web analytics
Employment Law Attorney San Diego

Call for FREE Consultation


New 2014 Employment Laws

December 2013 by S. Ward Heinrichs
New 2014 Employment Laws

Increase in the minimum wage
The biggest news about new labor laws is the California minimum wage increase. This will affect most, if not all, employers and will raise the wages for many workers, even those who make more than minimum wage.

The new minimum wage law provides for an increase to $9 per hour starting on July 1, 2014 and an increase to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. Obviously, those who make minimum wage will see their wages increase. In addition, those who make the minimum salary to qualify as an exempt employee will also see their salaries increase. Those minimum salaries are equal to two times the minimum wage, so when the minimum wage increases, those salaries also increase. Further, other wage earners making more than the minimum hourly rate and the minimum salary may also see their wages increase because of the general upward pressure in wages from the increase in the minimum wage.

Cool down rest periods
Soon, when the temperature exceeds 85 degrees, outdoor workers will be entitled to at least five minutes of rest on an “as needed” basis. The law does not provide the employer with a way of denying the employee the break, so, apparently, when the employee claims the need for a break, the employer cannot object. Most lawyers believe that the subjective nature of determining when someone needs a break will cause many problems with implementing the requirements of this new law. The law will probably spawn much litigation.

Domestic Workers
Nannies, home health care providers, and maids used to be exempt from the overtime premium pay requirements. Now they are entitled to overtime. If they work more than 9 hours per day or 45 hours per week, then the new law requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for all hours worked beyond those thresholds. They also will be entitled to rest and meal periods

Veterans and active duty military are now protected by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Before the change in the law, employers could discriminate against employees because they were either veterans or active duty personnel and not face discrimination lawsuits based on violations of California law. Now, employers could face discrimination lawsuits if they pick on employees because they are veterans or active duty military.

Grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-law parents are now eligible for Paid Family Leave
The legislature extended Paid Family Leave benefits to grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-law parents. Those groups of people will soon be eligible to receive paid leave to care for grandparents, grandkids, brothers and sisters, and in-laws.

Increased protections for immigrant workers
When immigrant employees assert employment rights, their employers could face retaliation lawsuits if they treat those employees in a way that adversely effects their employment because the immigrant asserted a work place right.

S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq.
Employment Law Office of Ward Heinrichs
4565 Ruffner Street, Suite 207
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 408-7543 (fax)

Employment Law Office of WARD HEINRICHS

4565 Ruffner St. Suite 207 San Diego 92111


Follow Ward Here

The Attorneys at the Employment Law Office of Ward Heinrichs are advocates on behalf of clients throughout CA, including San Diego, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Burbank, Santa Monica, Compton, Pasadena, San Fernando, Long Beach, Glendale,El Centro, Brawley, Imperial, Calipatria, Blythe, Calexico, Indio, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Hemet, Beaumont, Cathedral City, San Bernardino, Riverside, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Perris, Big Bear, Sun City, Ontario, San Clemente, Ocean Side, El Cajon, Escondido, Chula Vista, Los Angeles and Orange County.

Copyright © 2019 All Rights Reserved www.BestEmploymentAttorneySanDiego.com

Designed and Maintained by HellerMarketing.com

Skip to content