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Commercial Driver Meal and Rest Breaks

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted petitions submitted by the American Trucking Associations requesting a determination that California’s meal and rest break rules are pre-empted under federal law.

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Written Commission Agreements are Required

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

If an employee earns commission, you must have a written commission agreement. This agreement must include a method for calculating and paying the commissions, be signed by the employee, and be documented with an employee acknowledgment form. 

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Counsels' Corner: More Questions are now Off-Limits in a Job Interview!

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

California has expanded its list of banned interview questions. Whether you conduct your own interviews or rely on a recruiter, be sure to steer clear from these six topics.

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Labor Relations in the Workplace

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

If your company already has a union-organized environment, you know how critical good labor relations are when creating your collective bargaining agreement. If your company doesn’t have a union, investing in a labor relations consultation will provide your company with a comprehensive analysis and sound advice. We help you keep unions out.

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New Overtime Rules for Ag Workers

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

Big news in the agriculture world. The California Industrial Welfare Commission released an updated Wage Order No. 14-2001 (IWC No. 14-2001) regulating the wages, hours, and working conditions of employees in agricultural occupations, effective January 1, 2019.

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Employers on the Hook for Payroll Errors, Not Payroll Companies

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

In a victory for payroll companies, the California Supreme court recently held that payroll providers aren’t on the hook for paycheck errors and wage and hour violations. The employer alone is liable for wage and other pay violations.

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Trainer's Tips: 5 Tips for More Effective Communication

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

We communicate in every aspect of our life. The goal of communication is to understand and be understood. However, that goal can often go unmet in the workplace and the repercussions of miscommunication can be very serious.

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Tragic Act of Workplace Violence Puts Spotlight on Safety

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019

The tragic shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Illinois last month has put workplace violence back in the spotlight. When an employee learned he was being fired from his job, he began shooting.

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