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Retirement Plan Check-Up

By Beth Harrington, President, Benefit Resources, Inc. If you sponsor a retirement plan, then you have a lot of responsibilities.  Beyond making contributions every pay period, the fourth quarter of each plan year brings additional requirements.  Benefit Resources,...

California Legislative Update: Here Are the New Employment-Related Laws for 2019

By: Robin E. Largent, Partner Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP Fall is upon us and with that comes a deluge of new employment laws. (Think "sex" and you'll cover many of them!) Robin Largent, partner at CDF, shares below the highlights of some of the key...

Overtime Pay Isn’t What You May Think

Early in my career I worked in a service business where payroll costs could make or break the company. Sales were up? Raise payroll a bit. Sales down? Cut payroll immediately.  It was a weekly up and down and hard on everyone.  And Overtime – You’ve got to be kidding...

Further Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

The CA Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) recently issued further clarification for employers on how national origin will be defined.  The new FEHC Regulations elaborate on the protections of applicants and employees who may be undocumented or be members of...

Rounding Timekeeping Entries Makes the Cut in CA – Barely

Last week, the California Court of Appeal allowed that an employer may round time entries to the nearest quarter hour for timekeeping and payroll calculations.  In the case AHMC Healthcare, Inc. v. Superior Court the employer has a policy that rounds employees’ time...

What’s the Most Ignored Task That Almost Guarantees Your Business to Fail?

By Tom Bone, Risk Insurance Advisor with ISU Insurance Services All too frequently, we learn how Mother Nature and man-made events affect businesses, employees, and families. Weather, earthquakes, fires, and other events damage property and cause injuries,...

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...

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...

More Troublesome California Laws on the Horizon for California Employers

By: Robin E. Largent Partner, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP Curious what the California Legislature is cooking up for employers in the Golden State this year?  I can tell you it isn’t pretty.  Here’s a list of notable bills (almost all of which are...

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...

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...

HR Insights: 6 Benefits of Implementing an HCM Technology Solution

By Telly Tasakos There is no shortage of HR technology available in the market to streamline HR functions.  HR Professionals might use as many as 10 different software programs in their day to day work.  From recruitment software, job boards, benefits software,...

Don’t Even Think About It…. Asking About Salary History That Is!

By Stacey Sommerhauser, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP The state of California continues to pass legislation that protects individuals’ pay and more so, how an employer determines employees’ pay. Employers must be uber cautious in making job offers and subsequent salary changes...

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...

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...

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...

The Litigation Risk that Many Small and Mid-Size Employers May Be Needlessly Holding On To

By John Wood The latest edition of The Betterly Report noted that, when it comes to Employment Practices litigation risk, “The larger employer is much more likely to transfer risk than are smaller employers.  Ironically, it is the smaller employer that probably needs...

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...

New California Regulations: Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

By Susan Breslauer, SPHR-CA, SHRM SCP New California regulations entitled “Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations”, will limit an employer’s right to use criminal background information in hiring and other employment...

Commissioned Employees are Entitled to Separate Pay for Rest Breaks

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP   California employers received another surprise court decision requiring commissioned sales employees to be paid separately for their state-required rest breaks.  This decision is somewhat related to earlier decisions...

Check Your New Hire Packet: A New Version of Form I-9 is in Effect

By Susan Breslauer, SPHR-CA, SHRM SCP By January 22, 2017, all employers should be using the updated Form I-9, dated November 14, 2016, published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  The new form has an expiration date of August 31, 2019.  All...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

When is Travel Time Paid?

By Stacey Sommerhauser, SPHR-CA, SHRM- SCP We often receive questions from CA employers regarding when to pay non-exempt (hourly) employees for travel time.  Here’s a “quick and dirty” reference to begin to understand the complexities of this additional...

Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em… Are You Ready for the New Exempt Salary Increase?

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, Should California employers put the brakes on preparing for the December 1, 2016, new exempt salary increase threshold? You may have heard that 21 state attorneys general and governors filed a lawsuit against the...

CA Supreme Court Rules on Suitable Seating Provisions for Employees

In a somewhat nuanced read on whether California employers are required to offer employees seating while performing their jobs, the CA Supreme Court ruled that the nature of the work at a given location must be considered, rather than a holistic view of...

