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Federal Government Might Be Catching Up to California In Protecting Against LGBT Employment Discrimination

In a procedural vote, the U.S. Senate has advanced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to a full floor vote, which is expected to take place in the coming days. The Act would prohibit all employers (including public agencies) from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis for employment decisions.  Federal law already prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, age and disability. The bill is far from certain to become law, as the Republican majority in the House continues to be skeptical about the bill, concerned it will spur unnecessary litigation and result in costs for small businesses.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

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Two new California laws will become effective on January 1, 2014, which will make it easier for cities, counties, and other government agencies to promote the use of rubber tires in two different ways:

IRS Revises Rules to Allow for Carryover of FSA Funds

The IRS has announced new rules that give employers the option of allowing employees to carry over up to $500 worth of unused contributions remaining in their health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) at the end of each year.  The change is significant because previously, employees were prohibited from carrying over any leftover amounts---with the exception that employers could allow a grace period of up to two and a half months during which employees could use leftover funds. 

AB 44: New Law Requires Contractors to List Subcontractor License Numbers on Bids

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Existing law under the Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act requires prime contractors bidding public construction projects to list the names and locations of each subcontractor performing work for a public works project.  The statute calls for contractors to identify each subcontractor performing more than one-half of one percent of the contractor’s total bid, or $10,000, whichever is greater.  (Public Contract Code Section 4104).

AB 44: New Law Requires Contractors to List Subcontractor License Numbers on Bids

Attorney Authors: 

Existing law under the Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act requires prime contractors bidding public construction projects to list the names and locations of each subcontractor performing work for a public works project.  The statute calls for contractors to identify each subcontractor performing more than one-half of one percent of the contractor’s total bid, or $10,000, whichever is greater.  (Public Contract Code Section 4104).

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