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Considering Allowing Remote Work?

By Kate Kriner, PHRca Wow, here we are at the end of 2022 and we have all sorts of new work words in our lexicon: quiet quitting, hybrid work, digital exhaustion, career cushioning. Today, we want to discuss remote work (FKA: telework), specifically work performed...

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Top 5 Things on the 2023 HR To-Do List

By Laurie Nooren, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP   Holiday Greetings, all you HR nerds.  If you’re anything like this HR nerd, you make compulsive lists, if nothing but to cross things out and give you a sense of accomplishment.  As the year end approaches, what should be...

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CA COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave is Extended

Governor Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 152  (AB 152) extending the use of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) from the original expiration date of September 30, 2022 to December 31, 2022.  This will apply to CA employers who have more than 25 employees.  ...

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Paid Family Leave Small Business Grant

By Jennifer Lippi, JD, SPHR, PHRca California’s Paid Family Leave Insurance (“PFLI”) program provides eligible employees with up to 8 weeks of wage replacement benefits when employees are on leave for certain qualifying reasons, such as caring for a seriously ill...

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It Is Time to Update Your COVID-19 Prevention Program- Again!

By Jennifer Lippi, SPHR, PHRca As you are likely aware by now, under Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), employers are mandated to have a written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP).  On April 21, 2022, the Cal/OSHA standards board adopted revisions...

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Time to Take Another Look at Arbitration Agreements?

The long-awaited decision by the United States Supreme Court in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana was issued on June 15, 2022, and brings some good news for California employers.  In a sweeping decision, the Court held that employers may compel arbitration of...

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Is Your Retirement Plan in Place?

By Kate Kriner, PHRca The final deadline is approaching for employers to register for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program.  If you have not previously registered and have at least 5 employees you must either register for the CalSavers program or offer another...

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When An Employee Dies

By Jennifer L. Lippi, JD, SPHR, PHRca Although not a popular topic, it happens – someone dies while employed. Whether it is sudden or expected, the death of an employee can be challenging for staff and management.  Management may be unclear on the short and long-terms...

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Salary Budget Trends for 2022

By Kim Silvers, SPHR, PHRca Employers are struggling to find the right mix of base compensation and incentives to attract and retain talent.  We all know of the “Great Resignation”, the dearth of candidates (no longer referred to as “viable candidates”) and the...

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Ask the HR Nerd… What Is It With All These Pamphlets?

By Kate Kriner, PHRca A frequent question our consultants are asked is “What is with all the employment pamphlets and notices that California requires? Do we really have to give them more than once and when?” We are sure you are all tired of hearing this, but… it...

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Will COVID-19 Paid Time Off Be Extended?

We’ve received several questions from employers questioning the possible extension of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) time off and the CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. As you may recall, the FFCRA was extended a couple of times, most...

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Remote I-9 Identification Procedures Still in Play

The U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has once again extended the allowance for employers who are working exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions, to be exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the...

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