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Blogs from 2017

SF Employers: Annual Reporting Form Deadline

(posted: Apr, 2017)

SF employers filing deadline

Deadline approaches on May 1st, plus, how to find out if you are actually required to submit the form.

CA: New Restrictions on Use of Criminal History

(posted: Apr, 2017)

No convictions for hiring decisions

FEHC has approved new regulations, effective July 1, 2017, to limit California employers' use of criminal history when making employment decisions.

To Pay or Not to Pay: A Guide to Internships

(posted: Mar, 2017)

To Pay or Not to Pay: A Quick Guide to Internshi

...employers who bring in unpaid interns have some stringent hurdles to clear to avoid legal action.

ACA Info Returns Dealine Approaching

(posted: Mar, 2017)

Filing Deadlines

The reporting deadlines in 2017 are for the 2016 calendar year.

Top 6 HR Trends to Watch in 2017

(posted: Feb, 2017)

HR and data

We've identified major themes running through the industry, and trends that we expect will continue to grow in 2017. Hint: technology has a major role!

W-2 Filing Deadline: January 31

(posted: Jan, 2017)

New deadline for filing forms W-2 and 1099-MISC

New this year, employers must file tax forms W-2 and 1099-MISC (non-employee compensation or independent contractor payments) with the Social Security Administration (SSA) by January 31st.

Blogs from 2016

San Jose New Scheduling Ordinance

(posted: Dec, 2016)

Opportunity to Work law

New law, called Opportunity to Work, takes effect on March 13th and gives available hours to current employees.

Shop for New Employees AND Holiday Gifts!

(posted: Dec, 2016)

Holiday workers can be great employees

The holidays can be a great time to source potential employees. Here are a few tips for managers or recruiters.

CA State & Local Minimum Wage to Increase

(posted: Dec, 2016)

California minimum wage rates increase in 2017

Some increases take effect on January 1, 2017, while others are not until July 1, 2017. We list several of the Bay Area cities with increases in 2017.

The Office Party: Happy Holidays, or Disaster?

(posted: Dec, 2016)

Surviving the holiday office party

How can employers get the most out of morale-boosting holiday parties while avoiding risk and liability?

With Gratitude

(posted: Nov, 2016)

Happy Thanksgiving

We wish you and yours a lovely holiday, and share some of our favorite quotes on gratitude and appreciation with you.

New Overtime Rule Blocked

(posted: Nov, 2016)

Overtime rule blocked

DOL Overtime rule has been blocked temporarily. Employers can stick with the existing rule until a final decision is reached.

How Employers Can Appeal a Marketplace Notice

(posted: Nov, 2016)

Health Insurance Marketplace Appeals

Appeals related to the Health Insurance Marketplace are due within 90 days of the date on the notice.

New Deadline: Forms W-2

(posted: Nov, 2016)

Tax form filing deadlines

Employers must now file Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC by January 31st. You still must get copies to your employees by 1/31; this has not changed.

Voting Leave in California

(posted: Oct, 2016)

Voting Rights

Employees may have two hours paid time to vote, but must request it in advance.

City of San Mateo Adopts Higher Minimum Wage

(posted: Aug, 2016)

San Mateo minimum wage increase

Beginning in January 2017, San Mateo's minimum wage will go up to $12/hr, and will increase to $15/hr by 2019.

Workplace Wellness Program Rules Finalized

(posted: Jul, 2016)

Workplace wellness program rules

Guidelines for employers outline what is and is not acceptable in ever more popular workplace wellness programs.

Employers: It's Your Duty to Prevent Harassment

(posted: Jun, 2016)

Harassment Prevention

Amendments to California's FEHA reinforce employers' duty to prevent harassment in the workplace and discrimination in employment.

DOL Releases New Overtime Laws

(posted: May, 2016)

The exempt salary rate increases above California's threshold and goes into effect December 1st.

Harassment Prevention: How to Track Our Traning?

(posted: May, 2016)

Sexual harassment training questions

There are two options for tracking sexual harassment training, per California regulations.

Workplace Smoking Rules to Change

(posted: May, 2016)

Vaping & e-cigs at work

New legislation includes e-cigs in workplace smoking restrictions, and raises the smoking age to 21.

Updated FMLA Poster; Old Version Still Valid

(posted: May, 2016)

New DOL posters

Employers can switch to the April 2016 poster, or keep using the February 2013 version.

Harassment Prevention: New Compliance Reqs

(posted: Apr, 2016)

New AB 1825 requirements

AB 1825 amendments modify training methods, tracking and document retention.

California Expands Paid Family Leave

(posted: Apr, 2016)

California increases paid leave amounts

The amount of benefits paid for family leave will increase substantially.

Valentines Day at Work

(posted: Feb, 2016)

Valentines Day at Work

Have a clear, effective sexual harassment prevention program in place, and remind supervisors before Valentine's Day

CA Leave Laws: School or Child Care Issues

(posted: Feb, 2016)

California Leave Laws

Two lesser-known laws affect parents in California

Changes to CA's Discrimination & Harassment Regs

(posted: Jan, 2016)

Regulations and Compliance

Amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations have been approved and will take effect on April 1, 2016.

Blogs from 2015

Employers: Surviving Holidays in the Workplace

(posted: Nov, 2015)

Surviving holidays in the workplace

Can you still have holiday parties? Make the events as comfortable as possible for all employees and minimize risk.

Employers: What Not to Ask on Applications

(posted: Nov, 2015)

What not to ask on applications

A refresher on what California employers can't ask on job applications

Halloween at Work: Plan for a Safe Celebration

(posted: Oct, 2015)

Halloween at work

Office celebrations are great, if you set clear expectations.

