Mon October 28 2019

What is Crime Victim’s Leave?

The Crime Victim’s Leave law states that, if any of your employees are the victim of serious crimes, you are required to offer them time off without pay. Employees who fall victim to serious crimes are entitled to take time off of work without pay, as regulated by the Crime Victim’s Leave law. Employers cannot discriminate against their employees and must adhere by this law by providing sufficient time off, so employees can attend judicial proceedings.

Mon October 21 2019

Understanding the DLSE form for hourly new hires

All "hourly" new hires must be provided with a signed copy of their DLSE form upon hire. This form is required by the state of California as of January 2012 and is an essential part of the hiring process. Additionally, this form has now been revised to indicate the required “sick time” benefit, which went into effect July, 2015.

Mon October 14 2019

Return to work: Doctor’s release

The number of employees who take sick leaves steadily increases during this time of year. While missing employees can affect your business operations, it’s important to ensure your employees are staying home and recovering rather than coming to work and getting the rest of your staff sick. While employees may believe they are no longer sick, they are not doctors.

Mon October 07 2019

Understanding the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)

IRCA requires that all employers, regardless of size, to verify their new hires’ eligibility to work in the U.S. The Immigration Reform and Control Act require employers to provide proof that all of their new employees have the right to work in the United States. Whether they are citizens, on a working VISA, etc., employees must be authorized to work in the United States.

Sun September 29 2019

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.

Mon September 23 2019

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.

Mon September 16 2019

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 09 2019


It's the law! - CA Food Handler training is required for California servers and Food Safety Manager training is required for all establishments serving food. 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.

Sun September 01 2019

HR best practice: Handling employee stress claims

Work stress claims are workers compensation related. All employers, regardless of size, must have workers compensation insurance. In the event of a work-related injury or illness, employers must provide medical benefits and wages to employees through their WC carrier. If an employee reports mental distress due to high levels of stress or anxiety at work, they may be entitled to workers compensation benefits.

Mon August 26 2019

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.