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News from 2020

Bay Area Employers: Shelter in Place Order Extended

(posted: Apr, 2020)

SIP extended through May 31st. The SF Bay Area will continue to shelter in place through the end of May, even as other parts of the U.S. begin to reopen.

Bay Area Employers: Shelter in Place Order

(posted: Mar, 2020)

As of Midnight March 16, 2020, all residents of 6 Bay Area counties are ordered to shelter in place, with exceptions for "essential" services. The affected counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

DOL Answers Questions on FMLA in Public Health Emergencies

(posted: Mar, 2020)

Answers common questions employers have about the Family & Medical Leave Act in the case of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies.

Employers Temporarily Avoid AB 51

(posted: Jan, 2020)

AB 51 temporarily stopped

New California law AB 51 barring mandatory employment arbitration agreements has been temporarily stopped from going into effect.

News from 2019

Deadline for CA Anti-Harassment Training Moved

(posted: Sep, 2019)

Deadline for anti-harassment training is moved to 2021

Good news for California small businesses. The deadline for mandatory anti-harassment training has been moved out to Jan. 1 2021.

Anti-Harassment Training Required by Jan 1 in CA

(posted: Jul, 2019)

New anti-harassment training required by Jan 1

New anti-harassment training requirements, for all California employers with 5 or more employees, must be met by January 1, 2020. Are you prepared? Learn more about what is expected of California businesses. Plus, we can help.

California Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulation

(posted: Jul, 2019)

Wildfire smoke regulation in California

Emergency regulations to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke took effect on July 29th. Here's what you need to know.

New Harassment Prevention Training Required by Jan 1

(posted: Jun, 2019)

New anti-harassment laws for CA employers

California's new anti-harassment laws demand that employers meet the new training requirements by January 1, 2020. Are you prepared?

NLRB: Uber Drivers are Independent Contractors

(posted: May, 2019)

Contractor vs Employee

The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel said in a memorandum that Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees. But keep in mind that in some states, including California, other laws and tests may outweigh this decision.

SF Minimum Wage Increases July 1

(posted: May, 2019)

SF minimum wage increase

Reminder that businesses in San Francisco will need to increase their workers' minimum wage as of July 1, 2019.

Employers: Submit EEO-1 Pay Data by Sept 30

(posted: Apr, 2019)

EEOC-1 Pay data deadline Sept 30th

Regular EEO-1 data still must be filed by May 31, and it's possible that there will be an appeal or a stay, but plan now for submission by 9-30-19.

Small Businesses: Keep Non-Compliant Health Coverage thru 2020

(posted: Apr, 2019)

Affordable Care Act

This is another extension, good through 2020. Policies renewed under this extension have to come into compliance by January 1, 2021.

EEO-1 Report Deadline Extended

(posted: Mar, 2019)

EEOC survey deadline extended

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEO-1 survey is now due May 31st. This survey applies to employers with 100 or more employees.

International Womens Day 2019

(posted: Mar, 2019)

International Womens Day

Observed since 1911, this is a day to celebrate women's achievements, and to renew your committment to equality and balance. This year's theme is balance.

Employers: Double Check Your Background Check

(posted: Feb, 2019)

Background check consent forms

Ninth Circuit has tightened background check rules, specifically related to getting consent from applicants and employees. Here's what employers need to know.

Health FSA Limit Increases in 2019

(posted: Jan, 2019)

Employee benefits

The amount employees can contribute will go up slightly this year.

Enforcement Letters: What You Need to Know

(posted: Jan, 2019)

Pay-or-Play ACA enforcement letters

IRS letters regarding compliance with the employer shared responsibility rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2016 are arriving. Here's what you need to know.

News from 2018

Minimum Salary for White Collar Employees Goes Up

(posted: Dec, 2018)

White collar min salary increases in 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, the rate at which general, "white collar" employees are exempt from overtime requirements will increase.

CA: Software Employees Exemption Rates Increase

(posted: Nov, 2018)

CA increases exemption amount for software employees

Effective January 1, 2019, the rate at which computer software employees are exempt from overtime requirements will increase.

CA Harassment Prevention Training Changes Coming

(posted: Oct, 2018)

Changes to harassment prevention training laws

Beginning January 1, 2020, parts of California's sexual harassment prevention training requirements will change.

SF Employers Reminder: Ban the Box Changes Oct 1st

(posted: Sep, 2018)

Reminder that this change, aligning San Francisco's law with the new California state law, becomes effective October 1st.

CA Employers Must Pay Minutes Worked Off the Clock

(posted: Aug, 2018)

California Supreme Court: Employers must pay for every minute wo

California Supreme Court decision: employers must compensate employees for small amounts of time they spend off the clock doing minor activites, such as clocking in or going through security procedures.

US Supreme Court Validates Employment Arbitration Clauses

(posted: Jun, 2018)

Supreme Court validates mandatory arbitration

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that companies can mandate arbitration clauses with class action waivers in their employee contracts.

