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West Virginia Bill Calls For Background Checks On College Students
An overview of New 2014 Laws Affecting California Employers
United States: 2014 State Minimum Wage Increases

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We spend most of our day with our colleagues, however, when at work even romance needs to follow some decorum


Simple rules to help you survive at work:

1. Goes without saying, but refrain from flirting and keep your office love life at home.

2. If you are going to bring treats, bring enough for all. Same goes for gifts; bringing something for just one can be awkward. Think Potluck.

3. It's OK to wear hearts and festive colors. It's even OK to wish your colleagues a Happy Valentine's Day (but keep it short and sweet).

February 2014

Message from Our President, Sandra James   


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Lawmakers never slow down and neither do we. As we gear up for WBENC's Summit and Salute I expect to learn, be surrounded by bold new ideas, and network with so many inspirational people. We would love to see you next month in New Orleans for the Summit and Salute conference.
We want our clients to always have the upper hand when it comes to the law. For any of our clients in the Northern California East Bay area and anyone who may have lingering questions about healthcare reform consider this upcoming event: Healthcare Reform-Lessons To Help Us Embrace The Change. You can find more information about the event here.
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West Virginia Bill Calls For Background Checks On College Students 
A new West Virginia house bill proposed during the first legislative session of the year seeks to give colleges and universities the right to run background checks on students and prospective students. The main focus of HB-4008 applies to students applying to on-campus housing.
The bill will give the option for students to request a background check on a fellow student who either live within on-campus housing or are seeking residency there. The student would bear the financial obligation of the background check. In the following article, President Scott Miller of Bethany College in WV states, "The legislation that has been proposed would be another tool to assist certain institutions of higher education in properly screening applications to further ensure the safety of their campus communities."

For the full article and link to WV State website 
click here
An overview of New 2014 Laws Affecting California Employers
California enacted new employment laws that will affect California employers' day-to-day operations and policies in 2014. Some of the new laws for 2014 make significant changes in key areas, such as the new minimum wage, new protections for immigrants and expanded leaves of absence. Other new laws make small changes to different parts of existing law or relate to specific industries.

Specific to background checks; SB 530 amends Labor Code sections 432.7 to prohibit an employer from asking any applicant to disclose information concerning a conviction that has been judicially expunged, sealed or dismissed. AB 218 prohibits a state or local agency from asking any applicant to disclose information regarding a criminal conviction until after the agency determines the applicant meets minimum employment qualifications. The latter of the two legislations will not go into effect until July 1, 2014.

For the detailed report in PDF format, click the following link: An Overview Of New 2014 Laws Affecting California Employers
United States: 2014 State Minimum Wage Increases
In an earlier Mondaq article, minimum wage increases are scheduled to take effect in 14 states for 2014. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. For 2014, 21 states and Washington, D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. All employers, especially employers with multi-state operations, should be up-to-date with the developments in state wage and hour legislation. It is important to note that these changes also take affect overtime pay calculations, if applicable.

Tied to this are the state notice requirements, not every state is required but it is best practice for an employer to give written notice, or post notices, of such an increase. States that do have such requirements and for employers that fail to post notices may be liable for penalties and fines in accordance with state laws.

For a summary of state wage increases click here 

Always in your corner,

Sandra James
President, CEO
Private Eyes, Inc.