California Labor Commissioner Issues First Opinion On California’s Paid Sick Leave Law


The California Labor Commissioner has issued its first opinion on California’s new paid sick leave law.  The opinion clarifies how many hours of paid sick leave an employee is entitled to receive under the “lump sum” method of providing sick leave at the beginning of a calendar year or 12-month period.

California DLSE Revises Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice and FAQs


by Sayema Hameed

On April 12, 2012, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) issued revised FAQs regarding the new California Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011.  The DLSE also issued a revised Notice template for use by employers.  The Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011, which adds Section 2810.5 to the California Labor Code, went into effect January 1, 2012.  The law requires all employers to provide non-exempt employees, at the time of hire, a written notice that contains specific employment information.

California’s Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 Effective January 1, 2012


by Sayema Hameed

A wide array of new employment laws go into effect in California in 2012.  Among the new laws that will impact the day-to-day operations of employers is the new “Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011,” which adds Section 2810.5 to the California Labor Code.  Effective January 1, 2012, employers will be required to provide to non-exempt employees, at the time of hiring, a notice including the following information:

  • √ The employer’s rate(s) of pay and how the employee will be paid (salary, hourly, commission);
  • √ The rates for overtime;
  • √ Any allowances claimed as part of the minimum wage, including meal or lodging allowances;
  • √ The employer’s regular payday;
  • √ The employer’s name, including any fictitious business names under which it operates;
  • √ The employer’s physical and mailing addresses; and
  • √ Contact information for the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.