A New Change is Dawning in California: What to Expect on July 1, 2014

A New Change is Dawning in California What to Expect on July 1, 2014

The date is July 1, 2014. For some, it is just another day. Falling on a Tuesday, a lot of people might be instead looking forward for the Fourth of July celebrations that will be happening over the weekend. But for a lot of Californians, July 1, 2014 is a big deal, a day that is something to look forward to especially for those who earn wages and salaries. On that day, California will experience a very significant change in terms of its minimum wage, a first since January 1, 2008.

Starting July 1, 2014, California’s minimum wage will be increased by a dollar, thanks to Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown’s approval of Assembly Bill 10, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). Signed into law September 25, 2013, the bill amended the state’s Labor Code to increase the minimum wage in two phases.

What to Expect on July 1, 2014The first phase is expected to take effect next week, in which the state’s minimum wage rate will be increased from the current $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. The second phase of the wage increase indicated on the bill would further add another dollar to the wage rate, making it $10.00 per hour. This, however, would take effect on the first day of 2016.

The last time the state government increased California’s minimum wage rate happened on January 1, 2008, in which the rate rose from $7.50 to $8.00.

Non-exempt employees in California aren’t only the ones who will be affected by the change that will occur next week. Under the wage orders from the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) of the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), exempt employees—those whose work are classified as executive, professional, or administrative—must be paid a salary that is less than twice the prevailing minimum wage. Starting Tuesday next week, exempt workers in California are to be paid based on an annual salary of not less than $37,440.

The new minimum wage rate in California is expected to create a great, if not lasting, impact for both employees and businesses. Whether it is a positive or negative impact remains to be seen. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles labor lawyer explains that in line with the expected changes, it is imperative for employers to consider displaying posters about the $9.00 per hour increase inside the prominent areas of the workplace for the benefit of their workers. They must also provide updated brochures with regard their workers’ compensation and for employees’ leaves of absences for family and health concerns.

 

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California School District Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

California School District Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

Discrimination in the workplace is prohibited in California under the state’s primary employment and labor statute, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). According to a Los Angeles employment lawyer, it covers not just private businesses, but also public entities, including those that are responsible for operating public schools within a certain county or state. While it is expected for school officials to treat each other fairly within their daily operations, some of them go through the ordeal of being discriminated against and even being harassed because of their protected characteristic.

Such was the case of a former school official who filed a lawsuit against Santa Rosa City Schools, the largest school district in Sonoma County in California. Anastasia Zita, the plaintiff in the lawsuit which she filed last month, alleged that she was wrongfully terminated from her post as assistant superintendent last year after suffering from workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She named the seven members of the school board, as well as 50 others who are yet to be named, as the defendants in her suit.

According to the suit, the 52-year-old woman worked for the position of assistant superintendent for the said school district, a post she held since 2005. Her main duty is to oversee curriculum and instruction of Santa Rosa’s secondary schools. During her tenure, she experienced various forms of discrimination and harassment; in the lawsuit, she alleged that she was verbally harassed by her immediate superior. Likewise, she was passed over an opportunity for employment advancement due to age and race. She was also not allowed to take a leave of absence from work in order to attend to her ailing mother. The suit even mentioned that other co-workers also suffered maltreatment at the hands of the school officials.

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