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REQUIRED TRAINING ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION

Live Sessions vs. Online Superior to online training, we offer on-site in-person group anti-harassment seminars that in a few hours effectively fulfill both supervisor and rank-and-file employee requirements. Our on-site training reflects over 10 years of delivery, with real-life instruction on identification, prevention and internal resolution of workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. The compelling reasons […]

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UNIONIZING HOME HEALTH CARE

California May Require More Home Aide Disclosures Starting July 1, 2019 The Home Care Organization Consumer Protection Act (HCOCPA), effective  January 1, 2016,  requires licensing of home care organizations (HCOs) and registration of their home care aides (HCAs). The Home Care Services Bureau (HCSB) of California’s Department of Social Services (CDSS) regulates this industry. See […]

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CAUTIONARY TALES EPISODE 27

Walmart Hit with Six Million Dollar Verdict for “Discouraging” Off-Site Meal Breaks California employers must provide non-overtime-exempt employees unpaid meal break(s) based on the number of hours worked in a given day. See, Required Meal Periods and Rest Breaks Revisited (April, 2018). The California Supreme Court’s 2012 Brinker Restaurant Corp. decision clarified that “employer-provided” breaks […]

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Employers Must Heed Pay Stub Technicalities California employers must accurately list specific wage-related information on each worker’s pay stub per pay period, including but not limited to the company’s name and address, total hours worked, wage rate(s), gross and net wages earned, all deductions, and inclusive dates of the pay period. Seemingly, the easiest requirement […]

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BEING PREPARED

Order the 2019 Updated Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms Over the past two decades, we have developed and refined a “soup-to-nuts” employee handbook and package of basic hire-to-fire forms and policies.  Implementation of these forms and policies will greatly improve a company’s legal protection in employment screening, hiring, training, compensation (including minimum wage), benefits, […]

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MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY

California At-Will Employees Bound to Lawful Policy Changes by Continuing to Work after Their Adoption  In Diaz v. Sohnen Enterprises, California employer Sohnen Enterprises instituted a mandatory dispute resolution policy requiring that all employee claims be arbitrated. “Arbitration” is a private dispute resolution tool, bypassing court trials by jury. The company informed the employees of […]

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UNUSUAL JOB INTERVIEWS

The New Normal?   There appears a growing trend of employers — nationwide and abroad – implementing unorthodox methods to assess job candidates such as escape rooms, capture the flag, professional “speed dating” sessions, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, laser tag and cooperative board games. An escape room involves a small group of people locked in a […]

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Crush the Creeps

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training The Clock is Ticking; Schedule Now With the #metoo movement and the marked rise in media-reported workplace sexual misconduct claims, all employers should ensure they are taking all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination and harassment from occurring. The California legislature has added some mandatory encouragement. Starting January 2019, businesses statewide […]

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CAUTIONARY TALES EPISODE 26

Playa Vista Car Wash Takes a Dunking for $2.36 Million “Wage Theft” On April 17, 2019, the Labor Commissioner’s Office announced a $2.36 million citation — the largest issued against a car wash business to date — against Playa Vista Car Wash along with its president and general manager for failing to properly pay or provide required […]

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