Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31 (this year on a Wednesday), is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today with trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching
horror movies.. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
With the 2012 Presidential elections approaching in early November, employers need to remember that most states have laws requiring employers to allow employees to take time off to vote, sometimes with pay, subject to the employee’s hours of work and the times when the voting polls are open. In a few states, employers are required to post notices in advance of an election, advising employees of their rights. The following is a listing of several state law requirements.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Sept. 28 that lay the groundwork for a first-ever state-sponsored program that would require private employers to offer a retirement savings option to workers.
In a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision (Costco Wholesale Corporation and United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 371, Case 34-CA-012421), the NLRB invalidated certain COSTCO personnel policies protecting the dissemination of employee health information and personal identifiers.
In late August 2012, the San Francisco Public Health Department announced that rates will rise 9 to 13 cents an hour per employee for San Francisco’s pay-or-play health coverage option.