Safety Tip - Ergonomics
Proper ergonomics prevent carpal tunnel, back problems, and other conditions. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common work-related condition that can be caused due to repetitive hand movements (like typing) and by working in an awkward or similar position for long periods of time. Lower back problems, upper limb problems, and neck complaints are other common work-related health problems.
Financial Seminars – Complimentary to your Company and to your Employees
Show your employees that you care about their financial futures by providing them with the knowledge and insight on how to manage their money and invest in your company’s 401(k) plan. Teach them how to budget and plan for their future – for them and their dependents; they will appreciate it very much! ECG has worked closely with Affluencer Financial in Los Angeles.
ECG’s HR Integrity Hotline
ECG offers a toll free “HR Integrity Hotline” to their clients. Employees are able to contact our office directly to share any employee relations issue they may have. Our HR consultants listen empathetically and document what the employee tells them. Our experienced consultants ask pertinent and relevant questions in preparation for any potential litigation or investigation, such as the date, time, names of witnesses, etc.
Training & Development: Teambuilding
There's more to work than just deadlines and assignments; camaraderie between employees is vital for your company’s success. Open communication amongst employees is essential to creating a positive and comfortable work environment. When employees get along and get to know one another, it can improve professional relations as well as promote understanding and cooperation; essentially leading to better quality and productivity at work.
Hourly employees and their smartphones: Hidden overtime?
The law requires that all hourly employees be paid for all hours worked. But with today's technology, it is difficult to keep track of those employees who use their smartphones "off work hours" for "work duties;” those hours must be paid! The separation of work life and personal life is becoming more transparent as employers and employees resort to working remotely on their smartphones and other technological devices.
Termination for Poor Performance Should Never Be a Surprise
Terminating employees for performance should never be a surprise. As an employer, you should always follow the correct procedures when terminating an employee. If the termination is due to poor work performance, make sure that you have coached the employee about that performance, and that your communications have been documented.
Time to post your OSHA summary
The Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Summary - Form 300A must be posted from February 1 to April 30 of each year. The Form 300A summarizes the work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred at your organization during the previous calendar year. For example, any work related injuries occurred in 2018 must be reflected on the Form 300A and posted by February 1, 2019 to April 30 2019.
The Importance of Timesheets
Time is money and timesheets are an essential procedure to appropriately calculate the number of hours your employees have worked. Many smaller companies will forgo implementing a timesheet procedure and conduct their payroll and attendance using an unrecorded honor system. Regardless of the size of your company; even if you have just a very few employees, this type of unmonitored payroll system is NOT recommended.
Training & Development: Conducting an Interview
Sound interviewing techniques can keep you out of trouble. Know what to ask, and what not to ask during the interviewing process. Being prepared and organized is extremely important when it comes to interviewing a potential new hire. Have a list of questions that you want to ask the candidate and make sure they pertain to the specific job position as this can help you determine whether this candidate is fit for the role.
2019 California Minimum Wage Increase
On January 1st 2019, California increased its minimum wage to $12 per hour for businesses 26 or more employees. The minimum wage for smaller businesses, with 25 or fewer employees, was increased to $11/hour.
This increase is part of a larger change, which is slowly raising the California minimum wage up to $15 per hour. Larger businesses will have to meet the $15/hour minimum wage by 2022, whereas smaller businesses have until 2023.