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Mon March 30 2020

Expense Reports and Cell Phone Charges

Especially now that many employees are working from home, remember that the law requires that employers reimburse their employees who use their cell phones for work purposes. Employers have a few options in order to remain in compliance with the law.

Employers may:

Tue March 24 2020

Telecommuting and remote “work from home” policy

For many of you, working from home has become the new norm. It is important that employers craft a telecommuting policy for all those employees working off-site, at home, to establish guidelines and expectations. Certainly, it won’t be easy for those employees who simultaneously must take care of their small children at home, due to school closures. Therefore, leniency, compassion and understanding should be at the forefront of your thoughts during this time.

Thu March 12 2020

Investigations of harassment and/or discrimination

When an employer receives a complaint of alleged harassment or discrimination, they are required by law to conduct an internal investigation. Employers should make sure that their employees feel respected and safe at work. Therefore, if any employee addresses issues of harassment or discrimination, employers should take the matter seriously and not have it overlooked.

Sun March 01 2020

HR policy: Smoking in the workplace

Smoking in public areas is against the law. Smoking in the workplace puts employers at risk for violating health and safety laws. Smoking laws in the workplace apply to employers who have more than five workers. Smoking restrictions state that employees are not permitted to smoke inside a public building or in an outdoor area 20 feet of a main exit.

Mon February 17 2020

Human Resources: Compliance vs. best practice

Compliance with Employment Law is required: HR best practices are not. Employment and labor laws include both federal and state laws. Federal laws are overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor and apply to all organizations whereas each state has their own set of laws that companies are required to abide by. Best practices, although not required, are helpful methods and techniques that bring quality results to the workplace.

Mon February 10 2020

Expense Reports and Cell Phone Charges

The law requires that employers reimburse their employees who use their cell phones for work. Employers have a few options in order to remain in compliance with the law.

Employers may:

Sat January 25 2020

Safety tip: How to properly lift

Proper lifting is an essential part of many different jobs. Whether you manage a factory, a restaurant, or any other business, at some point, employees are likely to be asked to lift heavy items. Making sure that they are lifting properly can reduce the risk of injury and even make lifting easier.

Mon January 20 2020

Employees and the military: What is Civil Air Patrol Leave?

If one of your employees is a member of the US Air Force, you must provide them with time off without pay for military service. Under the Civil Air Patrol Employment Protection Act, employers are required to provide any employee who is part of the California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol with time off to attend emergency operational missions.

Mon January 13 2020

Know the Law: Pregnancy Disability Leave Laws

It’s the law – PDL (Pregnancy Disability Leave) must be offered to any employee who is disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical conditions, regardless of the length of employment. Employers must provide employees with up to 4 months of time off, without their job being placed in jeopardy. This time off is unpaid by the employer, however the employee may claim benefits payment through the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Mon January 06 2020

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.

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