Employee rights: Military Spouse Leave
An employee is eligible for military spouse leave if he or she is the spouse or registered domestic partner of a “qualified member” of the military and works an average of 20 or more hours per week. In California, employers are required to grant employees with unpaid leave if their military spouse is on leave from deployment. A qualified member is considered an individual who is part of the U.S.
HR Consulting: How smaller clients benefit
Typically, smaller employers do not have the resources to have a professional human resources person on staff, such as an HR Director or an HR Manager. When smaller companies get into trouble, they will then call upon an employment attorney to “fix” whatever the issue is… and this can be quite costly. Retaining an HR Consultant to make sure they are in compliance initially, will help smaller companies save dollars.
Employee Wellness Programs
Designed to bring employees together to share the benefits of health and fitness. The benefits of employee wellness programs are becoming more evident and as a result, an increasing number of businesses are incorporating wellness programs within their workplace. Through classes and programs which include health, nutrition, and fitness, employees are able to share the benefits of living a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Diversity and sensitivity training
Protect yourself against claims of hostile working environments, or harassment in the workplace! Create a friendly and welcoming work environment for all your staff. By appreciating the diversity in your workplace, your employees can feel accepted and comfortable in their surroundings. Make sure there are no discriminatory practices taking place at your workplace as your company could be charged with a litigated claim if discrimination occurs.
Safety Tip - First Aid Kits
Abide by OSHA requirements - Occupational Safety and Health Act. This act is a primary federal law that governs occupational health and safety in the workplace. The goal of this act is to ensure that employers in all industries provide their employees with a working environment that is free from hazards which include toxins, excessive noise levels, heat or cold stress, as well as mechanical dangers.
The Hidden Cost of Turnover --- Let’s make sure we hire the right person from the start!
In my many years as an HR Director in the hospitality industry, we hired and terminated a myriad of employees. Always behind and catching up on our work, it was difficult for me and my HR team to justify to our General Manager, the need to hire additional HR personnel for our department. I felt as though we were “spinning our wheels” and could never pinpoint the actual “cost per hire”, to argue our need for that extra HR person.
Employee or Independent Contractor? That is the Question!
Understand the difference between employees and independent contractors. An independent contractor is someone who is independently in business for themselves. The employer does not control the worker but only controls the end results of the work that the independent contractor has been retained to do.
HR Compliance: Reporting new employees
All California employers must report new or rehired employees who work in California within 20 days of their start-of-work date. California’s new hire reporting program requires employers to submit the necessary documents to the EDD (Employment Development Department) prior to the 20th day of employment. Employees who are rehired after being absent for 60 consecutive days also fall under this requirement.
Updating Employee Handbooks
Although not required by law, the Employee Handbook is the single most important HR best practice there is! It provides a strong foundation to clearly communicate to all employees your company policies, setting the stage for company guidelines and employee behavior expectations. The Employee Handbook also serves to protect your company against a number of potential legal challenges.
By Clark Souers, Senior HR Consultant ECG