Human Resources

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 »


Can you win the war for Talent ?

The U.S. had 5.4 million job openings in April. The total was the highest since the department began conducting the so-called Jolts survey in 2000. The talent market is heating up. The pendulum swings in the candidate favor, smaller supply of quality candidates. Employer’s must develop their strategy for attracting and retaining talent. Employer’s must… Read more »


Independent Contractor or Employee!

The courts have considered many facts in deciding whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. These relevant facts fall into three main categories: behavioral control; financial control; and relationship of the parties. In each case, it is very important to consider all the facts – no single fact provides the answer. Carefully… Read more »

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Rick Rossignol