Employment in the United States of America

Employment in the United States of America

Employment in the United States of America

Moos, D. & Kim, K. (2020, August 14). Working from home? California employers must reimburse you for some utilities. Retrieved August 14, 2020, from https://www.pe.com/2020/08/14/working-from-home-california-employers-must-reimburse-you-for-some-utilities/

As California employees have transitioned to working remotely, several labor and privacy laws have been set in motion to ensure compensation. California employers must reimburse remote employees for expenses related to their job duties, pay their remote employees for all time worked, and disclose any data collection as a result of monitoring remote employees. Failure to meet any of the aforementioned criterion could result in legal action being taken against employers. The adjustments to accommodate for remote employees is relatively simple, the consequences, however, are significant.

Avalos, G. (2020, August 13). Coronavirus unemployment: California jobless claims fall for third straight week. The Mercury News. Retrieved August 14, 2020, from https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/13/coronavirus-unemployment-california-job-claims-economy-layoff-edd-tech/

During these unprecedented times, the California economy has taken quite the hit – with as many as 7.51 million California workers filing first-time claims for unemployment since the initial government-imposed business shutdowns. Since early March, the number of jobless claims has been on the decline. As of recent, the rolling average of jobless claims was 242,400. California is on a slow healing journey as the employment market in California remains weak. The Employment Development Department (EDD) permeates the struggles felt by the unemployment population because according to estimates of the EDD, 1.13 million unemployed California workers are still not receiving payments.

Ring, E. (2020, July 31). California Supreme Court Finally Rules on Case Affecting Pensions. California Policy Center. https://californiapolicycenter.org/california-supreme-court-finally-rules-on-case-affecting-pensions/

This last week, The California Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association vs Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association. In this case, attorneys that represented government unions challenged pension reforms that were voted into place in 2013. The “California Rule” that is currently in place regarding pensions limits the way pensions can be modified for public employees by elected officials and voters through ballot measures. The Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PERPA) was enacted in 2013 in an attempt to help mitigate pension costs. As it was unions argued that employees should be allowed to use whatever pension systems were in place at the time of their hire when they retired. Meaning any modifications to the pension systems would only affect new hires from that point forward. The Court’s ruling that PERPA was enacted to close the previously existing loopholes and abuse of the pension system.

Ring, E. (2020, July 22). How Much Do California’s City Workers Make? California Policy Center. https://californiapolicycenter.org/27460-2/

As layoffs and budget cuts are considered by many businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 closures, public sector employee wages are being questioned. According to Ring, “non-safety city employees make at least 77 percent more than the private sector workers they serve.” The average pay for a California city employee in a non-safety occupation was that of $130,719 compared to the private sector average of $61,290 in 2019.The average earnings of safety personnel in California cities is much higher, with proposed budget cuts personnel earnings will decrease but is it right? That question is unanswered, as the cuts are necessary to ensure the financial stability of public institutions.

Ring, E. (2020, April 9). California Cities Hike Minimum Wage as Economy Falters. California Policy Center. https://californiapolicycenter.org/california-cities-hike-minimum-wage-as-economy-falters/

In this article Ring argues that with a faltering economy a hike in the minimum wage – that was voted into effect before the pandemic – will cause more harm than good. The current pandemic will test the limits of many small businesses that lack financial resiliency to survive long shutdowns. Ring argues that a way to help small businesses survive is to put a halt on further minimum wage hikes that are impending. California State’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $14.00 per hour on January 1, 2021.

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