Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries and his controversial comments from a 2006 Salon article are back in the hot seat. Jeffries told the magazine, “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids…”Read more
On May 3, 2013, we reported on the Bangladesh garment factory collapse at Rana Plaza and its connections to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911. Since then, the Rana Plaza tragedy has deepened as the death toll has soared to over 1,000, placing it among the worst workplace disasters in historyRead more
On March 25, 1911, 148 garment workers, mostly poor, Jewish and Italian immigrant women, died in a catastrophic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s factory in New York City. More than one hundred years later, in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh which killed at least 386 people, and a fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory in the capital city of Dhaka last year which killed 100 people, garment workers’ safety and working conditions clearly remain of serious concern.Read more
The California Court of Appeal filed an opinion earlier this month that confirms employers’ obligation to pay a separate hourly minimum wage to any automotive service technician compensated on a “piece-rate” basis for time spent waiting for vehicles to repair or performing other non-repair tasks directed by the employer.Read more
The case of Wang v. Chinese Daily News was tossed down to the district court by the Ninth Circuit on Monday after being handed back to the Ninth Circuit in October 2011 by the United States Supreme Court.
So why the continual hot potato and what does it mean?
The Affordable Care Act added the “employer shared responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code, in section 4980H. Commonly known as the “employer mandate,” these provisions require certain “large” employers to provide “affordable” health coverage to their employees, or else pay a penalty.Read more
President Obama’s re-election brings some certainty to health care reform: though some details may yet change, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is not going away. We all have just over one year to get ready for some of the ACA’s most significant reforms: the individual and employer coverage mandates. When the Affordable Care Act was first passed and signed into law on March 23, 2010, implementation of these major provisions loomed far off in the future. But the time to prepare is now.Read more
Gov. Edmund G. (“Jerry”) Brown on Sunday night September 30 vetoed AB 1450, which the California Chamber of Commerce had dubbed a “job killer.”Read more
Earlier this month, Gov. Brown signed AB 1964, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012, into law. Effective January 2013, California employers will be required to accommodate their employees’ religious dress and grooming practices.Read more