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 fewer 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

Common Employment Law Mistakes Small Businesses Make

  As a small business owner, you may not always prioritize the finer points of employment law, instead of focusing on profitability, marketing, and branding, and building a reliable customer base. Small business owners are stretched thin! Perhaps you believe focusing on legalities will damage your relationship with employees, create a harsh working environment, and… Read more »

Posted on March 6, 2017 by Rick Rossignol

HR Audits FLSA

Are your employees classified correctly according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? What kind of impact can it have on your organization if they aren’t? Misclassified employees as exempt create exposure to not being in compliance with FSLA. If the employee does not meet the test to be exempt, employers could have exposure for… Read more »

Posted on January 29, 2017 by Rick Rossignol