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May 25 10

Pregnancy Disability Leave

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I continually get questions regarding Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) in California so here is a general overview of the regulations. Any employer with 5 or more employees must offer PDL. There is no length of service requirement so employees become eligible at their date of hire. The maximum ...

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Mar 22 10

An Unemployment Insurance Primer

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The EDD does not question the employerâ??s right to discharge an employee, or the employeeâ??s right to quit. The EDD is looking beyond that question to whether or not the circumstances of the separation fit the requirements of the UI code. The wording of separation documents is critical. There ...

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Mar 3 10

Exempt Employee Classification Traps

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Wage and hour litigation seems to growing into a big business for employees and their attorneys; especially, if they can smell a class action potential. All employers can take steps to avoid getting themselves into these types of lawsuits by paying careful attention to the law. Here is the basic ...

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Feb 23 10

The ADA and Reasonable Accommodation

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Both the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act require employers to provide an employee with a disability a reasonable accommodation. This means a modification or adjustment to the workplace that enables the employee to perform the essential ...

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Jan 19 10

HR Best Practices: Part 2

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In part 1, we discussed Human Resource systems and processes. Today we will look at the employee benefits side of the equation. Most (but not all) benefits will cost the company money. However, I believe the more benefits you can offer; the greater will be your ability to retain employees. Not ...

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Dec 21 09

Best Practices: Part 1

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I thought I would write a two part series on what I believe to be Human Resources best practices. Part 1 will focus on processes and systems I think you should have in place and part 2 will explore best practices that will have some costs attached to them but for which I feel the payback would ...

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Nov 22 09

Exempt Employee Salary Reductions

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The California Labor Commissioner has published an Opinion Letter which provides employers with some latitude for salary reductions for exempt employees. Some companies are looking for ways to cut costs without having to lay off exempt employees. One way to do this would be to reduce the work ...

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Oct 8 09

Documentation is King

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Good documentation is what gives you credibility with both your employees and your boss. It shows that you treated employees objectively and in a consistent manner. Ultimately, it’s Exhibit A when you go to trial. Unemployment is very high and you probably already know that employees are ...

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Sep 2 09

Swine Flu Preparation

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Cal/OSHA Guidance for Employers: California employers are encouraged to review their strategies for protecting the health of their employees, including their pandemic flu or other emergency plans. Employers should take this opportunity to update their plans and to train their employees. Federal ...

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Aug 19 09

Michelle’s Law

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On October 9, 2009, an important new Federal law affecting employer-sponsored group health plans will become effective. For calendar-year plans, the law will apply as of January 1, 2010. The new law is known as â??Michelleâ??s Lawâ? and expands employersâ?? coverage and notice obligations ...

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