The California Legislature passed a budget trailer bill this year (SB 96) that increased the amount of various penalties for violations of state occupational safety and health laws. Currently, penalties for violating California’s occupational safety and health laws are the highest in the United States.
Be aware of the new minimum wage updates and local ordinances to prevent costly penalties.
With the new overtime rule coming on December 1st, employers may be tempted to switch their exempt employees to independent contractors to avoid paying overtime or the minimum salary of $47,476 per year. However, employees need to be wary of the consequences when misclassifying an employee.