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THE TRUTH: GET IT IN WRITING

Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms Updated for 2019 As first-line defense against workplace disruption and legal claims, there is no substitute for well-written, up-to-date policies and procedures. A current, thorough employee policy manual (handbook) and complementary written internal guidelines covering all major aspects of personnel relations permit managers and rank-and-file workers alike to know […]

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THE #METOO MOVEMENT’S IMPACT

EEOC 2018 Report Reflects Increases in Sexual Harassment Charges The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the number of workplace discrimination charges filed nationwide during fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). Of the 76,418 discrimination charges filed last year, retaliation topped the list, totaling 39,469 charges, followed by sex, […]

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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR OR EMPLOYEE?

California Legislature Dealing with Competing Proposals to Kill or Expand  New Dynamex Test In 2018, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex ruling drastically changed the criteria for independent contractor classification to determine entitlement to many employee rights and benefits. See, Independent Contractor Status in California Now Falls Under Radically Different Rules (June, 2018). Rejecting the long-established balancing […]

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CHECK OR DEBIT CARD

Changes to California’s Mandatory Workplace Pamphlets on State Benefit Programs California employers must provide certain government-issued pamphlets or information sheets to new hires, to employees on certain types of leaves of absence, and to workers upon termination of employment. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) — overseeing unemployment and disability benefits, payroll tax collection, and […]

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ALL IN THE FAMILY

New Workplace Notice Available For Family Related Leaves     Starting April 1, 2019, covered California employers must post the new Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave notice (DFEH-100-21/March 2019). Previously, the notice was only for employers with 50 or more on payroll. It summarized employee rights and responsibilities when requesting Family […]

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WEATHERING THE STORM

Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms Updated for 2019  Our 2019 revised materials are vital core information that ensure your business is operating off of current laws and regulations. Be sure you are covered. Order yours today. Our model forms and policies include: Employment applications (including releases that acknowledge an employer’s use of pre-employment tests, […]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls…

KNOCK, KNOCK When It’s Your Turn For a Government Payroll Audit For California, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is responsible for the administration of unemployment and disability insurance, workforce training services and payroll audits. The agency has the power to impose significant, potentially fatal penalties for non-compliance. An EDD visit to look over pay practices […]

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Stopping the Jerks and Lurks

MANDATORY SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING The Rules Have Changed, Are You Ready? With the #metoo movement and the marked rise in media-reported workplace sexual misconduct claims, employers should regularly confirm they are taking all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination and harassment. California continues to be a national leader in legislating just what constitutes “reasonable.” […]

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