IRS Increases Standard Mileage Rate for Business Travel
Effective July 1, 2022, the standard mileage rate for operating an automobile for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the year. This rate will be in effect for the final six months of 2022. Employers use the standard mileage rate as a safe harbor rate to reimburse employees who drive their personal cars for business purposes for their employers.
City of San Francisco and Other City Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2022
On July 1, 2022, San Francisco’s minimum wage increases to $16.99, up from $16.32. The San Francisco Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to all employees who work at least two hours during any given week in the City of San Francisco, regardless of their employer’s location. More information can be found at www.sfgov.org .
Other cities with July 1, 2022 minimum wage increases include Emeryville ($17.68), the City of Los Angeles ($16.04), the County of Los Angeles ($15.96) and Pasadena ($16.11).
Responsible Beverage Service Training Required for Alcohol Servers by August 31, 2022
Beginning July 1, 2022, ABC licensees with an ABC On-Premises License will be required to ensure alcohol servers and managers of alcohol servers receive training from an ABC-approved Responsible Beverage Service Provider within 60 days from the first date of employment. The training requirement applies to employees hired before and after July 1, 2022, and must be completed by August 31, 2022. The requirement includes completing a training program and passing an exam. The law is designed to teach alcohol servers to responsibly serve alcoholic beverages and mitigate alcohol-related harm in California. More information can be found at www.abc.ca.gov .
Please contact an SMT employment lawyer if you have questions about these new laws or if you need assistance with any employment law issues. We are here to help.
Lisa Ann Hilario 
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