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Don’t be Haunted by Your Office Halloween Party

Halloween looms.  An office party for the occasion may be a great way to boost employee morale.  However, as with holiday parties, a killer get-together can have frightening results if not planned properly. Here are some guidelines to ensure your Halloween party doesn’t come back to haunt you: Suggest “work-appropriate” costumes: Surely more than a […]

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Added Notice Requirement for California Employers

Specific Written Disclosures to New Hires Effective January 1, 2012, California Assembly Bill AB 469 will require private employers to distribute a document “in the language the employer normally uses to communicate employment-related information” to all hourly employees at the time of their hire. The written notice must include: The rate or rates of pay […]

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Expanded Pregnancy Health Benefits Law for Most California Employees

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 299 into law extending health insurance coverage benefits for employees out on pregnancy disability leave, effective January 1, 2012.  As covered in “Pregnancy Disability Leave,” California employers with five or more persons on payroll (whether full- or part-time) must provide any female employee up to four months […]

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Independent Contractors and Employees

Avoiding Misclassification of Hired Workers in California For possible cost savings and ease in administration, businesses are sometimes tempted to classify people working regularly as “independent contractors” instead of “employee.”  In California, as in other states, independent contractors are usually not entitled to most of the benefits that employer must provide employees, including minimum wage, […]

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Employee Rights to Organize a Union

New NLRB Poster Will Now Be Required for Many Employers on January 31, 2012 The federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) guarantees the right of employees to organize unions to “bargain collectively” with their employees. With a few exceptions,  employers will soon have to conspicuously display the agency’s “Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations […]

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Immigration Law Requirements for Employers

Federal law requires every employer hiring any individual in the United States to verify the prospect’s identity and employment authorization through completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. An employer must complete an I-9 form for every person hired,  even if there’s just one employee in the business.   It is improper for a company to […]

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