Significant amendments to California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, also known as the California Paid Sick Leave Law, went into effect immediately after Governor Jerry Brown signed  AB 304 into law on July 13, 2015. Key provisions of the amendment affect calculation of the rate of pay, method of accrual of paid leave, and recordkeeping.

Rate of Pay Calculation

If you own a business in California or do business here and your company has 50 or more employees, anyone who acts as a supervisor at your company must, by law, take sexual harassment prevention training. Even if you don’t have 50 employees or operate your business in California, training is strongly recommended to protect your business and employees – every company needs supervisors who know the law.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the system failure which prevented the processing of visas around the world for over two weeks -- including H-2A visas for farm workers -- has been resolved.  Initially it was estimated that the inability of the State Department to process H2A visas cost California farmers between $500,000 and $1,000,000 per day.  WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick spoke with reporters from the paper about the disruption and said that although “It is too soon to get an exact estimate” of the total financial losses sustained by the agriculture

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