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Independent Contractors are Fading into the CA Sunset

By Kim Silvers, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP The California Supreme Court recently ruled in the Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court that the Company’s independent contractor drivers were employees under a new definition.  Dynamex is a nationwide package and...

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New Test for Unpaid Interns – Whew!

Are you considering hiring an intern this summer?  Good news!  The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new factors to determine if an intern may be unpaid and not considered an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  This is after several federal courts...

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ETP: Training funds available from the State of California

By: Michael Snead Each year, a State of California agency called the Employment Training Panel or “ETP,” awards up to $100 million dollars to California-based companies to reimburse costs of job skills training.  In July, this amount will grow to $110 million.  ETP...

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What’s in the Water Around Here?

By: Helen Horyza About a month ago, Tom returned to work at a mid-sized engineering firm after a five-year period of retirement. He was bored and missed the challenges of work. He came back on a Tuesday and a management meeting was underway. He expected things to run...

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Waiting Periods for Vacation Reaffirmed – A Win for Employers

By Susan Breslauer, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP Vacation and paid time off (PTO) are optional benefits, not required by law in California.  However, if vacation/PTO is provided to employees, it is considered a deferred wage.  (PTO is usually a combination of vacation and sick...

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Department of Labor Exempt Salary Ruling Struck Down

By Susan Breslauer, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP  Employers breathed a sigh of relief at the recent court ruling that the Department of Justice overstepped its bounds last year in raising the minimum salary for certain exempt employees to $913/week ($47,476 per year).  This is...

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Employment Bills Awaiting the Governor’s Signature

Kim Silvers, SPHR- CA, SHRM-SCP As the triple digit temperatures fade in Sacramento, the state legislature wraps up its bills for the Governor’s signature or veto. We watch the employment related bills closely throughout the year and call our state Senator and...

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A Day of Rest is Clarified –

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP California employers who have employees working beyond a regular five-day schedule will be happy to see the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Mendoza v. Nordstrom.  Although Nordstrom may have felt like it...

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More “Ban the Box” Laws; What Employers Need to Know

By Jennifer L. Lippi, J.D., SPHR   There are several local laws and a possible new state law that severely limit employer inquiry into criminal convictions.  On January 22, 2017, Los Angeles became the second city in California, after San Francisco, to...

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All Gender Restrooms Are on the Way

All Gender Restrooms Are on the Way If you’ve combed through our 2017 employment law update, you’ll find a new bill (Assembly Bill 1732) tucked into the middle of this tome that requires all single-user toilet facilities be identified as an all-gender...

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What a Year

  What a Year By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP One of our roles as HR consultants is to ensure our clients have resources and knowledge back-up to stay out of employment court. We do a pretty good job of that and I’m proud of the ethical employers we...

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What is the Difference Between Success and the Status Quo?

By Cami McLaren The best way to be successful – really successful – is to plan for your success.  No matter how you define success, you will be vastly more likely to achieve it if you are intentional.  Starting now.  In this article, I will give you some...

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Negativity in the Workplace – Part I – Why So Prevalent?

By Cami McLaren This will be a 3-part series on the topic of negativity in the workplace – seeing it for what it is; deciding what to do; and a case study. Part I – Why it is Contagious When I teach classes to management, often I hear about the negativity...

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