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We all know the state of California prides itself on being progressive when it comes to workers’ rights, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that in 2014, California became the second state ever to mandate paid sick leave. Those requirements officially went into effect on July 1, 2015. And of course, there have already been some amendments made. Those went into effect immediately upon being signed by the governor on July 13, 2015. Just when you think you know what to expect! Here’s…   read more...
By nature, employee handbooks are just about the most dry reading material anyone has ever come across. But that’s because they have to be. A good employee handbook is dry because when you start spicing them up to make them into a more entertaining read – you run the risk of communicating something that could actually get your company in trouble down the line. That’s the one thing a lot of people seem to forget – the employee handbook can either help you or hurt you if you wind up in court or…   read more...
Way back in 2013, we knew that things were changing. That was when the California Legislature enacted legislation that would raise the minimum wage for the entire state. They proposed a two-step process, with the first being an increase to $9.00 an hour in January of 2014, and the second step now just a few months away – kicking off in January of 2016. So what’s changing, and what do you need to know in order to ensure your company remains in compliance? Show Me the Money The most obvious…   read more...
You want to know how to get a bunch of HR people in a tizzy? Tell them one of their managers has been failing to provide appropriate accommodations to an employee with disabilities. Just like that, you’ll see them rushing to their computers to type up memos and frantically calling for sensitivity trainings. Why is this such a hot button issue? Well, for one – discrimination of any kind is wrong. But in addition to that, disability discrimination can get a company into a lot of trouble. And…   read more...
Most of us would like to believe that creating a harassment free environment is common sense to the supervisors we hire – but time and again, companies find themselves shocked and dismayed by the inappropriate actions of those under their employment. Yes, it is possible for you to hire a manager who will commit quid pro quo harassment. And it’s not uncommon to hire an employee who fancies him or herself a comedian, but all too often veers into off-color comedy in the break room. These things…   read more...
One bad apple. They say that’s all it takes. Just one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch. It’s one of the reasons hiring managers are so careful about selecting the right candidate for any given job opening – because you never want to be unintentionally introducing that one bad apple into your workforce. The problem? Even if you make the perfect hiring selections, all employees are susceptible to turning at some point. A few bad encounters with a supervisor, or feeling consistently…   read more...
Nerd. Recluse. Loner. Over the years, these are all terms that have been applied to introverts – those people who are more likely to stay home on a Friday night with Netflix and a pizza, rather than heading out into the world for socializing and drinks. The truth is, there are many variations of introverts, some of whom you would never even suspect as being just that. The classic definition of an extrovert vs. an introvert is that extroverts derive their energy from being around other people,…   read more...
Bullying. If you have kids between the ages of 5 and 15, you know that this is currently the buzzword being routinely uttered and discussed by all parents. Bullying is a big deal, and protecting our kids from bullies (or ensuring they don’t become the bullies) is a hot topic. But what about protecting your employees? Wait… what? Are we talking about grown adults, being bullied like grade-schoolers? Well, yes. And no. Workplace bullying isn’t exactly the same as what you might expect to find…   read more...
Everyone loves California. The glitz, glamour and beaches; it’s no wonder that people travel all over the world to vacation in the state we call home. Which means that all of us, are living the dream! But with all that desirable California sunshine (and the beach glow outsiders so desperately yearn for) comes hazards that those in less sunshiny states don’t have to worry about. Most notably, heat illness. Now, not everyone has seen or experienced heat illness, but when it comes to employees…   read more...
Ah, performance reviews. The time of year most supervisors loathe. Typically because it involves a lot of paperwork mucking up your other daily tasks, and because… no one likes to be the bearer of bad news. But performance reviews don’t have to be that awful. Sure, they are probably never going to be your favorite part of the job, but there are definitely ways you can make them less painful. Create an Environment of Ongoing Discussion First of all, an annual performance review should never be…   read more...
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