California Computer Professional Exemption’s Hourly rate of pay requirement declines to $36


Down from the previous $49.77 per hour, the rate-of-pay requirement for a computer professional to be considered ‘exempt’ becomes $36.00 per hour effective January 1, 2008.

Click here for California’ current wage orders.

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California Abitration Agreements Becoming More Difficult to Enforce

Employers who have employees sign an arbitration agreement, especially with wage-and-hour class action waivers, are having a tough time enforcing them.

Once again, the California Court of Appeal rejected an agreement as ‘unconscionable and unenforceable’.

Make sure you review any arbitration agreements with your attorney.

Courtesy of Jackson Lewis.

The "Engagement Gap"

Towers Perrin recently published a study of over 86,000 workers around the world showing that only 21% of employees are ‘engaged’ (meaning, they have a total and complete dedication to their job and company).

More and more small businesses are looking for solutions to reduce employee turnover, and the best way do to that is to develop systems to engage your employees.

Today’s article in the Baltimore Sun explains.

Managing Sexual Harassment Complaints

There’s so much gloom and doom among employers when a employee files a harassment complaint. Much of is justified; however, when an employer handles the investigation properly, the results are (usually) justified.

In this case – an example of an employer doing the right thing – an appellate court recognized the Faragher/Ellerth defense of an employer (even though a jury thought differently).

From Ogletree Deakins.

Office Romance and The Employer

I generally advise clients to adopt a ‘bright line’ approach to employee romances; that is, prohibit supervisors from dating direct reports. However, other options are available, with the exception that businesses in California may not prohibit employees from dating (just supervisors dating direct reports).

This article, by Jennifer Brown Shaw of Shaw Valenza, identifies many more pitfalls to an employer if some steps are not taken.