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Possible delay in enforcement of new white-collar exemption salary standards

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Next week, a Texas federal court is expected to rule on whether the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rules will take effect as scheduled on Dec. 1, 2016. These new rules, which raise the minimum salary requirements for the Executive, Administrative and Professional exemptions to $913 per week ($47,476 annually) and set automatic future adjustments, have been challenged as unlawful by a number of states.

Labor union activity

Court permanently enjoins DOL persuader rule expansion

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Earlier this year we notified you about the new expanded union persuader rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor this past spring. On Wednesday a Texas federal judge permanently blocked the DOL’s enforcement of these expansions to the persuader rule, finding that the rule is unlawful.

Court rules CarMax's generic used car inspection reports violate California law

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The Northern California Record interviewed Scali Law Firm founder and managing partner, Christian Scali, about this ruling from California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Their decision in Gonzales v. CarMax reversed a district court’s summary judgment in favor of CarMax Auto Superstores LLC and remanded with instructions to enter summary judgment for plaintiff Travis Gonzales. Gonzalez filed the lawsuit against CarMax under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law.

California extends paid family leave benefits

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Since 2004, the Paid Family Leave program has provided monetary benefits to employees who have to temporarily miss work to care for a sick family member or to bond with a new child. This program is funded through employee payroll deductions into the State Disability Insurance fund. Earlier this year, the Governor signed into law a bill that will take effect January of 2018 to increase these benefits.

Employer obligations regarding final pay checks

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Final pay checks have special protections under California law, and therefore, employers must be very careful in calculating and issuing them. We often encounter situations in which an employer wishes to make deductions from an employee’s final paycheck for business losses, such as unreturned uniforms or equipment.

Required notices for medical leaves of absence

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Most employers have had employees request time off for medical reasons at some point, either for planned medical procedures, or when the employee is out unexpectedly and notifies the employer that he/she cannot return to work for some period of time. However many employers are unaware of the specific response and notification requirements that are triggered once they are put on notice of an employee’s need for medical leave.

Using social media and the internet to screen job applicants

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Do you run internet searches or check social media accounts on job applicants? For some employers the internet has become a tool to further screen prospective employees. However, employers must be careful in how they go about gathering such information because search engines and social media sites may expose the employer to information involving protected categories.

Rainmaker Q&A

The Scali Law Firm's Melanie Joo

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Read this Q&A with The Scali Law Firm's Melanie Joo, originally published in Law360. A partner at the firm, Melanie is an experienced legal and business advisor who focuses her practice primarily in two areas: Korean companies entering the U.S. market and automotive companies and dealers.