Motivation from a New Perspective

By Helen Horyza Having a team of highly motivated employees is a prized objective for any leader. It’s also maddeningly unpredictable. The “platinum perspective” offers a clear strategy to achieve optimum productivity, retention of valued talent and, over...

Piece Rate Workers Safe Harbor Filing Ends This Week

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA If you have piece rate workers (those employees paid X dollars/cents for the production of a widget, rather than an hourly rate) you already know that AB 1513 added additional steps for California employers to pay and track...

More California Cities Add Complexity to Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage

Do you have employees working in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Monica, and San Francisco? Each of these cities recently enacted ordinances that require almost all employers to pay minimum wages above the California state minimum wage. (Currently $10.00...

March Madness: Pending California Employment Bills

By: Robin E. Largent, Partner at Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Curious what the California Legislature is up to this legislative session?  As is the case every year, there are several employment-related bills that have been proposed and are...

The DOL’s Exempt Salary Ruling is Around the Corner – Preparing for the Worst

Last summer we told you of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement to amend 29 CFR Part 541, the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees. The comment period has passed and the DOL will announce their final decision...

Significant Changes to the Anti-Harassment Policies, Training and Procedures

Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP The CA Fair Employment Housing Council (FEHC) has been working overtime to create more compliance requirements for our employers.  The most arduous of the recent list is a renewed emphasis on anti-harassment, discrimination...

Managing Paid Sick Leave

Managing Paid Sick Leave Use/Abuse By Susan Breslauer, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, We’re receiving a number of inquiries from our clients regarding sick leave abuse and medical certification rules under the new Paid Sick Leave (PSL) law. Does the following dilemma sound...

Who Pays for Vaccines?

Must Employers Pay For Employee Vaccines If They Are Required As A Condition Of Employment?By Jennifer L. Lippi, J.D., SPHRIt is that time of year again. Yes, cold and flu season. We’ve received calls from some of our California employers asking if they can require...

2016 CA Minimum Wage Impact

The Ripple Effect - Minimum Wage Increases Impact Affect More Than Minimum Wage EmployeesBy Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCPAB 10 increases the California state minimum wage from $9 per hour to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016.  California employers are required...

Changing Your Culture with a Strategic Disciplined Financial Approach

By Jeff Birkholz, Partner, CFO Performance GroupCan you change the culture of your company with finances? The following case study shows you can. Utilizing principles of disciplined financial management process, an incentive plan was designed to specifically...

DOL Offers More Clarification on Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidance on the classification of independent contractors as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The DOL Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) sets yet another shadow on a fading classification of workers. ...

Paying Employees Equitably – Bring on the Salary Surveys

Salary Surveys - SB 358 Changes the LandscapeOne of the more far-reaching California state laws affecting gender-based pay will become effective January 1, 2016. The CA Fair Pay Act (SB 358) expands current law to require employers to not only pay all employees fairly...

“Lose the Attitude…”

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CAWe recently received a draft policy from an employer asking if the following “basic rules” for new employees could be included in the onboarding package:Show up when scheduledLose the attitudeCooperate with fellow staff and managersDo your...

The Exempt Employee Becomes a Rare(r) Animal?

DOL Proposes to Change Exempt Employee Salary MinimumExempt Employee SalaryLet's face it, the government would prefer that just about every employee be paid on an hourly basis, receive overtime, and employers eliminate the exempt salary classifications. Another...

AB 304 Amendment – Key Changes to the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act

After many iterations, and weeping and gnashing of teeth, the CA paid sick leave (PSL) amendment bill (AB 304) has been signed by Governor Brown.  AB 304 has a number of provisions that are intended to clarify the original law (AB 1522 - Healthy Workplaces, Healthy...

Key Changes to the California Family Rights Act

Family Rights ActThe California Fair Employment and Housing Council has approved updates to the CA Family Rights Act (CFRA) to add clarification and also align the CFRA more closely with the federal version of this law – the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The...

New ACA Reporting Requirements Just Around the Corner

Sarah Aquino - VP, Integrated Benefits and Insurance Services, Inc. ACA certified by the National Association of Health Underwriters By now we’re all aware that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) requires U.S. citizens and legal residents to carry a minimum level...

5 Ways You Can Be A Better Leader Today

5 Ways You Can Be A Better Leader TodayBy Jeremiah Miller, Forging Leaders “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something because HE wants to do it.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower.There are two approaches to getting what you want. I call these two methods Push...

Don’t even think about it…

Questions asked by employers who rarely like the answer. By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA As HR consultants, we work with hundreds of California employers. They call us to think out loud about employee performance issues, leave of absence dilemmas, compensation challenges, bad...

Preparation for California’s New Paid Sick Leave

Preparation for California's New Paid Sick Leave As you've heard, California's new paid sick leave law (AB 1522, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or "HW/HF") was effective on January 1, 2015. The most critical part of the law becomes...

2015 Salary Budgets

WorldatWork reports that U.S. organizations will increase 2015 salary budgets slightly to 3.1 percent over the average 3.0 percent in 2014.  Major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco will likely be at the 3.1 percent range, while smaller markets...

NLRB Continues to Push Employers’ Rights Right Out the Door

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA In a stunning reversal of a National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) 2007 decision, the Board ruled earlier this month that employees who use company email must be permitted to use it for union organizing and group discussions about terms and...

New Paid Sick Leave Law Brings Additional Employer Requirements on January 1, 2015

by Susan Breslauer, SPHR-CA As you know, California's new paid sick leave law (AB 1522, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) was signed by Governor Brown in September. The most critical part of the law requiring employers to grant all...

Got 1099’s? Independent Contractors Think Twice

by Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA Independent contractors are becoming a dying breed in these United States.  We've seen several cases this year where individuals have been  found to be misclassified as independent contractors.  The back taxes and penalties (think FICA match,...

Mandatory Sick Leave Bill is Passed

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522), that will be effective July 1, 2015, will require just about all California employers (private and public sectors with one or more employees)  to accrue paid sick leave for all...

California Supreme Court Limits Commissioned Salesperson Overtime Exemption

By Jennifer L. Lippi, J.D.  A recent California Supreme Court decision places California employers who pay commissions in another wage and hour dilemma. In the often used "inside sales" exemption classification  the CA Supreme Court ruled that all commissioned inside...

Employers Must Reimburse Employees For Work-Related Use of Cell Phones

By Jennifer L. Lippi, J.D. In a sweeping decision, the Court of Appeal in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., held that when employees have to use their personal cell phone for work-related purposes, the employer must reimburse them for such use, whether the...

Don’t Be Fooled – Minimum Wage Increases Affect More Than Minimum Wage Employees

Minimum Wage Increases By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA AB 10 increases the California state minimum wage from $8 per hour to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014.  The minimum wage will increase again on January 1, 2016 to $10/hr[1]. Many employers are scurrying to assess the...

New Laws Further Restrict An Employer’s Use of Criminal Conviction Inquiries on Employment Applications

By Jennifer L. Lippi   Knowing as much as possible about an applicant’s background is key to hiring the ideal candidate.  In this pursuit, most employers require job applicants to note any criminal convictions on the employment application prior to hire...

Finding, Attracting and Selecting the Best Talent – 5 Key Fundamentals Needed in Your Recruitment Process

By Curt Cetraro and Mitzi Robinson How do you ensure you are selecting the best talent? Most companies struggle to some extent with finding, attracting and hiring the best people to fill core roles within their organization.  This is particularly true in a unique...

Heads Up – The DOL’s P3 Initiative: What You Should Know Before the Storm Arrives

By Jennifer L. Lippi The P3 Initiative: What you should know In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a new regulatory strategy called “Plan, Prevent and Protect” (which has been dubbed the P3 Initiative).  According to the DOL, the goal of the new...

Revisions in Federal Exempt Classifications Under Study

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA What are the revisions in Federal Exempt Classifications? On March 13, 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum to the Secretary of Labor  instructing her to "propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations. In...

Back to Square One – Employee Wins Round Two When Employer Lacks Consistency

Employee wins round two By Jennifer L. Lippi A California employer is stinging from a reversal in a trial court's summary judgment ruling that a termination for unsatisfactory performance was defensible enough to withstand the employee's charge of age discrimination...

Employer’s Liability Shows Up in Some of the Most Unusual Places

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA A few recent California court of appeal decisions have us shaking our collective heads over the extended liability employers have for employees who are off the job and off company premises.  We'll begin with a situation that occurred after a...

Compensation Insights and Musings for 2014

We are receiving an increasing number of inquiries from California business owners on the compensation insights and trends for 2014.  We're pleased to see the interest from and the ability for employers to finally begin to consider recognizing employees with...

