New CalChamber White Paper Available: Top Ten Employee Handbook Mistakes

June 20, 2012 0

CalChamber has a new white paper available titled, Top Ten Employee Handbook Mistakes. It is a free downloadable pdf, written by Jennifer Brown Shaw and Alayna Schroeder, and it contains a concise listing of common mistakes employers make with employee handbooks and what to do about them.

Is California Really the Worst State in Which to Own a Business?

May 30, 2012 0

It’s getting harder out here in California every year. Not only is the new governor warning about a $16 billion budget deficit and advocating even higher taxes, it seems our state is considered the worst state in which to have a business. Chief Executive Magazine conducted a survey earlier this year and asked 650 CEOs […]

Ouch! Family Health Care Costs Break the $20,000 Mark?

May 22, 2012 0

The 2012 Milliman Medical Index reports that the average cost of employer-sponsored healthcare for a family of four is now $20,728.00! To be accurate, the report is referring to a PPO plan, which can cost substantially more than a HMO plan. And, also according to the report, this year’s increase in costs was less than […]

A 2018 Train Wreck Coming?

April 9, 2012 0

I think we have a train wreck coming. As you may know, in 2018 the health care Cadillac Tax will be implemented. The Cadillac Tax is the 40% tax an employer will be forced to pay on any health coverage plan costing over $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. Now, some will […]

Still Time to Review the New California Laws for 2012

April 9, 2012 0

Is it just me, or does it seem 2012 is flying by faster than most years? I’m still catching up on my reading for last year, and it’s already tax time. At any rate, in case you missed it, HR California CalChamber recently published an overview of the new 2012 California laws affecting employers. The […]

California Employers Guide for 2012

February 1, 2012 0

The California Employer’s Guide 2012 is available from the EDD online. The 131 page guide can be extremely useful, and it covers everything from wages, taxes, unemployment, withholding, and required forms; as well as a section covering employer rights.

A Business Owner’s Take on Super Bowl Sunday

January 28, 2012 0

My husband and I visited one of our favorite places today, Johnny B’s. It’s a great burger and brew place, and the owner transformed it from the original dive bar it was into one of the premier sports bars in east county. We saw a sign announcing Johnny B’s would be closed after 2:00 PM […]

New California Requirement for Employers

January 12, 2012 0

Starting January 1, 2012, California employers are required to provide nonexempt employees with specific wage information at the time of hire. The new Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 amends the Labor Code to add section 2810.5, which requires a written notice to nonexempt employees at the time of hire. The notice contains information about […]

A New Year and the Scammers are Out

January 11, 2012 0

I received my “FINAL NOTICE” from the California Labor Compliance, Business Compliance Department. Apparently, I needed to send them $275.00 to ensure compliance with California labor law. Pretty official stuff. And it went right into the trash, naturally. The California Labor Compliance people are not connected to any official government agency. They’re just fishing for […]

A List of Required Documents for California

October 14, 2011 0

Over the years I’ve put together a list of documents you need to supply California employees. It comes in handy, believe me. Here is my list so far (you can also download it here): NEW HIRES 1. State Disability Insurance Provisions (DE 2515). This pamphlet explains an employee’s disability insurance rights and must be distributed […]

Written Contracts Required for California Commissioned Employees Starting in 2013

October 10, 2011 0

Our California governor, Jerry Brown, has been busy signing into law a number of bills lately. This latest one, AB 1396, is important to any California employer who employs commissioned salespeople. Starting January 1, 2013, any California employee earning a commission must have a written contract that clearly spells out the terms and conditions of […]

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