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2014 Employment Law Changes By Madan Ahluwalia
What minimum wage rate changes are to become effective in 2014?
The minimum wages in California will increase to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014. The minimum wage rate changes in other states, effective January 1, 2014, include: • Arizona to $7.90 per hour • Connecticut to $8.70 per hour • Florida to $7.93 per hour • Missouri: $7.50 per hour • Montana: $7.90 per hour • New Jersey: $8.25 per hour • Ohio: $7.95 per hour for businesses with annual gross income above $292,000 per year, • Oregon: $9.10 per hour • Rhode Island: $8.00 per hour • Vermont: $8.73 per hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. This federal minimum wage, however, does not supersede state set mini-
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mum wages. Employers are required to pay the higher rates if a state’s minimum rates are higher than the federal rates. Some cities have already raised the minimum wage that employees in the city receive. For example, last January the city of San Francisco raised the minimum wage to $10.55 per hour making it the highest minimum wage in the country!
What changes will be made to the California Labor Code in 2014?
As of January 1, 2014, employees will receive additional protection against discrimination or termination if they are victims of certain crimes or need to take time off from work in order to attend court appearances related to these matters. The protection is also being expanded to include those individuals with military or veteran status. With the current California law that is already in place, employers are not allowed
to discriminate against or terminate an employee that requests time off from work due to being a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence. In 2014, this protection will now include victims of the following crimes: • vehicular manslaughter while under the influence; • felony child abuse; • assault that resulted in the demise of a child less than eight years old; • felony physical abuse of an elderly per son or dependent adult; • felony stalking; • solicitation for murder; • felony DUI resulting in injury; • hit-and-run resulting in injury or death; • other serious felonies n
Madan Ahluwalia is a California attorney who practices law in Santa Clara, CA. His website is www.attorneyonradio.com. He can be reached at (408) 416-3149
Published on Nov 27, 2013