- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
In a decision unfavorable to employers, the California Supreme Court in Augustus v. ABM Security recently ruled that employees must be relieved of all duties and relinquish all control over employees during rest periods. At issue in the case, the defendant employer, a security company, required its security guard employees to keep pagers and radio phones turned on and with them during rest periods. The Court reasoned that on-duty or on-call rest periods require employees to essentially perform free work, meaning that the employee receives the same amount of compensation for working through the rest periods as the employee would have had the employee been permitted to take off-duty rest periods.
- Written by Jacquelyn E. Larson
This is just a quick reminder that effective January 1, 2017, California’s minimum wage was increased to $10.50/hour. However, this increase is only applicable to employers with 26 employees or more. Employers with 25 employees or less will not see a hike in minimum wage until January 1, 2018. The minimum wage will continue to increase up through 2022 for employers with 26 employees or more each year, and through 2023 for employers with 25 employees or less.