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It Is Time to Update Your COVID-19 Prevention Program- Again!

By Jennifer Lippi, SPHR, PHRca As you are likely aware by now, under Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), employers are mandated to have a written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP).  On April 21, 2022, the Cal/OSHA standards board adopted revisions...

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Time to Take Another Look at Arbitration Agreements?

The long-awaited decision by the United States Supreme Court in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana was issued on June 15, 2022, and brings some good news for California employers.  In a sweeping decision, the Court held that employers may compel arbitration of...

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Is Your Retirement Plan in Place?

By Kate Kriner, PHRca The final deadline is approaching for employers to register for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program.  If you have not previously registered and have at least 5 employees you must either register for the CalSavers program or offer another...

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When An Employee Dies

By Jennifer L. Lippi, JD, SPHR, PHRca Although not a popular topic, it happens – someone dies while employed. Whether it is sudden or expected, the death of an employee can be challenging for staff and management.  Management may be unclear on the short and long-terms...

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Salary Budget Trends for 2022

By Kim Silvers, SPHR, PHRca Employers are struggling to find the right mix of base compensation and incentives to attract and retain talent.  We all know of the “Great Resignation”, the dearth of candidates (no longer referred to as “viable candidates”) and the...

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Ask the HR Nerd… What Is It With All These Pamphlets?

By Kate Kriner, PHRca A frequent question our consultants are asked is “What is with all the employment pamphlets and notices that California requires? Do we really have to give them more than once and when?” We are sure you are all tired of hearing this, but… it...

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Will COVID-19 Paid Time Off Be Extended?

We’ve received several questions from employers questioning the possible extension of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) time off and the CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. As you may recall, the FFCRA was extended a couple of times, most...

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Remote I-9 Identification Procedures Still in Play

The U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has once again extended the allowance for employers who are working exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions, to be exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the...

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New Meal Period and Rest Break Premium Calculation

New Meal Period and Rest Break Premium Pay Calculation The hits just keep on coming… By Kim Silvers, SPHR, PHRca Last week the California Supreme Court ruled in Ferra v Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC that non-exempt (“hourly”) employees who are not afforded a compliant...

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To Mask or Not to Mask?

To Mask or Not to Mask?   We hate to be the “repeaters of bad news” but you’ve likely seen the recent press announcements of several CA cities and counties requiring or recommending that all persons (vaccinated and unvaccinated) wear a mask while indoors.  Last...

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One Score… Including a Dog Year

By Kim  Silvers, President of Silvers HR, LLC We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary in the HR consulting business this year.  (Although I’m pretty sure the last year has been equivalent to a dog year in the life of an HR nerd.)  I started this business in 2001 after ...

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