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How to Throw a Liability-Free Holiday Office Party

With the holiday party season upon us, many will be dreading much more than simply the prospect of small talk over appetizers with their colleagues. Perhaps one of your otherwise excellent employees had an embarrassing incident at last year’s soiree, or your business’s reputation was comprised some other way.


California New Labor and Employment Laws: AB 9 & AB 51

2019 has been a year of change for the employment legislation. The influence of the #MeToo movement can be seen in the number of bills meant to protect employees who have suffered harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. The California Legislature also targeted arbitration abuse, worker misclassification, and other wage and hour law violations. Below, we cover… Read more »


AB 5: How did we get here and where are we going?

The battle over AB 5 is over, however the path to clarity is on the horizon. The bill is expected to dramatically reshape the contours of California’s workforce and economy, and potentially reclassify two-million independent contractors. Across the state employers must now examine their workforce and determine whether and how to modify their business structure… Read more »


Who Will Be Affected by A.B. 5?

On September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5, which clarifies when workers should be considered “employees” under the California Labor Code and the California Unemployment Insurance Code, thereby entitling them to the protections afforded by those laws.  The bill codifies the standard set out in last year’s California Supreme Court… Read more »


Safety First- Lowering Your Experience Modification Rating

Worker’s Compensation is required for most employers in most states. It covers more than 140 million U.S. workers, over 94% of employees. The total cost to employers of workers’ compensation insurance is more than $95 billion annually. But the individual cost for workers’ compensation insurance for each employer is dependent on various variables.


Cultivating Employees’ Career Paths So Businesses Can Grow

Career development is often an understated perk that many candidates look for when hunting for their next job. Besides a comfortable salary, health benefits, and a decent number of vacation days, prospective employees want the assurance that they’ll not just survive at their next company, but actually thrive at it. As we discussed in our… Read more »

Posted on September 23, 2019 by Rick Rossignol


Creating a Dog-Friendly Workspace Doesn’t Have to be ‘Ruff’

As the working world has evolved, it’s no secret that priorities have shifted and what employees looked for in a workplace a decade ago is different from what they desire now. For example millennials, who make up just about one-third of the American workforce, tend to place great importance on work-life balance and career growth… Read more »


New EEO-1 Update Requires Employers to Provide Detailed Pay Data

The U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) has been making worldwide headlines but not just for their historic FIFA Women’s World Cup win. Earlier this year, all 28 players filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming that they had been subject to gender pay discrimination.   Although it remains to be seen what will come of the… Read more »