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The Heat is On! Protect Your Workers from Heat Illness

Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cal/OSHA reminds all employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness as temperatures rise throughout California. Heat illness is a dangerous condition caused by the body’s internal temperature control system which stops functioning properly and can’t maintain an acceptable temperature. Due to the high heat or high humidity, normal cooling processes, like sweating, stop working.

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Summer Days & Time Off

Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019

There isn’t any legal requirement to provide paid vacation to California employees, but most employers choose to do so. If you choose to offer vacation, you (the employer) have the right to set the amount of vacation employees will earn each year or if they will earn any at all. You also have the right to determine when employees take vacation and for how long. 

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Why Employee's Don't Report Misconduct

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

Nearly 60% of all misconduct observed in the workplace is never reported, according to a new survey by Gartner, Inc. Gartner, Inc. gathered responses from over 2 million respondents from 167 organizations worldwide between 2009 and 2017.  Shockingly, only 41% of workplace misconduct is actually reported by employees. 

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July Brings Fireworks and Minimum Wage Increases

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

Beginning July 1, 2019, the following cities and counties must increase their minimum wage. 

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How to Respond to Personnel Record Requests

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

It’s not uncommon for employees- or former employees- to ask to see their personnel files and payroll records. This can be confusing for employers and may also trigger fear that the employee is looking to find a mistake. What rights do employees have and what are the employer’s responsibilities?

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Opening Pandora’s Box

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

When you educate people about their rights, it opens doors that can’t be slammed shut! Such is the case with California’s Senate Bill 1343. SB1343 requires employers with five (5) or more employees to provide ALL employees and managers with Harassment Prevention Training (HPT) before January 1, 2020. 

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Leadership Skills for 2019 and Beyond

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

What does it take to be a great manager? This question has generated endless conversations, countless articles, blogs, and books over the years. According to Gallup’s new book, “It’s the Manager”, your managers are the most important people in your organization when guiding teams through the many changes we see in our workplace today. This begs the question “Are we preparing our managers to lead today and for tomorrow?”

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Staying Competitive with Future Technologies

Published Monday, July 1, 2019

At a recent business summit, “Future Focus” I was equally fascinated and concerned, after listening to futurist speaker, Patrick Schwerdtfeger. The presentation focused on how the U.S. needs to reinvent our workforce due to technology disruption. Futurists are predicting that 40% of our current S&P 500 companies and 47% of the jobs in the U.S. will no longer exist by 2029!

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