Webinar Today: Understanding Performance Appraisals

Webinar Today: Understanding Performance Appraisals

Performance appraisals are an important tool used in managing the performance of our employees. It provides an ability to measure performance and inform employees of their progress. Join us TODAY at noon for a complimentary webinar, Understanding Performance Appraisals. This webinar will provide an overview of appraisals and suggestions to get the most out of this [&hellip


Recruiting Temps & Contractors: How to Reduce Costs & Stay Compliant 

Recruiting Temps & Contractors: How to Reduce Costs & Stay Compliant 

According a recent study conducted by Oxford Economics, 83% of companies say they’re increasingly using temps and contractors ‒ at any time, on an ongoing basis. In fact, temporary and contract labor is one of the fastest growing line-items on corporate operating statements. Worldwide, companies will spend an estimated $300 billion dollars this year. For [&hellip


Federal and California Employment Laws: A Review

Federal and California Employment Laws: A Review

There is a saying in the California HR-world:  if you can manage human resources in California, you can manage human resources anywhere.  California has the most employment laws in the country and they continue to increase, year after year. This article provides a cursory overview of both California, and federal, employment laws. Federal Labor Laws [&hellip


The Gray Line Between Human Resources and Management

The Gray Line Between Human Resources and Management

Regardless of company size, industry or location, Human Resources plays a critical role in the success of any organization. Typically, “Human Resources” is defined as the department or individual within a company that is charged with recruiting and training the organization’s employees, and managing the requisite employment responsibilities. However, many human resource functions overlap with [&hellip


California’s Wage-and-Hour Laws: Making Sense of the Confusion

California’s Wage-and-Hour Laws: Making Sense of the Confusion

On July 6th, the Department of Labor issued its long-awaited proposal that would drastically change the current FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) regulations by raising the minimum salary of exempt employees. Under the current rule, in order to be considered exempt from overtime regulations, employees must earn at least $455 per week, or $23,660 per year. [&hellip


CPEhr Sponsors 7th Annual Information Security Summit

CPEhr Sponsors 7th Annual Information Security Summit

CPEhr recently sponsored and participated in the Seventh Annual Information Security Summit, hosted by ISSA. ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners.  It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members in the area of cyber-security. Wendy [&hellip


What the ACA Supreme Court Decision Means to Small Employers

What the ACA Supreme Court Decision Means to Small Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its highly anticipated verdict in King v. Burwel, approving subsidies for federally-established health exchanges. At stake was the interpretation of a few words used to explain that federal tax credits were reserved for individuals who bought insurance “through an exchange established by the state.” In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme [&hellip


California Workers’ Compensation Updates: A Free Webinar

California Workers’ Compensation Updates: A Free Webinar

California employers have endured a workers’ compensation roller-coaster over the past few years with dropping rates and rising rates, the passing of new regulations and the updating of old ones. Join us on July 30th for a complimentary webinar: California Workers’ Compensation Legislative and Regulatory Updates when we will bring you the latest legislative and regulatory [&hellip


Independent Contractors 101: Understanding the Basics

Independent Contractors 101: Understanding the Basics

In prior posts, we discussed the requirements of classifying employees as salary-exempt. In this post we review the guidelines of classifying a worker as an independent contractor (also known as freelancers, or 1099s). The financial benefits of hiring independent contractors can be substantial, but so are the risks of misclassification. The Pros of Hiring Independent Contractors, [&hellip


How to be an Effective Interviewer

How to be an Effective Interviewer

With unemployment at it’s lowest point since the beginning of the 2008 recession (it is currently holding at 5.4%) and one of the strongest job markets in the past 40 years, employers in 2015 are finding themselves on the wrong-end of the hiring equation. After years of high-unemployment, job cuts and an abundance of job [&hellip


