Employee or Not Employee? That is the Question.

Employee or Not Employee? That is the Question.

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court made a ruling that may make it difficult for you to classify your workers as independent contractors.  Employers in California have traditionally used the set Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) standards, such as “exercises control”, to determine if a worker was classified as an “employee” or as an “independent contractor”.  The Supreme Court is now adopting an “ABC” standard for determining status of employee vs. independent contractors; we recommend that you review your classifications of workers to be in compliance with these new standards. 



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Don’t let your HR Practices go up in smoke - Stay Informed

Don’t let your HR Practices go up in smoke - Stay Informed

In light of recent laws regarding the legalization of medicinal marijuana, employers must establish a balance between maintaining an inclusive work environment that still focuses on employee safety. A CBS News poll recently reported that 88% of Americans now favor legalization of medicinal marijuana. With this shift in public opinion and ultimately the legalization of medicinal marijuana in 29 states across the country, a revisit on HR practices of marijuana use within the workplace requires further study. To avoid potential risks of wrongful-termination or negligent-hire claims while also balancing employee safety, each HR department must define clear policies to address this growing issue. 



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EEOC Updates Guidance on Discrimination Compliance

EEOC Updates Guidance on Discrimination Compliance

The EEOC has issues new guidance on how businesses need to comply with the federal policies against discrimination. There are several clarifications on what is discriminatory action or behavior that businesses need to be aware of. 



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Do You Have to Choose Between Strength and Kindness While Running a Business?

Do You Have to Choose Between Strength and Kindness While Running a Business?

Many business owners might feel like being strong and kind at the same time isn't possible. Either you can assert yourself, be strong and get people to do exactly what you want or you can be kind and give other people what they want. So it's a question of choosing between wants. But isn't it possible that what you want and what the employee wants are, at heart, the same thing? In that case, it ought to be possible to be both strong and kind at the same time. 



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Why and How Do You Come Up with a Mission Statement for Your Company?

Why and How Do You Come Up with a Mission Statement for Your Company?

When you start a company, you might have certain aims and goals in mind but they may not be written down. However, it's always a good idea to come up with a mission statement right from the beginning. This will help to keep you and your employees on track. It will also help to keep your customers in the loop. It will become a part of your brand. 



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Face Your Fears by Developing Emotional Intelligence and Motivating Yourself

Face Your Fears by Developing Emotional Intelligence and Motivating Yourself

When you start a business, your main fear is that it's not going to take off. In fact, there are businessmen who have tried up to ten times before establishing a business that does well. Although owning your own business is the best way to increase your income, it's also a very difficult process. 



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