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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Showing Vulnerability Makes a Strong Business Leader

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Everyone has experienced an emotional wound at some point in their life, including those who lead and manage others. However, this emotional pain doesn't have to be a bad thing. It can help business leaders make genuine connections with others as well as help them learn to be an even better leader. Vulnerability at work means that a supervisor or manager admits when he or she doesn't have all the answers, takes responsibility for the error or lack of knowledge, and requests help from others to move forward. 



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Why You Should Be a Coach to Your Employees

Why You Should Be a Coach to Your Employees

Maybe you've heard of employers who take on the role of coach in the workplace. And maybe you rolled your eyes, thinking that coaches belonged at the football stadium, not in your office. Instead of dismissing the idea of coaching, take a look at the ways your employees can benefit from having a coach for a boss. 



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5 Unusual Ways to De-Stress During the Work Day

5 Unusual Ways to De-Stress During the Work Day

When stress leaves you feeling wired, exhausted, or defeated, you need to find some way to calm down. High levels of stress will slow down your productivity and decrease the quality of your work. So take a minute to read these unusual methods of keeping your cool at work. 



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