September Newsletter
Beware - Reporting Wage & Hour Violations Just Got Easier

The California Labor Commissioner Launches New On-Line Reporting System

On August 31st, the Department of Industrial Relations (Labor Commissioner) launched an online system allowing anyone to report a business' alleged labor law violations. According to the Labor Commissioner's Press Release, the new online reporting system is simple to use and enables the Labor Commissioner to receive real time leads on businesses that are breaking labor laws so that it's Bureau of Field Enforcement can investigate and take enforcement action.The Report of Labor Law Violations ("Report") can be completed and submitted on-line or it can be printed out for completion and either mailed in or hand-delivered to the Labor Commissioner's Office. The Report asks a number of questions about: 1) the identity and location of the employer being reported; 2) the number of employees; 3) the employers' business hours; 4) whether the employer has a union contract; 5) the designated workweek and normal/standard work schedule; 6) when meal and rest periods are scheduled; 7) whether the employer keeps time records; 8) the employer's pay day and method of payment; 9) how employees are paid (hourly, salary, piece rate, etc.); and 10) what languages are spoken by employees at the company.The Types of Suspected Violations that Can Be Reported Include:

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The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) Veterans Employer of the Year Awards recognize employers who consistently demonstrate positive policies toward U.S. veterans in hiring and promotion, as well as through employee retention efforts, ongoing training, and benefits.

Eligibility for the 2017 Veterans Employer of the Year Award is limited to California employers who are in compliance with all national, state, and local laws, and who are in good standing with the State of California. Individuals, agencies, or organizations are encouraged to submit a nomination with the signed permission of the nominated employer. Employers may also nominate themselves.

Employer winners will be notified in 2017 and honored at the 2017 CEAC Conference during the CEAC Veterans Employer of the year Awards ceremony. For more information, call the CEAC Veterans Committee chairperson at 805-630-2431 or the Employment Development Department Marketing and Constituent Services office at 916-654-9295.
Survey/SB1175 Results

Small Business California conducted their annual "Small Business Survey" and the results are in. We had 858 respondents. For all of you that responded thank you. The results can be accessed at  www.smallbusinesscalifornia.org
 
SB 1175, sponsored by Small Business California and authored by Senator Mendoza, was signed by the Governor last week. This is a pretty straight forward bill that requires providers to get their bills to  the insurance carriers within a year of service. This should reduce liens being filed by providers outside the insurance companies Medical Provider Network. It may seem hard to believe, but this was costing about $800 million to the workers' compensation system.
Small Business California I believe was the only California business association to take a position on this.

Scott Hauge
President
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116
shauge@cal-insure.com
415-680-2188
 
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Solano County Transit (SolTrans) is a relatively new member of SEAC. "As the day-to-day HR point of contact for our agency, I rely on organizations like SEAC to help me stay compliant. With HR being one of my many job duties, I appreciate the many opportunities that SEAC provides for me to draw upon the experts for up-to-date information and advice," states SolTrans Board Clerk Suzanne Fredriksen.
 
Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and regional fixed routes, complementary paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, composed of two representatives from the cities of Benicia and Vallejo, Solano County's representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.

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