December 2016

Exempt Employee Minimum Salary Increases for 2017

Humboldt County employers must remember that with California’s minimum wage increase on January 1, 2017, the corresponding base minimum annual salary to qualify any employee as exempt from overtime has a corresponding increase.  As always, to qualify for exempt status, employees must make at least twice the minimum wage on an annual basis.  If you have any questions about whether your employees qualify as exempt, please contact an experienced employment law attorney.

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Minimum Wage and Exempt Status Require Review in 2017

A reminder to all Humboldt County employers, as of January 1, 2017 the minimum wage for all employers with 25 or fewer employees is $10 per hour and $10.50 per hour for all employers with 26 or more employees.  The minimum salary thresholds for all exempt employees are also increasing.  Check to make sure that all of your current exempt employees meet the minimum threshold amounts in 2017!

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The Final Countdown: Planning Department Accepting Applications Until Friday 12/30 at 4 P.M.

Ever since Humboldt County passed its Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance, establishing a framework for cultivators, manufacturers, testers, dispensaries, distributors, and transporters (whew!) to apply for local land use permits, one date in particular has loomed large: December 31, 2016.  Well, New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday, so make that date December 30, instead.  Two weeks from Friday the Planning Department will accept the last applications for permits under the ordinance. 
 

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Proposition 64 Eliminates Drug Registration in Cannabis Cases

The passage of Proposition 64 in California has changed more than the class of offense for certain cannabis crimes.  It was specifically designed to be retroactive, permitting reductions in prior sentences, credit for time served, potential reduction in prior fines, and even outright destruction of certain records.
 
Another little discussed change in the law after Proposition 64 is the right for persons with cultivation, possession for sale, and transportation convictions to be relieved of any further duty to register.
 

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