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Federal rule on joint employment rolled back

By   /  Friday, June 23rd, 2017  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Federal rule on joint employment rolled back

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Judge’s block of federal overtime exemption rule great for California employers

By   /  Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Judge’s block of federal overtime exemption rule great for California employers

Henry Dubroff

It’s a rare event when a federal rule sets a higher pay standard than worker-friendly California. That’s part of the reason why I wondered whether a Department of Labor mandate to sharply raise the level for overtime exemption to $47,476 a year on Dec. 1 amounted to a war on small businesses. On Nov. 22, Read More →

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Fiduciary rule may get watered down

By   /  Friday, July 15th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Fiduciary rule may get watered down

By Burt Williamson The Department of Labor rule that Jim Wisdom addressed in the July 8-14, 2016 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times is an attempt by the government to weed out unscrupulous sales people who are only looking to make a commission without concern to the long-term impact on the consumer. That would Read More →

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Overtime rules could help California firms keep employees

By   /  Friday, June 3rd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Overtime rules could help California firms keep employees

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New labor rules may create permanent underclass of businesses

By   /  Friday, May 27th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Small Business  /  Comments Off on New labor rules may create permanent underclass of businesses

Henry Dubroff

America’s small business owners are a resilient group. We’ve put up with increased regulation, the financial crisis, the credit crunch, unsound fiscal policy and political gridlock. But since 2004, the total number of U.S. small businesses has been in decline – there have not been enough new business starts to replace companies that were sold Read More →

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New adviser rules may bolster retirement plans

By   /  Friday, April 8th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on New adviser rules may bolster retirement plans

New rules for financial planners advising retirement plans and Health Savings Accounts could have an unexpected benefit for small businesses. The rules, from the U.S. Department of Labor, place new “fiduciary” responsibilities on financial advisers and consultants. They must pick the most economical plans – without regard to their own compensation — when advising clients. Read More →

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