Ties to Tattoos by Sherri Elliott

July 30, 2010 2

I recently picked up Sherri Elliott’s book, Ties to Tattoos. Sherri’s book is based upon the premise that for the first time in American workforce history, we have 4 distinct generations: Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials. The book, to put it simply, is fascinating. We all know how things have changed -remember the IBM of […]

The Average HR Handbook: Be the HR Hero!

July 29, 2010 0

I’ll take a break today from the Legally Protected Absences series I’ve been doing, because I received another excerpt from the best-selling Average HR Handbook and I wanted to share. As you may recall, I have a good friend who sends these excerpts along now and then. I’m hoping some day to get the whole […]

Don’t Be Guilty of Denying Leave

July 28, 2010 0

It happens to all of us, usually at the worst time: jury summons. A jury summons cannot be ignored (not without unpleasant consequences, anyway), and we can only hope it doesn’t last too long. But it’s an important civic duty, nonetheless, and something to take seriously.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victims Leave

July 27, 2010 0

Employees victimized by domestic violence or sexual assault will usually need time off to appear in court. This type of absence is protected by law and you must allow the employee the time off. Also, if you have 25 or more employees, you must also give time off (up to 12 weeks) to the employee […]

Learning About Legally Protected Absences

July 26, 2010 0

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about some of the lesser known leaves available to California employees. Officially titled as Legally Protected Absences, there are quite a few to learn about. Here are some of them, for example: Domestic Violence/Sexual Victims leave Employee Literacy Assistance Jury/Witness Duty Leave Military Service Leave Military Spouse […]

Grass Roots Training

July 25, 2010 0

This weekend my husband and I had a chance to stroll around Balboa Park. It’s a stunning park, created in 1868 and the site of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition which commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal. Along our walk, we enjoyed taking in the fantastic architecture and landscaping of the park. Towards the end […]

State Law Doesn’t Always Count

July 23, 2010 0

California law gives employees many more rights and benefits than required under federal law. For example, in California accrued vacation pay is treated as wages and must be paid out upon termination. The  state of California makes this very clear on their website: “Vacation pay accrues (adds up) as it is earned, and cannot be forfeited, […]

Paid Family Leave: Leave “Leave” Out of It

July 21, 2010 1

Paid Family Leave (PFL) is one of the most misunderstood benefits in California.  Employees commonly think PFL is another protected leave, such as FMLA, CFRA or PDL (see below for the alphabet soup definitions), and many times you’ll hear employees say, “I’m going to take my PFL leave.” But PFL is not a leave; it’s […]

California Pregnancy Disability Leave May Be Changing

July 20, 2010 0

With the whole alphabet soup of employee leaves available today, it gets more and more difficult to sort everything out. Pregnancy Disability Leave, known commonly as PDL, can be one of the trickiest to administer.

A Guide to Handling Personal Holidays

July 19, 2010 0

Personal paid holidays are holidays given to employees and tied to specific events. For example, you might allow personal holidays celebrating an employee’s hire date anniversary, or perhaps a personal holiday to celebrate his/her birthday. You have the right to restrict the time frame when personal holidays can be taken. For example, it’s not uncommon […]

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