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 […]

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.

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Quick Guide to the Tangled Web of Leaves

August 24, 2010 2

Since the beginning of Kim’s HR Potpourri I’ve concentrated mostly on explaining and untangling the convoluted leave situation, especially for California. Well, I finally broke down and made a cheat-sheet to help out. Here’s my downloadable “Quick Guide to California and Federal Leaves.” Feel free to share!

Yeah, You Got Me Again, California…

August 5, 2010 2

A “Gotcha” moment hit me this week, and it concerned something I learned about HSAs Health Savings Accounts. As most people know, money contributed to a HSA is not taxed. It does not count as income. The money grows tax-free and withdrawals used for qualified medical expenses are not taxed either. This is how HSAs […]

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, […]

What You Need to Know About Floating Holidays

July 15, 2010 17

Floating holidays are a popular benefit with employees, but to avoid problems there are a few things you should know. First, floating holidays are used at an employee’s discretion during the year. They are not tied to any specific event, such as hire anniversary dates or birthdays. In the absence of any specific policy, the […]