Human Resources

Minimum Wage Change 2016

The $10 state-wide minimum wage that hits us onJanuary 1, 2016, will complicate things even more than the last increase. The obvious employer takeaway from the new minimum wage hike is that now it’s time to pay more: Pay more hourly wages. As in 2014, the increase in minimum wage will increase what employers must… Read more »

Posted on December 5, 2015 by Rick Rossignol


The City of Sacramento Votes to Increase the Minimum Wage

The wage will go to $10.50 by 2017; $11 by 2018; $11.75 by 2019; and $12.50 by 2020. Small businesses (with 100 employees or less) will be on a different schedule, working from a timeline that is a year behind larger establishments. By offering health benefits, employers will be able to get a $2 credit,… Read more »

Posted on November 7, 2015 by Rick Rossignol


Disability Accommodation

Employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees’ and applicants’ known physical or mental disabilities, unless they can show that these accommodations would cause undue hardship. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, employers cannot retaliate or otherwise discriminate against employees and applicants for requesting reasonable accommodations, regardless of whether their request is granted. Reasonable accommodations are work modifications… Read more »

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Rick Rossignol


Employment Law Changes 2016

Health Benefit Mandates—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, large group health-care service plan contracts must provide a minimum value of at least 60 percent. Effective for insured group health plans offered, amended or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2017, and until Jan. 1, 2020, coverage for prescription drugs is revised. In addition, provisions related to prescription drug formularies, coverage for… Read more »

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Rick Rossignol


CA updates exemption for Computer software employee

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician or surgeon exemption. The new rates take effect January 1, 2016. For the computer software employees’ exemption: The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $41.85 from its previous rate of  $41.27; The minimum monthly salary increased to $7,265.43 from… Read more »

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Rick Rossignol



The truth is, everyone has a competitor.

What separates you from your competition? Your Employees! The organization has to build an infrastructure that employees want to work for! It does not happen by accident! In most cases the company treats employees like a precious resource. People are not disposable. http://bit.ly/1H9rDMq

Posted on July 8, 2015 by Rick Rossignol


Salary test proposed changes!

The Department of Labor has released its long-awaited overhaul of the Exemptions from the FSLA. Currently, the white collar exemptions in 29 CFR Part 541 require employers to pay employees a salary of at least $455 per week ($23,660 annually) and to perform certain exempt duties. The “highly-compensated” exemption currently requires employers to pay a… Read more »