Choices for paid holidays
If you offer paid holidays, consider eliminating “Christmas Day” specifically, and allow your employees to “choose their designated winter holiday,” such as Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa instead. Offer your employees options when it comes to deciding what holiday they want off. Your employees are likely to have different preferences and it’s important to acknowledge and take into consideration their different beliefs and traditions.
2020 California Minimum Wage Increase
On January 1st 2020, California will increase its minimum wage to $13 per hour for businesses 26 or more employees. The minimum wage for smaller businesses, with 25 or fewer employees, will increase to $12/hour.
This increase is part of a larger change, which is slowly raising the California minimum wage up to $15 per hour. Larger businesses will have to meet the $15/hour minimum wage by 2022, whereas smaller businesses have until 2023.
Safety Tip: Ergonomics
Good ergonomics are key to a healthy workplace. Effective ergonomics in the workplace can benefit both employees and your business by providing physical comfort, thereby improving morale and productivity. Ergonomics promotes early returns to work and a reduction in absenteeism.
HR best practice: “If it’s not written down, it didn’t happen”
If you do not document your conversations with employees, it's as if that conversation never happened. Important discussions and meetings with your employees should be fully documented and written down. Verbal agreements are not considered sound-proof in the event of litigation. Therefore, in order to protect yourself and your company, it’s important to put everything that’s discussed in writing.
When do employees qualify for tuition reimbursement?
There is no legal requirement to provide tuition reimbursement for your employees. However, reimbursement will show that you care about your employees’ career progression. Obtaining a higher education can be quite expensive. Therefore, many workers refrain from enhancing their skills because of financial strains. Offering your employees’ a tuition reimbursement program shows that their future and progression in their career is important to you and to your company.
Flu Season is Almost Here!
Winter season brings colds and flu; resulting in loss of productivity and increased sick time. Flu season is fast approaching and it’s important that employees and management take proper care of themselves. Getting the flu shot can help prevent the spreading of this illness to others at work. This virus may not only make you feel groggy and ill, but it can negatively affect your performance at work as well.
What is Crime Victim’s Leave?
The Crime Victim’s Leave law states that, if any of your employees are the victim of serious crimes, you are required to offer them time off without pay. Employees who fall victim to serious crimes are entitled to take time off of work without pay, as regulated by the Crime Victim’s Leave law. Employers cannot discriminate against their employees and must adhere by this law by providing sufficient time off, so employees can attend judicial proceedings.
Understanding the DLSE form for hourly new hires
All "hourly" new hires must be provided with a signed copy of their DLSE form upon hire. This form is required by the state of California as of January 2012 and is an essential part of the hiring process. Additionally, this form has now been revised to indicate the required “sick time” benefit, which went into effect July, 2015.
Return to work: Doctor’s release
The number of employees who take sick leaves steadily increases during this time of year. While missing employees can affect your business operations, it’s important to ensure your employees are staying home and recovering rather than coming to work and getting the rest of your staff sick. While employees may believe they are no longer sick, they are not doctors.
Understanding the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
IRCA requires that all employers, regardless of size, to verify their new hires’ eligibility to work in the U.S. The Immigration Reform and Control Act require employers to provide proof that all of their new employees have the right to work in the United States. Whether they are citizens, on a working VISA, etc., employees must be authorized to work in the United States.