Human Resources

Healthcare cost in 2013

Here are some figures Buck Consultants put together after surveying 123 insurers and plan administrators nationwide: Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) costs are projected to increase 9.7% in the first half of 2013 High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) costs are expected rise 9.6% Point-of-Service (POS) plan costs are projected to increase 9.5%, and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) costs are expected to… Read more »


Minimum Wage rates go up in 2013

Because of changes in employment law, and minimum wages, employer need to review their exempt employees to make sure they still meet the salary test to be exempt. Below is a quick summary of the Federal, California, and the 13 states that have rates above the federal rates. Keep in mind in CA the salary test is 2… Read more »


CA Employment Law Changes for 2013

Here are some of the new key employment laws that employers will see starting January 2013 (unless another effective date is indicated below):   Commission Pay Agreements — AB 1396 Any employers (based in or outside of California) with California-based employees who are paid on a commission-basis must have a written agreement with those employees… Read more »


Employer Practices 2013

2013 is going to be another year of challenges for employers. Employer’s practices are under attack by  Department of Labor and NLRB.  The DOL has organized a misclassification task-force to  actively address misclassification of independent contractors, and  non-exempt employees misclassified as exempt. In addition, employers are also under attack by the NLRB. The NLRB has weighed in on social media policies, mandatory arbitration,… Read more »


CA Employers have to brush off their policies and procedures!

We have some changes in employment law for 2013. I have put together the highlights of the changes. Employers are going to need to update their policies and procedures.   Wage and Hour: Compensation Agreements: California law generally requires the payment of overtime to nonexempt employees for hours worked over 8 in a day, 40 in a… Read more »


Access to Social Media for Employers denied!

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills into law on Thursday that keep employers or universities from demanding access passwords to Facebook or Twitter accounts. AB 1844, Campos. Employer use of social media. Existing law generally regulates the conduct of employers in the state. This bill would prohibit an employer from requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for employment to… Read more »



Labor Department Cranking up compliance pressure on joint employers

Employers wanting to outsource their employment law compliance  need to understand that they can not transfer their risk to a employer of record. The Department of Labor is targeting joint employers. Read the article by John Thompson http://bit.ly/TAIulF Employers need to understand they really can not outsource they liability to be in compliance with Fair… Read more »