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Month: August 2015

Payment of Commission

A commission is an agreement, between an employer and employee, basing the employee’s compensation on a certain percentage of goods or services sold by the employee. The compensation is either a percentage of the price or product sold, or a flat amount per unit sold. The commission agreement will determine…

EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation Discrimination Already Illegal Under Federal Law

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued an opinion that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, and therefore already prohibited by Title VII. California employees are explicitly protected from sexual orientation discrimination by state law. However, the EEOC’s ruling is significant because if federal courts follow…

Emeryville Raises Local Minimum Wage and Institutes Paid Sick Leave

Emeryville, near Oakland, California, recently joined a growing number of U.S. cities in raising its local minimum wage. Effective July 1, 2015, Emeryville raised its minimum wage and implemented paid sick leave for all employees who work at least two hours within the city’s geographic boundaries. The new ordinance sets…

Whistleblowers under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 mandates certain requirements for the reliability and usefulness of financial reporting by publicly traded companies. It prohibits an employer whose securities must be registered under federal securities laws from discharging, discriminating against or retaliating against an employee for reporting employer conduct that the employee believes…

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