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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 employees...

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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 California...

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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 the...

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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...

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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 in...

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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...

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¿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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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