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New Laws Make 2020 a Compliance Nightmare for CA Employers

New Laws Make 2020 a Compliance Nightmare for CA Employers

In his first year as Governor, Gavin Newsom closed the 2019 legislative session by signing a flurry of bills into law, many of which will significantly affect employment practices in the state. Below are some of the most notable new laws going into effect on January...

Employees vs Contractors – Have You Converted Your 1099s Yet?

Employees vs Contractors – Have You Converted Your 1099s Yet?

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), into law this past September, intending to clarify and codify the California Appeals Court’s 2018 decision to adopt the “ABC” test as a standard for classification and their decision earlier this year to...

Safety is Key in Workers’ Comp Cost Control

Safety is Key in Workers’ Comp Cost Control

The key to controlling workers’ comp costs is to take a more proactive approach that shifts the focus onto safety, which is an approach known as “loss control.” Loss control is the practice of making a workplace safer by implementing and consistently managing proper...

Tips for an HR-Friendly Holiday Party

Tips for an HR-Friendly Holiday Party

Holiday parties can be a perfect opportunity to allow your employees to get together in a stress-free environment to celebrate the seasonal festivities along with their achievements over the past year. However, a lot more goes into a company holiday party than just...

Simple Ways to Manage Workers’ Comp Claims & Reduce Costs

Simple Ways to Manage Workers’ Comp Claims & Reduce Costs

The influx of rate increases in the workers’ comp market has left employers searching for ways to control their spending. One of the most effective ways that employers can help keep their workers’ comp spending down is through properly managing their workers’ comp...

Managing and Avoiding Costly Retaliation Claims

Managing and Avoiding Costly Retaliation Claims

Both state and federal laws provide protection to job applicants and employees to be free from harassment or discrimination in the workplace or hiring process based on age, race, sex, religion, nationality and disability, among other protected characteristics. When a...

2020 Minimum Wage Increase coming!

2020 Minimum Wage Increase coming!

Minimum wage is increasing once again in California on January 1st, 2020. Complicating matters, there are over 21 individual minimum wage increases in the state for specific cities, counties and/or municipal areas that employers in those areas must meet. It’s crucial...

Workers’ Comp: The Biggest Factors in Lowering Your ExMod

Workers’ Comp: The Biggest Factors in Lowering Your ExMod

Workers’ Compensation insurance is an unavoidable cost for any California employer. In order to control workers’ comp premium costs, employers have to understand and manage something called an experience modification rating, or ExMod. Lowering your ExMod will lower...

Taco Bell Hit With $225k I-9 Fine – Are You Next?

Taco Bell Hit With $225k I-9 Fine – Are You Next?

Employers have to be careful when hiring lawful permanent residents for work. Compliance with i-9 reporting requirements can be confusing, but proper documentation is critical to avoid fines, penalties and audits from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents....