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California Wildfires… the season is coming

By Stacey Sommerhauser, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP If you’ve lived in California for any length of time you know we are about to start California’s wildfire season.  The fire season in California has been starting earlier and ending later each year. As I write this...

Risks And Rewards Of Unlimited PTO

By Shaw Law Group "Reprinted with permission from the Daily Recorder, a Daily Journal Corp. publication" Some California employers offer, or may be considering, “unlimited” paid time off plans (“unlimited PTO”) in lieu of traditional accrued vacation or PTO. ...

Paid Family Leave Insurance Continues to Expand

Governor Newsom signed SB 83 this summer, extending the maximum period of paid family leave insurance (PFLI) wage replacement benefits from six to eight weeks beginning on July 1, 2020. Although this is not currently an employer funded program (deductions are made...

The CROWN Act – Creating a Respectful & Open Workplace for Natural Hair

By Laurie Nooren, PHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP In early July, Governor Newsom signed into law a bill (SB188), making it clear that California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Education Code protect individuals with race traits, such as hair texture and hair...

This Month’s Top Three Questions

This Month’s Top Three Questions We receive hundreds of employer inquiries every month about a variety of  employment related topics.  Here are the big hits we’re hearing a lot about these days and a bit of our findings… It’s so much easier and cheaper to have...

The Power of Pause: Emptying Cups and Other Tools to Win

By Katie McConnell Olson, CPA, PHR Have you ever sat in complete silence with a stranger for ten whole minutes? It feels like a really long time. Sometimes two minutes of silence with a stranger can feel like a lifetime! The good news is that there is real power in...

They’re back… Social Security No-Match Letters that is!

By Stacey Sommerhauser, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP Social Security No-Match letters aren’t new. If you were in HR or Payroll in the last 10-15 years you’ve seen these letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) in years past notifying you that you have an...

Everyone Reading This Needs This Training – Seriously!

Who would have guessed a year ago that CA employers would be required to train every employee and manager in their firms this year on avoiding sexual harassment claims and other related topics?   As you may have heard by now, every CA employer with 5 or more...

State Run Retirement Plans

By Kate Kriner As your efforts to retain good employees in the current labor market become more challenging, you might have considered offering a Retirement Saving Plan to your employees and for one reason or another decided against it.  Well, the State of...

EEO-1 Pay Data Requirement May Be Back

By Jennifer L. Lippi, J.D., SPHR, PHRca Generally, each year employers with 100 of more employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees, are required to file the EEO-1 report, providing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) with data on...

Whoa – We didn’t see this one coming! Changes in Call-In Reporting Time Pay

By Laurie Nooren, PHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP California employers and employees are likely familiar with the reporting time pay requirements included in most of our Industrial Wage Orders.  Hang on, because this type of pay is changing, and it may impact your business now...

SB 3 – CALIFORNIA MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Although we share this reminder with our retained clients each December, we want to ensure employers are up to speed on the minimum wage ripple effect. Savvy employers know the minimum wage for non-exempt/hourly employees has risen once again (and will continue to do...

Immigration Enforcement Bill Enjoined by Federal District Court

By Jennifer L. Lippi, SPHR, PHRca California’s Assembly Bill 450 (“AB 450”), also known as the “Immigration Worker Protection Act,” was passed in 2017 in response to expected immigration actions by the Trump Administration.  As we told you way back then, AB 450...

What Are Your Expectations… of Salary?

By Stacey Sommerhauser, SPHR, PHRca Last year we wrote about the ban on asking applicants about their salary history (AB 168) prior to employment.  This CA law was based, in part, on the belief that pay based exclusively on prior wages can be risky as it further...

¿Hablas español? “English-Only” Rules

By Laurie Nooren, SHRM-CP, PHR, PHRca The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently awarded $90,000 (in addition to a severance package) to three Latino workers,  who filed a discrimination case against Forever 21 Retail, Inc. for...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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....

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...

Waiting Periods for Vacation Reaffirmed – A Win for Employers

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Department of Labor Exempt Salary Ruling Struck Down

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Employment Bills Awaiting the Governor’s Signature

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

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A Day of Rest is Clarified –

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New California Regulations: Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

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Commissioned Employees are Entitled to Separate Pay for Rest Breaks

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

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

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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...

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?

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

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When is Travel Time Paid?

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

CUSTOMIZED. COMMITTED. CREDIBLE. We know what it means when you are facing a serious HR issue. ~ Help you can trust ~ Common sense HR solutions ~ Focus on Priority Issues ~ Expertise to minimize exposure risks for your business We know what it means when you are...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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Silvers HR made a clear and positive impact to our bottom line. Now here’s a contribution we can measure.

T. A., President of propane company, Manteca, CA

Silvers HR  understands the needs of a business owner and looks for options and solutions to help us meet our business priorities while complying with California employment laws. We consider Silvers HR our trusted HR partner.

Silvers HR is a Sacramento based Human Resources Management company specializing in HR policy development, management training, employee assessments, compensation and benefit program design, employee attraction and retention programs, and performance management programs. For companies looking to outsource their Human Resources department, we offer all the services but none of the overhead of hiring a full-time Human Resources employee. Silvers HR - California HR Services and Consulting.