Paying Sick Leave Under the New Law

(posted: Sep, 2015)

Paying sick leave under the new law

Options for paying sick time in California

Beware Pay Stubs Rules

(posted: Aug, 2015)

Beware California's pay stub rules

California pay stub rules require enough information that they are easily violated by simple oversight.

Harassment Prevention: Who Is a Supervisor?

(posted: Aug, 2015)

Harassment Prevention Training: Who Is Considered a Supervisor?

California employers with 50 or more employees are required by AB 1825 to provide sexual harassment prevention training to their supervisors and managers every two years.

Changes to New Sick Leave Law

(posted: Jul, 2015)

Changes to new sick leave law

The legislature has amended the new law for clarity.

Mandatory Sick Pay - 10 Tips for Compliance

(posted: Jun, 2015)

Mandatory sick pay

We offer a few more pointers for California employers.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave: 7 Steps to Compliance

(posted: May, 2015)

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave: 7 Steps to Compliance + Checklist

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires California employers to begin providing paid sick leave to their employees starting on July 1, 2015.

To Pay or Not to Pay: A Guide to Internships

(posted: May, 2015)

Avoid unpaid internships

With all the requirements needed to make an internship legitimately unpaid, it's better to avoid unpaid internships...

Pregnant Workers: The Supreme Court Weighs In

(posted: May, 2015)

Pregnant Workers: The Supreme Court Weighs In

Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. raised the question of whether an employer must provide the same work accommodations to a pregnant employee as they do to similarly situated, non-pregnant employees.

New California Family Rights Act Regulations

(posted: Apr, 2015)

New California Family Rights Act Regulations

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council just issued the final revised California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations.

Harassment Training: Temps & Contractors

(posted: Mar, 2015)

Harassment Prevention Training: Are Temps & Contractors Covered?

One of our clients recently expressed some confusion about which employees are required by California statute AB 1825 to undergo sexual harassment prevention training.

Employers: Required Posters

(posted: Jan, 2015)

Employers: Required Posters

Any time there are changes to employment law at any level, employers are required to provide new posters showing the up-to-date information.

Blogs from 2014

Employer Briefing: New Laws For 2015, Part 3

(posted: Dec, 2014)

Employer Briefing: New Laws For 2015, Part 3

In Part 1 we cover the new laws that will affect leaves of absence, background checks and workplace safety.

Employer Briefing: New Laws For 2015, Part 2

(posted: Dec, 2014)

Employer Briefing: New Laws For 2015, Part 2

In Part II we address the new Employee Protection laws for 2015.

Employer Briefing: New Laws For 2015, Part 1

(posted: Dec, 2014)

Employer Briefing: New Laws For 2015, Part 1

Part 1 addresses laws affecting leaves of absence, background checks, and workplace safety.

Employers: Tips For Happy Holidays at Work

(posted: Dec, 2014)

Employers: Tips For Happy Holidays at Work

...how can employers continue to throw parties while making the events as comfortable for all employees as possible and minimizing their own risk?

With Gratitude: 30 Quotes

(posted: Nov, 2014)

With Gratitude: 30 Quotes

We hope you find some inspiration in these quotes on gratitude and appreciation.

7 Tips For Landing That Holiday Job

(posted: Oct, 2014)

7 Tips For Landing That Holiday Job

Retailers are planning to hire more seasonal employees this year than they have since 1999, according to a study by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Required Paid Sick Time in California

(posted: Sep, 2014)

New Law Requires Paid Sick Time in California

Starting in 2015, California employers will be required to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees.

Guide to Workplace Sexual Harassment

(posted: Sep, 2014)

Employers Guide to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

...being blindsided by a harassment suit can take you and others away from productive work for long periods...

Social Media at Work

(posted: Aug, 2014)

Social Media at Work

...state lawmakers are leading the charge to safeguard individual online privacy rights, particularly in regards to employer access.

Pay Employees Now, Avoid Fines Later

(posted: Aug, 2014)

Pay Employees Now, Avoid Fines Later

...it is important to have clear guidelines in place to keep you in compliance with state and federal regulations about employee compensation.

Working With an Executive Recruiter, Part 1

(posted: Jun, 2014)

Working With an Executive Recruiter, Part 1- For Companies

Finding top talent can be tough, and the cost of a bad hire is high. It takes a toll on time and money, and depending on the position it may even cost you your competitive edge.

How To Choose An HR Outsourcing Company

(posted: May, 2014)

HR Firm: Large vs Small

You've realized that you need to hire an HR Consultant, or to outsource some or all of your human resources tasks. Now, how do you choose the right HR firm, or consultant?

Put an end to "Seat-of-Your-Pants" HR!

(posted: Apr, 2014)

Nonprofits: Put an end to "Seat-of-Your-Pants" HR!

You don't have the time to think about human resources management, or the money to hire a dedicated HR professional, and anyway, you can just use your best judgment when an HR issue comes up...Can't you?

The 7 Biggest Benefits To Outsourcing HR

(posted: Mar, 2014)

The 7 Biggest Benefits To Outsourcing Human Resources

...over the last ten years or so more small and medium sized companies have chosen to outsource most or all of their HR department.

Employing An HR Administrator Is A Good Idea

(posted: Mar, 2014)

Why Employing An HR Administrator Is Not A Bad Idea

There are lots of various positions within the human resources field, however the HR Administrators are the ones that manage those various other positions and make sure every little thing is running smoothly within the business.

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