Recent Headlines from HRWatchdog Blog

Following is a sampling of recent entries on the HRWatchdog, the employment law blog from the California Chamber of Commerce.

San Francisco Announces Minimum Wage Increase in January. San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) announced that the minimum wage in San Francisco will increase to $11.05 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. This increase applies to all employers that have employees who perform work in San Francisco.

Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick. CareerBuilder released this year’s “most unbelievable excuses for calling in sick.” This year’s list, just like last year’s, offers up some winners. Over the past year, 28% of employees have called in to work sick. When asked for a reason for taking a sick day, 30% of respondents said they just didn’t feel like going in to work and 29% said they wanted a day to relax. Bad weather kept 11% home.

401k Contribution Limits Rise for 2015. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting 401(k) pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015—including an increase in the amount employees can contribute to their 401(k) plans.

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