California Minimum Wage
The minimum wage rate in California has increased in recent years to be
among the highest in the nation. California only trails behind
Washington and Oregon for the highest minimum wage rate. Each state
usually increases its minimum wage rate each year between five to ten
cents, with California increasing each year at about fifty cents.
The minimum wage for California stands at eight dollars an hour with
Washington and Oregon at eight and a half dollars an hour. However San
Francisco has a minimum wage of nine dollars and seventy-nine cents.
The federal minimum wage designates that all states' minimum wages must
be above seven dollars and twenty-five cents. California's minimum wage
is made through the Industrial Welfare Commission.
Whenever a state, including California, increases its minimum wage,
employers are required to make the change automatically and notify
employees of the change. Fines and other charges may be filed if no
In recent years the Internet has been a negative factor in the working
environment for both employees and employers. Some companies require
employees to use the Internet, but it can often be abused. Because of
this California has searched for ways to control abuse. Abuse can
include social network sites, gambling site, and pornography sites. Not
only are such sites distracting and keep employees from working, other
problems can occur.
Pornography sites can create difficult circumstances outside of
Internet abuse. Sexual harassment and uncomfortable environments can
arise from these sites and later affect the working environment itself.
Saving pornographic images on desktops can lead to sexual
discrimination and offense. To file a sexual discrimination suit an
individual does not have to be of a specific gender or race. As long as
he or she finds the material offense, a case can be legally filed.
Some Californian businesses have installed Internet blocking programs
to halt the issue. Other businesses link all their computers to one
specific network. Through this capability one specific computer can be
pinpointed for access pornography sites or gambling sites. Despite the
ability to erase a search history, some information can still remain in
Health and Safety Regulations
All California employees are required to abide by health and safety
regulations as stated through the California Occupational Health and
Safety Administration. Unlike other states, California has mapped out
its own state safety regulations for safety and health that meet the
statutes of federal law. California has added to the federal health and
safety laws but cannot subtract any laws. California has also installed
different inspection programs and investigation programs for these
Maternity Leave Laws
Rather than use federal laws, California has chosen to use its own laws
for how maternity leave is to be handled. Companies and businesses are
only required to offer maternity leave if there are more than fifty
employees in a seventy-mile a radius. All maternity leave is not paid
and can last up to twelve weeks. Employees are to receive their
previous job or another at equal pay upon returning to work following