Seyfarth Synopsis: California employers seeking to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may consider adjusting certain pay plans as a way to control costs. Where these adjustments involve commission agreements and bonus plans, it makes cents to invest some time in recalling that phrase coined by Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” So here
Continue Reading Changing California Commission and Bonus Plans In The Time Of COVID

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers offering bonuses to workers during the COVID-19 crisis must beware the famous saying that “wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” Some bonuses trigger special rules that employers must follow to avoid unexpected liabilities in the time of COVID.

Readers of this blog know that California creates peculiar challenges
Continue Reading Bonuses in the Time of COVID: Avoiding California Pitfalls

Seyfarth Synopsis: While paying employees in California is often a challenge, the regular rate of pay presents a minefield of different formulas for employers to navigate. From what amounts to include, to how the calculation should be performed, determining an employee’s overtime pay rate can be a very complicated task. We provide an overview of some regular rate basics
Continue Reading Regular Rate Refresh: Calculating Overtime for California Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: While Mr. Sinatra could get away with doing things his way, California law requires that employers provide employees facing the final curtain with specific paperwork and a check on their final day. Although these various items may seem simple, failure to correctly provide them can lead to more than a few regrets for employers.

On an employee’s last
Continue Reading When The End Is Near for Departing Employees, Don’t Do It Your Way

As many employers know, California’s new written commission agreement law (Labor Code Section 2751) became effective on January 1, 2013.  This new law requires employers that pay California employees “commissions” to do the following:

1.    have a written contract with the employee regarding commissions that is signed by the employer;

2.    include in the contract the method for

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