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California Minimum Wage Increase (Reminder)

Senate Bill 3 (“SB 3”) passed in 2016 detailed an increase of the state’s minimum wage over future years, providing smaller employers one additional year to reach the level of larger employers’ minimum wage rates.  On January 1, 2021, the state minimum wage will...

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More Cities Pass COVID-19 Ordinances for Employers

Kim Silvers, SPHR, PHRca If you have employees in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, or San Mateo County, you’ll want to be familiar with the additional COVID-19 related  ordinances these city/county governments have gifted their employers with this month. Since...

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A Few Other Matters Creeping into These Unprecedented Times

by Kim Silvers, SPHR, PHRca How many ways can we say “unprecedented” without repeating this dreadfully overused term? We’ve sent out weekly COVID-19 updates since the first week in March. I’m over it. How about you? Oh, but wait – the waves of the “Return from...

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Are Parent-Teacher Conferences FMLA eligible?

By Laurie Nooren, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) states that eligible employees* are allowed time off from work to care for a child with a “serious health condition,” which includes both physical and psychological care as well as making...

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A W-4 Makeover for 2020. Free of Charge…

By Stacey Sommerhauser, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave the W-4 a makeover for 2020. This is the first major redesign of the form since 1987.  The 2020 W-4 will look very different from previous versions to you and your employees, as the...

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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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