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Changes coming to employment laws


The new year is approaching quickly. And with it, new employment wage laws. 

Two classifications were recently announced by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) affecting rate changes for computer software employee exemption (from $43.58 to $45.41) and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption (from 82.72 from $79.39). The new rates take effect January 1, 2019. 

Rates are determined by the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. 

Also, recall that California’s minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2019, affecting the commonly used professional, executive and administrative exemptions. Individuals in these classifications must be paid at least two times the state minimum wage, in addition to meeting all other legal requirements for this exemption. More information is available through the Cal Chamber of Commerce report, 2019 Minimum Wage Hike Brings Changes for California Employers 

In January and February, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee will be reviewing the 2019 business laws so that our members will have the tools and resources to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

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