Fri September 22 2017

Training & Development: Performance evaluations

Communication is vital when it comes to your employees' performance. Motivation and appreciation are two important components that lead to better productivity. Acknowledging your employee’s efforts and taking them into consideration during periodic assessments can help to boost their confidence and encourage them to continue their hard work. These evaluations are important when it comes time for promotions.

Fri September 15 2017

HR Compliance: Legal regulations for employing minors

The law clearly states that employees must be at least 18 years of age to be employed. Regulated through the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Child Labor Law, certain policies restrict individuals who are younger than 18 from obtaining a job. Under these laws, minors have certain set wages, a limit to the number of hours they can work, and safety requirements that need to be taken into account.

Mon September 11 2017

SERVE SAFE TRAINING for Hotels and Restaurant Employees

It's the law - Serve Safe Safe Food Handling training is required for California servers. Programs, such as ServSafe, are effective food handling training programs that teach servers about basic food safety practices when preparing or serving meals to customers. According to California law, all employees who handle food or serve alcohol are required to meet the state requirements and obtain a certification of training.

Fri September 01 2017

Training & Development: Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment is a delicate, but necessary issue that should be addressed in every work environment. With proper training, managers and employees can detect when sexual harassment is taking place in the work environment and have the proper knowledge as to how to address or report such behavior. Aside from preventing lawsuits against the company, proper training can bring awareness and sensitivity to your staff.

Mon August 28 2017

Your competitive edge: Wage plans

Because of the current Fair Pay Act, it is a good idea to have a wage plan, covering all of the positions within your company. The Fair Pay Act prevents wage discrimination based on protected categories for employees who work in similar positions; particularly “gender”. With the recent enforcement of this law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, employers should review all the positions in the workplace and determine an appropriate wage plan for each classification.

Fri August 18 2017

Requirements for Worker’s Compensation Insurance

All employers, regardless of size, must have workers compensation insurance - it's the law. This mandatory insurance is used to cover medical costs and part of lost wages for employees who become injured or ill while at work. While several federal and state laws depend on the number of employees in the company, workers compensation is required, regardless of the number of employees in your company.

Mon August 14 2017

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Allowing drugs or alcohol in the workplace is unsafe, unhealthy and can create chaos and trouble in for your company. Substance abuse can affect an employee’s productivity level, their personal health, as well as their relationship with others in the workplace. Companies should have a no tolerance policy when it comes to drugs or alcohol in the workplace.

Mon August 07 2017

The benefits of conflict resolution meetings

Conflict resolution ensures your employees don’t have to settle their differences alone. Conflicts and arguments can develop in the workplace from time to time. Unresolved issues can create tension and hostility in the workplace. With conflict resolution meetings, employees can take part in a structured meeting where they peacefully find a solution to the issues at hand.

Fri July 28 2017

Know the Law: Organ and Bone Marrow Donor’s Leave

If you have 15 or more employees, this law applies to you! California law mandates that employers must grant paid leave of absence to an employee who is an organ donor in any one-year period. The time off cannot exceed 30 business days for an organ donor and 5 business days for a bone marrow donor.

Fri July 21 2017

How to avoid discrimination practices during the hiring process

It is illegal to discriminate against any protected category during your interview process. The Equal Employment Opportunity Laws, which include the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, all prevent employers from favoring and/or discriminating against candidates based on race, color, age, religion, medical condition, disability, etc.