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Celebrating Independence Day

Published Friday, June 29, 2018
by Kim Gusman, President & CEO

Kim Gusman 





I just returned from a family reunion in Central Pennsylvania. I had forgotten how gorgeous that part of our country is with all of the lush, green, farmland. Seeing an Amish buggy go by was a thrill and I was surprised at how many homes were decorated in the “Americana” style, with stars above the doorways, American flags out front and wooden plaques espousing the virtues of family leaning against their front porches.

It definitely put me in the mood to celebrate the Fourth of July or “Independence Day” which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Because the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, you may get some questions from employees about holiday pay. While not required, many employers traditionally give their employees this day off, some with pay. Avoid any unpleasant surprises and be prepared with accurate answers about holiday pay by reading our Counsel’s corner article in this month’s edition of The California Employers’ Report.

Now that we are in the throes of summer, temperatures are rising and so are issues around dress code and grooming policies. Check out our practical guide on how to deal with a sensitive issue like body odor in the Summertime and Body Odor article.

July also brings with it several new employment laws, which may catch employers off guard. Join us on July 18th (link) for our Mid Year Labor Law Update webinar to learn more about the new laws going into effect.

We are grateful that our members turn to us for solutions to their employee relations and compliance issues. Our Member Appreciation Month in August is our way of saying thank you – check out all of the freebies in advance in the We Love Our Members article.

Happy Independence Day to you!

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