A Shot in the Arm

President Biden has announced a plan that will affect companies with 100 or more employees. It appears those companies will either need to mandate vaccinations for employees or have unvaccinated employees tested weekly. This hasn’t taken effect yet and the final ruling or regulation will come from OSHA (the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration) or the state versions of OSHA, such as Cal/OSHA.  [click to read more …]

Social Etiquette at Work

An Employee Handbook usually tells employees what conduct is considered unacceptable. However, less is said about proper or preferred conduct. There are a lot of little things employees (and managers) can do to make your company a more enjoyable place to work.  [click to read more …]

Working with Sick Leave

I continue to be confused about all the things I can’t control when someone is sick. Are there better ways to deal with sick leave?  [click to read more …]

Yes, It’s Possible

I’m never sure what I can and can’t do regarding my employees. I feel like they have more options than I do as a business owner.  [click to read more …]

Revised Workplace Rules

The COVID merry-go-round keeps spinning and we’re getting dizzy. Thanks to the increasing number of positive cases we’re getting with the Delta variant, we’re now going retro.  [click to read more …]

Compliance Sanity Check

It has been a tough time for many companies, thanks to the pandemic and the never-ending changes it has caused. Between remote workers refusing to return to the office and the difficulty in finding workers, most companies are still struggling to find their balance. We wanted to remind you not to ignore compliance when your focus is elsewhere.  [click to read more …]

Digging Deep

I’ve hired two employees who haven’t worked out even though their resumes and interviews seemed to fit the position exactly. How can I be more confident of my hires in the future?  [click to read more …]

Meal Break Costs are Rising

If my hourly employees miss their meal break, why do I have to pay them an hour instead of the half-hour they would have taken?  [click to read more …]

Working Interviews

I have a candidate work for a couple of days as a trial period. If I like them, I hire them. If I don’t, I pay them cash for the time worked. This has worked well for me so far. Is this okay?  [click to read more …]

Timing is Everything

Contrary to Federal law, California law is very specific when it comes to minutes and even seconds an employee works. They don’t vary, which helps, but you do need to understand the language.  [click to read more …]