February 2015

“Personnel File” - The Everchanging Landscape

If you’re a Humboldt County employer, you’ve likely been asked over the years by an employee to see the employee’s personnel file.  For many years, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement helpfully offered some examples of what documents comprised such a file.  In January 2013, however, the California State Legislature added a wrinkle to the works.  Since that date, California Labor Code section 1198.5(a) suggests that personnel files now include “records that the employer maintains relating to the employee's performance or to any grievance concerning the employee


The CIDER Act “Presses” Onward

The United States House of Representatives has decided to turn cider into (sparkling) wine. The reason for this near miraculous action: taxes. Presently, “hard cider” is defined as “a still wine derived primarily from apples or apple concentrate and water, containing no other fruit product, and containing at least one-half of 1 percent and less than 7 percent alcohol by volume.” Hard cider is taxed at 22.6 cents per wine gallon. 26 U.S.C. §5401.