Los Angeles Labor & Employment partner Mark Terman's feature article, "Labor Law Update - What Employers and their Advisors Need to Know for 2012," was published in California CPA Magazine. Cal CPA is a monthly print magazine received by nearly all California certified public accounts.
Mark wrote the article in a continuing effort to gain greater visibility for the Los Angeles office, as well as the firm's vibrant state-wide labor & employment practice in California.
Borrowing Bob Dylan's phrase, "the times they are a-changin," Mark highlighted renewed acceleration of employer regulation in California, due in some measure to same-party alignment in the state's Assembly, Senate and new governor.
The article discusses new regulation in California including: limitations on employer use of credit reports; new notice of wage rate and calculation basis required; written contracts required with commission employees; new penalties for employers (and non-attorney advisors) for wilful misclassification of workers as independent contractors; IRS Voluntary Settlement Program to reclassify contractors as employees; Domestic Partner Rights; Anti-discrimination laws' extension to include gender expression; the DOL's iPhone app for employees to keep a record of their time worked; the NLRB's expansion of influence into non-union workplaces and social media; and wage and hour trends affecting accounting firms classification of unlicensed accountants as exempt or non-exempt.