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Combining 10-Minute Rest Breaks May--or May Not--Be Lawful in California
A recent decision addresses when rest breaks must occur and whether a company may let employees combine their rest breaks.

How Will Expanded Family Leave Affect California Employers?
Lower-income workers in California stand to benefit from several recent legislative developments: the higher minimum wage and now also a broader paid-family-leave program.

California Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Expansion into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will increase the wage replacement rate under the Paid Family Leave program for California workers from its current level of 55 percent to 60 or 70 percent, depending on the worker's income.

California Enacts $15 Minimum Wage
California has enacted legislation raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The law will raise the wage rate every January starting in 2017 until it reaches $15 an hour for employers with more than 25 workers in 2022. Employers with 25 or fewer workers would have until 2023 to reach the $15 level.

California Supreme Court Takes a Stand on Employers' Obligations to Provide Seating
The Supreme Court of California has ruled on employers’ obligations, under certain circumstances, to provide seating for employees under Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order No. 7-2001.

California Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Agreement
The California Supreme Court ruled an arbitration agreement is not unconscionable merely because it restates existing law. The decision seems to reject a recent trend toward invalidating arbitration agreements for highly technical, abstract or obscure reasons with little or no impact on the matter under dispute.

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Upcoming SHRM Education

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition​
June 19-22, 2016  | Washington, D.C.

SHRM Leadership Development Forum
Sept. 26-29, 2016  | Seattle

SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition 
Oct. 25-27, 2016  | Austin, Texas 


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The Employee Benefits Landscape
How do California employers compare with national averages in benefits offerings? Survey data of more than 300 benefits are reported in 10 areas. 

Employee Benefits Strategies
The purpose of the Employee Benefits Strategies series is to identify the benefits California organizations provide to their employees and determine if they leverage these benefits for recruitment and retention. In this research, California data are compared with national data.

Metro Economic Outlooks
SHRM’s Metro Economic Outlook reports provide comprehensive analysis of the economies of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Click below for reports on:
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego

The Ongoing Impact of the Recession
These survey findings look at differences between California and the U.S. in financial health, hiring, recruiting, and the skills gap.


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California Employment Law: An Employer's Guide
This guide is written for those who must contend with employment law in California as part of their work. This includes employers based outside of California having employees working inside the state. It is written primarily for business people and HR professionals, although in-house counsel and lawyers who practice outside of employment law will find it useful too.