San Francisco Updates Paid Sick Leave Law

(posted: Jun, 2018)

San Francisco Paid Sick Leave law updates

What San Francisco employers need to know about changes to the City's Paid Sick Leave law.

Independent Contractor? Think Twice - California Employers Now Face Tougher Rules

(posted: May, 2018)

California adopts new independent contractor test

Supreme court decision puts burden of employee classification on California businesses. New test for determining employee or independent contractor status will be used going forward.

ACA Transitional Policy Extended

(posted: Apr, 2018)

ACA transitional policy for small businesses extended

Small businesses may be able to keep their health plans under the ACA through 2019 without worrying about compliance issues.

San Francisco Amends 'Ban the Box' Law

(posted: Apr, 2018)

This change, effective October 1st, will align San Francisco's law with the new California state law.

Court-Women Can't be Paid Less Based on Previous Salary

(posted: Apr, 2018)

Women can't be paid less based on previous salary

A unanimous decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals says that previous salary histories are potentially biased against women, and thus not an acceptable basis for new salaries.

Patty Woolcock Co-Authors New Article

(posted: Mar, 2018)

Hubris in Silicon Valley

What happens when innovative companies, in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, allow themselves to fall prey to arrogance and pride? Failure to adapt and ultimately, decline of the once successful company.

HR Symposium 2018

(posted: Mar, 2018)

HRSPI will be attending this premier Bay Area HR event on April 5th. We hope to see you there!

New Income Tax Withholding Tables Released

(posted: Feb, 2018)

The new tables reflect changes instigated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017.

New California Laws 2018

(posted: Jan, 2018)

2018 California laws

California has new employment and labor laws in 2018, relating to harassment prevention training, leave, discrimination & retaliation and more.

CA Employers: Harassment Prevention Training Adds Provisions

(posted: Jan, 2018)

New California law

SB 396 adds new provisions to harassment training and policies expanding protection based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

News from 2017

CA Employers: No Asking for Applicant Salary History

(posted: Nov, 2017)

New California law

AB 168 will prohibit employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories, or using them to decide pay.

California Bans the Box

(posted: Oct, 2017)

California Bans the Box

AB 1008 will prohibit most public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal conviction histories until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Latest Article from Patty Woolcock

(posted: Jun, 2017)

Path to becoming CHRO

Becoming a Chief Human Resources Officer is no easy task. Read the latest from Patty to learn some tips to guide your career towards the top HR position.

Minimum Wage Increases in Several CA Cities

(posted: Jun, 2017)

Minimum wage increase

Four California cities have separate minimum wage increases going into effect on July 1st.

HRSPI Sponsors HR Symposium 2017

(posted: Apr, 2017)

HR Symposium 2017

Once again, we are sponsoring this great HR event on May 3rd. Hope to see you there!

Understanding the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

(posted: Jan, 2017)

Tax takeaways

Does your small business offer health insurance coverage to your employees? You may qualify for a tax credit.

ACA Remains in Effect After Executive Order

(posted: Jan, 2017)

Regulations and compliance

President Trump has signed an executive order calling upon federal administrative agencies to minimize the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), pending repeal of the law. Until further guidance is issued or legislation is signed, however, all

News from 2016

Patty Woolcock Joins HR Solutions Partners Team

(posted: Sep, 2016)

Patty Woolcock

HR Solutions Partners is excited to announce Patty Woolcock as the newly-appointed Executive Director of our HR Search & Interim Staffing.

CA Employers: Providing Notice of Domestic Violence Rights

(posted: Sep, 2016)

Domestic violence rights notices

California employers with 25 or more employees must inform each one in writing of their rights regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Compliance: Revised Posters Required August 1st

(posted: Aug, 2016)


New (revised) posters for the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act must be posted as of August 1, 2016.

SF Employers: Minimum Wage Increases July 1st

(posted: Jun, 2016)

San Francisco minimum wage increase

Minimum wage goes up to $13 per hour; you'll find posting and notice requirements in this article.

New Overtime Laws Effective December 1

(posted: May, 2016)

Get the details here, including a breakdown of what employers need to know, and how to handle newly reclassified employees.

SF Employers Compliance Alert: New Paid Parental Leave Law

(posted: Apr, 2016)

San Francisco paid parental leave law

San Francisco is the first US city to require employer-funded parental leave to supplement California's family leave, beginning in 2017.

HR Symposium 2016

(posted: Feb, 2016)

HR Symposium 2016

HRSPI is a major sponsor for the event again this year. Join us April 26th in Santa Clara! The speaker line up includes execs from Pinterest, Starbucks & SurveyMonkey...

News from 2015

California Minimum Wage Increases Jan 1, 2016

(posted: Dec, 2015)

California minimum wage increase

California employers need to be prepared for another state-wide minimum wage increase at the beginning of 2016.

