A Manager’s Guide to Dealing With Difficult Employees

No matter the profession, managers inevitably will have to deal with the dreaded difficult employee. Whether that employee is the lone wolf, negative Nancy, or underachiever, uncooperative employees with bad attitudes can infect workplace morale and compromise productivity. Hoping for the best and ignoring the problem is not a solution- it can only exacerbate the… Read more »

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Lou Alexander

Money isn’t everything: promoting creativity in the workplace

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”   -Edward de Bono   Artists don’t hold the proprietary rights to creativity. In fact, any business- from digital advertising to, yes, even financing- that… Read more »

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Rick Rossignol

Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace: Employer Lactation Accommodation Requirements

Businesses have a legal obligation to observe federal and state laws guaranteeing nursing mothers the right to reasonable lactation accommodations. Knowing your business’ legal requirements regarding lactation accommodation can help you prevent expensive lawsuits- and may even prove advantageous from a human resources perspective. Let’s take a look at how federal and California laws differ…. Read more »

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Rick Rossignol

Employer Branding: The Key to Attracting and Retaining the Right People

As companies must increasingly compete to acquire talent from a shrinking marketplace, employer branding is becoming more important than ever. Employer branding proves to be an effective strategic tool in not only attracting and recruiting the right fit for your company, but also retaining top talent. Essentially, your employer brand is your reputation among current… Read more »

How a Business Can Retain its Top Talent Employees

    The unemployment rate has sunk quite a bit since the Great Recession’s 10 percent peak in October 2009. As of March 2017, the unemployment rate has dipped below expectations to 4.5 percent. That’s great news for the economy; however, it poses a challenge to companies looking to fill positions with top talent as… Read more »

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Rick Rossignol

Company Policies Regarding Paternity Leave

Providing fathers with the opportunity to take an extended period off for the arrival of a child, by birth or adoption, positively affects familial outcomes. The benefits of paternity leave include the promotion of parent-child bonding; improved health and development outcomes for children; and greater gender equity at home and the workplace, according to the… Read more »

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Rick Rossignol

Which California Cities Pay the Highest Minimum Wage?

If you own a business, you’re probably already aware that you need to keep up with federal and state minimum wage laws. But did you know you should also track your city’s minimum wage standards?   The state of California’s 2017 minimum wage is $10 per hour for companies employing 25 or less workers and… Read more »

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Rick Rossignol

When Employers Need to Raise Wages

Most employers in California are subject to both the federal and state minimum wage laws. The employer must abide by the law that is most advantageous for the employee. Thus, since California’s current law requires a higher minimum wage rate than the federal law, employers should abide by California’s law. Additionally, in California, it’s not… Read more »

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Rick Rossignol