A Great Resource for California HR Professionals

September 28, 2011 0

For the past dozen years I’ve been a member of CalChamber. It costs around $400 or so yearly to join, depending on the level of membership, and it’s well worth it (Preferred Memberships start at $599.00+). As I’ve pointed out many times, California can be a tricky place to practice HR and it’s not getting […]

Volunteering at the SUPERFROG!

September 25, 2011 0

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the SUPERFROG Triathlon this past September 11, and it was an amazing event. For the non-triathletes out there, SUPERFROG is the oldest triathlon in the world, older even than the Hawaii Ironman. Founded in 1978, SUPERFROG was the answer to the news that John Collins (the founder of […]

Making the Move: Taking Your Business Out of California

August 28, 2011 2

Note: this was originally published in Working Girl: Exploring the Lighter Side of Human Capital Management, under the title “HR: Ready to Relocate?” In 2005, a company that had been located 38 years in the small town of El Cajon, California, made a decision to move out of state. It was a decision that rattled […]

Calculating Your Inside Salesperson Exempt Status

July 27, 2011 0

Determining if a salesperson is exempt or non-exempt in California comes down to these basic factors: 1) For outside salespersons, 50% of their time must be spent away from the business making sales calls. 2) For inside salespersons, their salary must be at least 1.5 times minimum wage, and at least 50% of their pay […]

A Sign of the Times

July 19, 2011 0

It’s that time of year in San Diego: time to shut down the business for a few days, shutter the windows, bar the doors, turn out the lights. Comic-Con is here. It’s nearly impossible to convey the impact this convention has on San Diego. In dollar terms, officials estimate the show brings in over $175 […]

California Health Care Crisis is Building

June 23, 2011 0

California’s budget trouble is quietly creating a crisis in health care. Along with many other cuts in various government services, including shutting down courts, the DMV, closing state parks, laying off teachers, and furloughing state workers, California has cut back on its health and human budget. Back on July 1, 2009, the state Medi-Cal program […]

Women: Want to earn more? Lose weight.

June 14, 2011 1

Well, someone had to do it. I’m talking about actually quantifying the relationship between how a woman looks and how much she gets paid. No one can seriously deny that fat people, especially women, are discriminated against in the workplace. The question was: how much does it cost them in dollars? Well, researchers Timothy A. […]

Mandatory Bereavement Leave To Become Law?

June 6, 2011 0

California employers may be on the hook for more leave time benefits. This time, it’s mandatory bereavement leave that is being pushed. The California state legislature is considering AB 325, which mandates up to 4 days of bereavement leave. The death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or domestic partner would qualify the […]

Check Those I-9’s!

June 5, 2011 0

Chipotle restaurants got into hot water a few months ago after audits by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) determined many of their workers were illegal. The restaurant chain, which boasts the slogan, “food with integrity,” was forced to fire hundreds of workers who had falsified documents, including false social security numbers and […]

Is PowerPoint Dying Out?

May 27, 2011 1

We HR pros are famous (infamous?) for the endless PowerPoint presentations we inflict upon staff. Many of these presentations (mine included, I’m afraid) are mind-numbing exercises more suitable to curing insomnia than anything else. Besides the common error of simply standing up and reading the slides to the audience, other errors that contribute to a […]

A Little Humor For Today

May 26, 2011 0

This little story is making the rounds on LinkedIn. In case you missed it, I’ve reposted it here: The HR Director A highly successful Human Resources Manager was tragically knocked down by a bus and killed. Her soul arrived at the Pearly Gates, where St. Peter welcomed her. “Before you get settled in,” he said, […]

The Letters Game

March 4, 2011 1

Ben Eubanks, in his latest HR Newsletter, answered the following question by a reader: “I just have a question I have no degrees just HR certs I have worked my way up to a Director. Has anyone out there not had a degree and got there SPHR or PHR and found it was just as […]

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