California Employers Walloped By State Labor Agency Audits

By Christopher W. Olmsted It turns out that your Human Resources Director’s anxiety over possible labor agency audits is not mere paranoia; the government really is out to get you. The California labor agency, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)...

New Guidebook for Injured Workers is Published by the CA Dept. of Industrial Relations

The California Department of Industrial Relations just issued a revised fourth edition of the "Workers' Compensation Guide in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers."  This 94 page document is chock full of information employers should also know.  There are two...

Think Twice Before Striking – Minimizing Risks in Employment Terminations

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA Minimizing Risks in Employment Terminations We receive calls everyday from employers ready to terminate employees for any number of reasons.   We're their sounding board, giving them a learned ear to think out loud about the options and...

Potential Employment Impacts of Same-Sex Marriage for California Employers

The recent US Supreme Court rulings in the cases of United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry,  resulted  in the elimination of a significant section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the dismissal of a challenge to a lower court's ruling...

A Clearly Defined Hiring Protocol Is A Must!

By Richard Pinsker, CMC and FIMC Pinsker and Company If you agree with me that employees are your most valuable asset, then hiring great talent is one of your top priorities. Most companies have some sort of hiring process to acquire talent, but those that make the...

Completion – Daily Tricks & Tips to Greater Productivity

Daily Tricks & Tips to Greater Productivity  As a practice, whenever I speak to a group of businesspeople, I always offer them a 1/2 hour free coaching session with me.  No matter the level or position in the organization, the majority of the time, the coaching...

The Five Most Common HR Questions in Our Office

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA What are the Five Most Common HR Questions? We receive many phone call and email inquiries everyday from California employers.  Many calls are about employee performance issues and how to deal with them. (How to deal with the non-performers,...

More News About Exempt Employees

Important (and Costly) Clarification about Exempt Employees Classifying an employee as exempt from overtime is risky business these days.  We often work with employers to help them assess whether a position falls within the exempt category under the state's...

Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the Workplace: Should you be concerned?  By Hector R. Alvarez, President, Alvarez Associates LLC I would like to share a personal perspective before we get into the article. On any typical day I’m either writing, responding to, studying or training on...

Quick and Dirty Employment Highlights for Busy Business Owners

Employment Highlights by Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA It just gets more and more complicated - this California employer gig.   Many of you are too busy to stay on top of the myriad of regulations that govern how you manage the human resources side of your business.   We spend...

Rounding the Clock – Employers Win One

Rounding the Clock - Timekeeping See's Candy continues to have a special place in the hearts of Californians.  They not only make a great product, but they recently won an appeal of  a trial court decision that will make a long time timekeeping practice for all...

Strategies for Identifying & Hiring Great Employees

Strategies for Identifying & Hiring Great Employees By Jennifer Leake CMC®, Assessment Specialist for Silvers HR In many organizations, personnel costs are one of the largest budget items. Leaders in any business, regardless of size, need people aligned and...

Is Attendance An Essential Function Of The Job?

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gives employers some reinforcement to enforce attendance policies  notwithstanding an employee's claim of the need for reasonable accommodation for a serious health condition.  The...

Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations – One More Consideration

Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations  In many workplace investigations surrounding an employee complaint, employers routinely ask employees not to discuss the case with co-workers  while the investigation is pending. This allows the investigator to protect the...

I’ve Got Some Bad News…

by Jeremiah Miller, Forging Leaders   "Miah, your mom and I are getting divorced.” “Son, you’re going to need surgery to repair that knee.” “Listen Jeremiah, this isn’t working out. I think we should break up.” I’ve been on the receiving end of my share of awful news....

We Have More Than One Company – Does FMLA Apply?

by Susan R. Breslauer, SPHR-CA We recently received the following scenario and question regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from a client: Our business has 3 separate companies with 60 employees in total related by ownership (the same owners for all 3...

New EEOC Enforcement Guidance limits Employer’s Use of Criminal Information

Knowing as much as possible about an applicant's background is key to making a great hire.  In this pursuit, most employers require job applicants to note any criminal  convictions on the employment application prior to hire consideration.  (In fact, our Silvers HR...

Meal and Rest Breaks Decision Is Finally In

by Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA The Brinker Restaurant Corp v Superior Court case regarding the timing and requirements around meal and rest breaks for non-exempt employees has been in the courts for over eight years. We finally have a decision! Bottom line: no one thinks...

