New Federal Overtime Rules Effective December 1

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the White House, an estimated 4.2 million white collar workers will become entitled to overtime pay when they work extra hours as a result of the new rule, and wages for workers will …

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California law requires employers to keep accurate records reflecting the hours their employees work. Sometimes the legality of an employer’s “rounding” of timecard entries comes into question.
In a recent decision, a federal court confirmed that a company can round nonexempt employee time to the nearest quarter-hour as long as the practice is neutral on its …

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Ribbon Cutting: Santa Maria All-American Wrestling

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was excited to celebrate the opening of Chamber member Santa Maria All-American Wrestling’s new location ! Their new location is at 2000 South Broadway in Santa Maria.
Santa Maria All-American Wrestling provides classes for all ages, but primarily caters to younger children. President and head coach Anthony Dakuras is passionate about …

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Workplace Smoking Rules Will Soon Change

Legislation passed this month will change some of the rules relating to smoking in the workplace and expand already-existing smoke-free workplace protections. These changes go into effect on June 9, 2016.
On May 4, Governor Brown signed a package of bills relating to smoking. In part, the new legislation will:

Treat the use of e-cigarettes and other …

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Trash and Recycling Collection and Street Sweeping Services for Memorial Day Holiday

City of Santa Maria residents are advised there will be no trash and recycling collection service, or street sweeping, on Monday, May 30th due to the Memorial Day holiday.  The Santa Maria Regional Landfill will also be closed for the holiday.
For the holiday schedule only, Monday through Friday residential customers will be serviced one day …

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