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Supporting Employee Well-Being

We are all aware of the myriad of daily obstacles our employees face. These obstacles include family members falling ill, children having special needs, and, of course, personal health issues or stress, which can affect their mental well-being and their ability to do...

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Updated Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice (Notice to Employee)

By Jennifer L. Lippi, JD, SPHR In late 2023, the Governor signed AB 636 which revised the information that must be included in the Labor Code Section 2810.5 “Notice to Employee.”  Section 2810.5 requires that employers provide non-exempt employees with written notice...

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Weekly Pay Periods – Best Practice? Maybe Not…..

By Laurie Nooren, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP Are your employees paid bi-weekly (every two weeks), semi-monthly (twice per month), or weekly (52 payrolls per year)?  Of all these options, you may be thinking “who would want to run payroll 52 times in a year?” However, we...

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Paid Sick Leave Update

As you know, there was a significant update to the California Paid Sick Leave (PSL) law in SB 616, effective January 1, 2024. As we have been assisting our clients with updating their policies, an additional question has been asked by several of our clients. You may...

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Top 10 Things on the 2024 HR To-Do List

By Laurie Nooren, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP Top 10 Things on the 2024 HR To-Do List Holiday greetings to all.  As the year end approaches (where did 2023 go?), you may be wondering what should be on your top 10 list of HR things to do for 2024.  Here are our suggestions:...

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Artificial Intelligence has Entered the Chat…

Artificial Intelligence has Entered the Chat… Kate Kriner, PHRca Artificial Intelligence or “AI” might be the word of 2023 (even though forms of AI have been around since the 1950s). Most recently Generative AI (ChatGPT being a well-known example) has been the topic...

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When Did Rounding Become Square? Timecard Rounding, That Is.

By Laurie Nooren, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP For years, California courts have allowed the practice of rounding in/out times for the day up to the nearest quarter of an hour. This was before any real technology was available that allowed employers to easily calculate hours...

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Coming to an End… Remote Form I-9 Inspections

By Kate Kriner, PHRca The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“USICE”) has announced the inevitable end to the COVID-19 exception from the physical inspection of employment eligibility documents (i.e., social...

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Beware of Boilerplate Severance Agreements

By Jennifer Lippi, SPHR, PHRca In a recent National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decision McLaren v. Macomb, the Board ruled that offering severance agreements with certain confidentiality and/or non-disparagement provision violates the National Labor Relations Act...

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Setting the Record Straight—Common Workplace Myths

By Kate Kriner, PHRca We are well into the 21st century and many of the workplace practices and benefits have been around so long we just assume they are based on laws, regulations and rules.  In fact, many of these practices have no legal basis. Let’s separate some...

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