to help March of Dimes and its mission.

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Gender Neutral Restrooms – Is Your Business Affected?

Holly Clark   February 28, 2017

Restrooms across California are in for a big change starting March 1, 2017. The groundbreaking gender-neutral restroom law passed by Governor Brown late last year is finally going into effect, and time is up for California businesses to get their restroom signage in check. The new law requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or state or local government agency to be identified as […]

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State Supreme Court Rules: Employees Must “Rest” in Peace

Adrian Hoppes   January 18, 2017

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Augustus et al. v ABM Security Services Inc., __Cal.4th__, 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. Dec. 22, 2016) clarifying employer obligations for rest periods (hereinafter “breaks”).  Review was granted by the Supreme Court to evaluate whether or not employee breaks are intended to be “off duty” within the same meaning generally used for meal periods, and whether or not remaining “on call” […]

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What Does “Provide the Reasonable Opportunity to Take An Off-Duty Meal Period” Really Mean?

Micaela Neal   January 11, 2017

In a ground-breaking decision in 2012 the California Supreme Court ruled that while employers must provide employees with off-duty 30 minute meal periods, they need not ensure employees take such meal periods, and need not police meal periods to ensure no work is performed. Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (2012) 53 Cal.4th 1004. While the decision was a victory for employers, the court left open the question of what […]

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