How Can I Complete an I-9 Form for a Remote Employee?

When hiring a new employee, or converting an employee from an independent contractor to an employee, the company must complete an I-9 form in person, within three days of hire, to establish the employee's authorization to work in the United States. For remote employees who are far from the nearest office, this can pose a …

All California Employers with 5+ Employees Must Provide Sexual Harassment Training by 2020, Even if Trained in 2018

On September 30, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law S.B. 1343, which now requires that employers with 5 or more employees in California provide 1 hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct training to non-managerial employees, and 2 hours for managerial employees once every two years. Managerial employees must receive training within 6 months …

Jennifer Grady, Esq. Speaks at San Diego Global Investment Forum on Immigration Options for Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Global Employees

Jennifer Grady, Esq. has been invited to appear as a panelist at the San Diego Global Investment Forum in sunny San Diego, California.  This event, which will took place on September 19-20, 2018, is hosted by the San Diego Global Partnership.  As part of the panel on "Foreign Direct Investment," Ms. Grady shared her expertise …

What Can Employers Learn From the Harvey Weinstein Scandal? Tips from an Employment Lawyer on Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.* As Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment in the work place dominates the headlines on the heels of other scandals involving Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, President Trump, Billy Bush, and former President Bill Clinton, it is time to explore ways that we all can take tangible action to help make …

Plaintiffs Given Broad Access to Discovery in PAGA Suits by California Supreme Court

by Grace Lim-Ayres, Esq. On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC) issued an opinion addressing the scope of discovery in representative actions brought under PAGA (Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, codified in Cal. Lab. Code § 2698 et seq.).  The Labor Code Private Attorneys …

Santa Monica, California’s Minimum Wage and Sales Tax Will Increase on July 1, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, the City of Santa Monica will implement changes to its sales tax and minimum wage. For small employers with 1-25 employees, the wage will be $10.50 per hour. For large employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $12.00 per hour. In addition, for employee of …

New Year, New Employer Responsibilities for January 2017

California legislators continue to create new and revise old laws.  A summary of the changes for 2017, and annual best practices recommendations, are provided below: Take note of increase to minimum wage and update in payroll/ with payroll processor Advise employees of decreased mileage reimbursement to 53.5 cents per mile Post updated federal, state, and …

Online filing with the EDD will be mandatory for Companies with 10+ Employees in 2017

Beginning Sunday, January 1, 2017, more California employers will be required to file employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits electronically.

A state law signed by Governor E. G. Brown Jr. in 2015, requires Employers with 10 or more employees to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Increased Minimum Wage for Employers with 26+ Employees Starting Jan 1, 2017

The California minimum wage law has been modified so that the wages will gradually increase to $15.00 per hour by 2022. For the first time, the increases are grouped by employer size.  Employers with 26 or more employees will need to increase the minimum wage from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour on January …

Changes to California Paid Sick Leave Requirements on July 13, 2015

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. The new Paid Sick Leave law that went into effect in California on July 1, 2015 was already amended less than two weeks after it took effect on July 1, 2105. This means that employers may have to revisit, and most likely update their paid leave …