Choosing a Payroll Service

 By Mike Ruppenthal, Ovation Payroll When you’re running a business, you’ve got a lot going on and a lot on your mind. Yes, there are numerous small tasks you have to do each day, but your main focus needs to be on what your company or organization does best, which...

Ignoring the Basics Can Cost Employers a Bundle

We’ve seen some recent legal activity around the itemized statements (aka “check stubs”) that is concerning and costly to California employers.  Employers are being socked with outrageous penalties and legal fees for simple oversights on pay stubs.  Today, take time...

Clarification for Reporting Time and Split Shift Pay – Good News for Employers

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA A California Court of Appeal ruled this month in Aleman v.  AirTouch Cellular that employees attending a pre-scheduled meeting time that ends early are not required to be paid for a minimum of 2 hours reporting time pay as long as the meeting...

Rights And Benefits For Members Of The Uniformed Services

By Mary F. Patterson What are an employer’s obligations regarding merit increases and bonuses to employees returning from military service?  According to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) employers must treat returning...

NLRB Requires New Union Rights Posting

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its Final Rule requiring a workplace posting for most US employers.  The posting will outline employees’ rights to form, join or assist a union under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   Under the Final Rule,...

Beware Before You Deduct

By Susan R. Breslauer, SPHR-CA  It happens...an employee goes on an unpaid personal leave and there is a payroll glitch.  When the employee returns, the Human Resources Manager (you) realizes that the employee continued to receive paychecks during his/her month of...

Heat Illness Prevention Program Required

Heat Illness Prevention Program Required for Outdoor Employees Cal OSHA requires all employers with outdoor worksites to have a specific program and training in place to prevent heat illness. Summer (surely) will arrive soon in northern California. We encourage...

HMMM – Who Isn’t Disabled Now?

HMMM – Who Isn’t Disabled Now? Employers Obligations Continue to Grow By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA   The court cases, regulations and legislation just keep coming – mostly in favor of employees who have or may be regarded as having a disability.  Employers should take heed...

Meal Breaks – Who Makes the Call?

The ongoing court battles over who is responsible for ensuring an employee takes his/her meal break within the required time continues to rage on in California.  In our last newsletter we told you about a significant decision (Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill) that...

Employees Using your Technology – Set the Limits

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA Several recent employment related court cases have set out the standards for employers who allow employees to use company technology resources (email, texts, voice mail, social media, etc.).  In this day, everyone uses some technology and the...

How To Do More With Fewer Employees…

By Tina Angell, Owner Cybertary.com Roseville/Granite Bay Office  “I have learned to do so much with so little, I am able to do everything with nothing.” ~Anonymous  When a business is facing challenging times, as is the case for many right now, they inevitably have...

Take a Seat – There’s More Coming…

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA  A new twist has been added to the California employment scene.  Employers who are not up to speed on their Industrial Wage Order (IWO) requirements may find themselves in court for violation of a little known requirement that employees be...

Another Meal Period Decision for CA Employers

By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA  Good news for California employers last week... A California Court of Appeal determined in Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill that the employer must only provide meal periods for non-exempt employees, rather than ensure they are taken.  This...

Whoa! Where Did Those Profits Go?

  Whoa! Where Did Those Profits Go?   By Cathy Rasmusson, MHA, Principal Consultant, Healthy Business Designs  Times are lean - is your company keeping a competitive edge?  Businesses are challenged every day with how to remain competitive and generate profits,...

Top 10 Tips for Working with Difficult People

  The Top 10 Tips for Working with Difficult People Dealing with difficult people is ...well, difficult for most of us. Hostile and aggressive people put us on the defensive, cause us anxiety, frustrate our coping skills, and take us out of our comfort zones. Here are...

New Paid Leave

  New Paid Leave is Signed into Law for CA Employees   By Susan Breslauer, SPHR California's first paid leave law was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on Sept 30, 2010. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2011.   Known as the Michelle Maykin...

Silvers HR sponsors UCD GSM Big Bang

Big Bang! is the annual UC Davis Business Plan Competition organized by MBA students of the Graduate School of Management. The goal of the contest is to promote entrepreneurship at UC Davis and the region supported by the University. Check out the Big Bang...

Insider Secrets from Bloomberg’s Business Week

From the obvious to the subtle, here are some good pointers to give you a leg up in that next interview. One, leave Grandpa at home... If You Really Want a Job, Read...