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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 article...

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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. The...

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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...

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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 an...

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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...

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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...

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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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