Employers: 5 Supreme Court Cases to Watch

(posted: Dec, 2015)

Employment-related Supreme Court Cases in 2016

2016 brings a handful of employement law cases that employers may want to watch.

Employers: California's New Fair Pay Act

(posted: Dec, 2015)

Fair Pay Act

The new Fair Pay Act goes into effect January 1, 2016. Here's what California employers need to know about how this law will impact their workplace.

New California Employment Laws

(posted: Oct, 2015)

New California employment laws

Fair Pay Act & meal period waivers for health care workers.

California Mandates Paid Sick Leave as of July 1, 2015

(posted: Jun, 2015)

California mandatory paid sick leave law

Employers, are you prepared for California's new paid sick leave law?

HR Symposium 2015

(posted: Mar, 2015)

HR Symposium 2015

HR Solutions Partners (HRSPI) is proud to be a major sponsor of the "2015 HR Symposium".

HRSPI Workshop: HR Compliance Audits

(posted: Jan, 2015)

HRSPI Workshop: HR Compliance Audits

In a rare workshop open to the public, Donna DeGrande will take you through the basics of a human resources audit.

New Laws in 2015

(posted: Jan, 2015)

New Laws in 2015

There are a host of new employment and labor-related laws and/or regulations that became effective on January 1, 2015.

News from 2014

California Adds Anti-Bullying to Harassment Prevention

(posted: Nov, 2014)

California Adds Anti-Bullying to Harassment Prevention

Starting January 1, 2015 California employers will need to add abusive conduct to their mandatory sexual harassment prevention training.

Does Telecommuting Decrease Absenteeism?

(posted: Oct, 2014)

Does Telecommuting Decrease Absenteeism?

Survey indicates flexible work arrangements (FWAs) are successful and can improve productivity.

Client Training at Project HIRED

(posted: Sep, 2014)

Client Training at Project HIRED

HR Solutions Partners has been selected to provide training for clients at Project HIRED.

Government Contractors: Fair Pay,Safe Workplaces

(posted: Aug, 2014)

Government Contractors: Fair Pay,Safe Workplaces

Companies that violate labor laws will find it tougher now to do business with the federal government.

Bay Area Commuter Benefits

(posted: Jul, 2014)

Bay Area Commuter Benefits

By September 30, 2014, Bay Area employers with 50 or more employees (excluding seasonal/temporary employees) must comply with the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (CBP).

New COBRA Notices

(posted: Jul, 2014)

New COBRA Notices

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released two new model notices regarding COBRA eligibility.

Work Sharing Plans - Requirement Changes

(posted: Jul, 2014)

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) uses a special work sharing program to help companies avoid mass layoffs by sharing the available work among employees.

Background Checks - Changes

(posted: Jul, 2014)

Background Checks - Changes

AB 218 prohibits a state or local agency from asking an applicant to disclose information regarding a criminal conviction until after the agency determines the applicant meets minimum employment qualifications.

Workers' Compensation - Regulation Change

(posted: Jul, 2014)

Workers' Compensation - Regulation Change

Workers' compensation regulations on the predesignation of personal physicians take effect July 1.

Paid Family Leave Changes Require New Notices

(posted: Jul, 2014)

Paid Family Leave Changes Require New Notices

SB 770 expands Paid Family Leave (PFL) wage-replacement benefits for employees so that they include benefits for''' time taken off to care for a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling or parent-in-law.

Minimum Wage Notice Requirements

(posted: Jul, 2014)

Minimum Wage Notice Requirements

With the minimum wage increase taking place today, employers also have several requirements for posting and providing notices to employees...

FMLA Proposed Rule: Coverage for All Same-Sex Couples

(posted: Jun, 2014)

FMLA Proposed Rule Extends Coverage to All Same-Sex Couples

In a new rule change proposed by the Department of Labor, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) would cover same-sex married couples in all 50 states.

California Minimum Wage Increases July 1

(posted: May, 2014)

California Minimum Wage Increases July 1

On July 1, 2014 the California minimum wage increases to $9.00 per hour.

HRSPI Major Sponsor of HR Symposium 2014

(posted: Mar, 2014)

HRSPI Major Sponsor of HR Symposium 2014

HR Solutions Partners (HRSPI) is proud to be a major sponsor of the 2014 HR Symposium, the premier human resources event in Northern California.

Donna DeGrande Keynote Speaker at January 2014 CEAC

(posted: Mar, 2014)

Donna DeGrande Keynote Speaker at January 2014 CEAC

Donna DeGrande will be presenting a keynote speech January 28th for the California Employer Advisory Council.

Now Offering HR Executive Search

(posted: Mar, 2014)

Now Offering HR Executive Search

HR Solutions Partners (HRSPI) is pleased to announce the expansion of our current HR Talent Search Practice to include Executive Search.

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