Defining Salary-Exempt Employees, Part 2: The Administrative Exemption

Defining Salary-Exempt Employees, Part 2: The Administrative Exemption

In our last post we discussed the exemption test as it relates to Executive positions. In this article we cover the Administrative exemption, one of the harder categories for employers to justify. In a nutshell, the exemption is dependent upon how much authority and independence an individual has in their job. There are 5 criteria [&hellip


Defining Salary-Exempt Employees, Part 1: Executives

Defining Salary-Exempt Employees, Part 1: Executives

In 2014, President Obama instructed the Department of Labor and the Secretary of Labor to rewrite the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, specifically addressing and updating the definition of salary-exempt employee status.  The DOL has only updated the FLSA regulations twice in the last 40 years, most recently in 2004. In that year, it [&hellip


Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: An Employment Tightrope

Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: An Employment Tightrope

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled against the retail clothing giant  Abercrombie & Fitch stating they discriminated against a Muslim woman for wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab. In the almost unanimous 8-1 decision, the Court determined that Abercrombie’s decision not to hire the woman due to her wearing a hijab violated [&hellip


Summer is Here, and So Are the Interns. Is Your Business Ready?

Summer is Here, and So Are the Interns. Is Your Business Ready?

It’s the time of year when students start making summer plans, and landing a summer internship is high on many a priority list. An internship is not only a productive way to fill summer vacation; it is an important stepping stone to finding a job after graduation. But employers should be aware that hiring interns [&hellip


Exempt, Non-Exempt or Independent Contractor?

Exempt, Non-Exempt or Independent Contractor?

Class action and collective lawsuits involving Wage and Hour violations (FLSA) have been on the rise over the past decade. Some of these disputes result in multi-million dollar verdicts. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that approximately 70 percent of employers violate the FLSA’s classification requirements. Join us on Thursday, May 28th for a complimentary webinar: Exempt, Non-Exempt or [&hellip


The 9 Steps of Conducting a (Legal!) Workplace Investigation: The Final Chapter

The 9 Steps of Conducting a (Legal!) Workplace Investigation: The Final Chapter

This is our fourth and final installment of the Workplace Investigation series. In our previous posts we discussed the necessity of conducting a thorough – and legal – investigation, and the first part of the process. In this, our final post, we discuss the final 4 steps: 6. Assessing the Information 7. Making the Decision 8. Writing a [&hellip


The 9 Steps of Conducting a Legal Workplace Investigation, Part 3

The 9 Steps of Conducting a Legal Workplace Investigation, Part 3

Our last post covered the first three steps of the investigation process. They were: documenting the complaint or suspicion, determining any interim action, and selecting the investigator. This post discusses the next two, and most critical, steps of the process: preparing the materials and conducting the interviews. Step 4: Preparing the Materials Once the complaint [&hellip


The 9 Steps of Conducting a Legal Workplace Investigation, Part 2

The 9 Steps of Conducting a Legal Workplace Investigation, Part 2

In a previous post, we discussed the importance – the “Why”  – of conducting a comprehensive and legal workplace investigation. In this and subsequent posts we will detail the “What” – the nine steps that every thorough investigation should include. These nine steps are: Document the complaint or suspicion Determine any interim action Choose the [&hellip


April HR Webinar: Understanding the Generations

April HR Webinar: Understanding the Generations

Each month, CPEhr provides complimentary human resources training on a wide range of timely employment topics. Many of them qualify for 1.0 recertification credits. Recent webinars included anti-harassment training, conflict resolution, conducting workplace investigations and how to prevent unionization. This month we are proud to present: Understanding the Generations With up to four generations presently [&hellip


Employment Law Blog Carnival: The April Showers Edition

Employment Law Blog Carnival: The April Showers Edition

CPEhr is honored to be once-again hosting the monthly Employment Law Blog Carnival. In honor of Spring, we present the April Showers Edition. While most of the country could not be happier to finally say goodbye to winter, California unfortunately continues to uphold its name as the Sunshine State as it faces one of the driest [&hellip