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Message From Kim: Be Patient - Leadership is Definitely a Journey

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Most of you have probably read or at least heard of Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®    It is truly a business classic and I read it for the first time in 1989, as required reading in one of my college business courses. The day after I graduated, I moved to Portland, Oregon, and started my first “real job” as a manager at Target. 

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The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019

On paper, it’s an intriguing idea: Unlimited paid time off (PTO) means no vacation banks or caps — workers can take as much or as little vacation time as they see fit. Employees like that they're not being nickeled-and-dimed, and HR professionals like the idea of having one fewer thing to track. But is it really that simple?

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Climate Surveys can Tell the Real Story

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019

How do you measure the efficacy of your harassment prevention initiatives? An article published in Harvard Business Review introduced a very simple and approachable way to answer that question - Ask your employees. These questionnaires can help employers measure the efficacy of existing prevention programs as well as identify blind spots relating to harassment and discrimination. The Harvard Business Review was responding to the EEOC’s 2016 earlier recommendation that “Employers should conduct climate surveys to assess the extent to which harassment is a problem in their organization.”

 

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The Equal Opportunity Jerk is a Recipe for Disaster

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Companies defending against claims of harassment or discrimination might sometimes use this general defense:  “We know ___ is a jerk but he/she is a jerk to everyone - no particular group [fill in race, religion, gender, etc.] is being targeted.” If this is the best defense your organization has, be careful! Not only is this a weak defense, but, in general, experience shows that the “equal opportunity jerk” can and will get your company in hot water.

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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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