November 2016

"More Money, More Problems”—The New Theme Song at the DOL

A new federal overtime rule from the Department of Labor was set to take effect on December 1, 2016.  The rule doubles the current federal salary that must be made by an employee before the employee can be classified as exempt from overtime—known as the executive, administrative and professional exemptions.  The new rule requires a minimum salary of $913 per week—even higher than California’s minimum salary threshold for overtime exemption.

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California Passes Proposition 64

Last Tuesday, California passed Proposition 64 with fifty-six percent (56%) voting in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California. Proposition 64 allows adults aged 21 years or older to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes. The measure created two new taxes, one levied on cultivation and the other on retail sales. The cultivation tax is $9.25 per ounce for flowers and $2.75 for leaves. Medical marijuana sales and cultivation are excepted. The sales tax is 15% on the retail sale of marijuana.

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Notice: Post Your Notice!

If you’re a physician in California, you must post a Notice of Non-Discrimination for patients who receive “federal financial assistance.”  Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act provides that physicians’ offices are required to post notices of non-discrimination and taglines that alert patients with limited English proficiency about the availability of language assistance services.
 

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Humboldt County Nursing Home Closures

As you may know, three of the five Humboldt skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) owned by Brius and managed by Rockport have been given authority by the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) to close their doors and transfer residents.  Janssen Malloy LLP requested copies of the transfer documentation filed with the CDPH on behalf of the SNFs.  If you or your loved ones wish to view the documentation from each of the three facilities, it can be found here.  

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