Category Archives: Employment Laws

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


Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

It today’s complex employment environment, it is inevitable that a supervisor, manager or HR representative will have to conduct a workplace investigation. Simply stated, investigations are fact-finding missions.  Whether facts are known, or if there is merely a suspicion of wrong-doing,  managers must be able to prove their position with clear and specific facts before [&hellip


Employees, Independent Contractors and the On-Demand Economy

Employees, Independent Contractors and the On-Demand Economy

Two recent court rulings by a pair of San Francisco judges involving the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft may have far-reaching consequences for the “On-Demand” Economy. The immediate issue is whether drivers for these two companies can remain classified as independent contractors, or if they should be reclassified as employees, and thus entitled to all [&hellip


3 Key Practices to Avoid a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

3 Key Practices to Avoid a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Over the past two decades, great strides have been made against sexual harassment in the workplace. However,  one in four women still report they have experienced some form of workplace harassment, and that number skyrockets to 70%, or more, in certain industries (such as food-service and hospitality). Lawroom.com released its Litigation Scorecard for 2014, and [&hellip


How to Conduct Legal Investigations: A Free Webinar

How to Conduct Legal Investigations: A Free Webinar

It today’s complex employment environment, it is inevitable that at some point in their career, a supervisor, manager or HR representative will have to conduct a workplace investigation. A thorough investigation is instrumental in supporting legal employment decisions and can provide a formidable defense in the event of an employee lawsuit. However, to stand up to legal [&hellip


FMLA Redefines “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Partners

FMLA Redefines “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Partners

The Department of Labor announced last week that it officially amended the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by revising the definition of “spouse” to include same-sex partners. This change grants same sex couples the same FMLA rights and protections as heterosexual couples. The amendment to the FMLA extends to all 50 states – even those [&hellip


Paid Sick Leave: A Growing Trend on the State and Local Level

Paid Sick Leave: A Growing Trend on the State and Local Level

In 2013, a federal paid sick leave proposal was presented to Congress as part of the Health Families Act, but failed to garner enough votes to pass. However, sick leave once again gained national attention when President Obama voiced his plans during the recent State of the Union address to create a national paid sick [&hellip


New 2015 California Labor Laws

New 2015 California Labor Laws

Year after year, the California legislature works hard to maintain California’s undisputed title as the most complicated and least employer-friendly state in the country. California’s 2014-2015 legislative session ended on August 31, 2014, with Governor Jerry Brown signing more than a dozen important employment bills into law. In future posts we will review many of these [&hellip


CPEhr Releases Annual Report: 2015 Human Resources Updates

CPEhr Releases Annual Report: 2015 Human Resources Updates

As we close out 2014, we are proud to announce the release of our annual report, “2015 Human Resources Updates,” highlighting important employment law, health care reform and workers’ compensation developments impacting businesses in 2015. There were major forces at work this past year that have made the labor and employment landscape in 2015 more dynamic [&hellip


The Employment Law Blog Carnival: Black Friday Edition

The Employment Law Blog Carnival: Black Friday Edition

For some, the month of November evokes images of stuffed turkeys, football and multi-colored leaves clogging the gutters. However, apparently, more and more Americans see Thanksgiving weekend as less about being thankful, and more about getting great shopping deals. “The holiday that used to be known as Thanksgiving has become more of an early-bird shopping [&hellip


How to Be An Effective HR Department of One: HR.com Virtual Conference

How to Be An Effective HR Department of One: HR.com Virtual Conference

There are a vast number of federal and state laws that dictate how business is to be conducted. Employers in California know this all too well. California has the most employment laws of any state and this makes the position of Human Resources especially challenging. The size of a business will define which laws are [&hellip


Managing Difficult Employees, Part1: Understanding the Issues

Managing Difficult Employees, Part1: Understanding the Issues

Harmony in the workplace can sometimes seem like an unachievable utopia. A competitive global business environment, demanding productivity deadlines, multicultural communication issues, and diverse personalities can all combine to create a potentially stressful and difficult work environment. Amidst all these contributing dynamics, one factor stands out as a key challenge working towards creating a positive [&hellip


Free HR Webinar: Conflict Resolution

Free HR Webinar: Conflict Resolution

Registration is now open for our monthly webinar series. The October topic:  Conflict Resolution.   Conflict at work is an inevitable truth. At times, it may be healthy and creative. However, more often than not, conflict is disruptive and blocks the ability of individuals and teams to work together.  A key management skill is knowing [&hellip


California’s Newest Employment Law: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for all Workers

California’s Newest Employment Law: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for all Workers

Big news came out of Sacramento yesterday as California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 into law. AB 1522, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires all California-based employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid sick leave per year, beginning on July 1, 2015. The [&hellip


38 Ways to Create a Positive – and Union-Free – Workplace

38 Ways to Create a Positive – and Union-Free – Workplace

In our prior posts, we covered the history of unions, the trouble organized labor can have in the workplace, and the negative influence they can have on your employees. In this, our final post of the series, we turn to the brighter-side of business. What can you do to create a happy, positive work-environment that will [&hellip


Unions in the Workplace, Part 2: Is Your Business Vulnerable?

Unions in the Workplace, Part 2: Is Your Business Vulnerable?

In our last post we briefly reviewed the history of organized labor and the impact unions can have on a business. In this article, our second of a three-part series, we discuss the underlying vulnerability and fear of unions expressed by many employers: the recognition that an atmosphere of discontent amongst their employees may lead [&hellip


Labor Union Challenges, Part 1

Labor Union Challenges, Part 1

Unions and unionization are terms that evoke images of striking employees, picket lines and contract negotiations, sending ripples of fear through management. While unions served an important role in the past, today they are big business. And as is true with all big businesses, there is always a push to increase market share, despite damage [&hellip


4 Steps to Combat Workplace Discrimination

4 Steps to Combat Workplace Discrimination

Despite years of educational campaigns, new laws and government enforcement, workplace discrimination litigation is still hovering at historical highs. The U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) maintains detailed litigation data in its “Charge Statistics” report, which is released annually. In 2013, the EEOC recorded 93,272 discrimination charges brought against employers. The good news is that this [&hellip


Workplace Communication Part 2: Best Practices

Workplace Communication Part 2: Best Practices

In our last post,  we discussed the importance of being an effective communicator, basic communication principles and the benefits of good communication in the workplace. In this post, we delve into more communication best-practices. Be objective and factual Unfortunately, people today use language in a sloppy way.  They say what they mean rather than taking [&hellip


Record Keeping Best Practices – A Quick Guide

Record Keeping Best Practices – A Quick Guide

Accurate record keeping plays an important role in every company. At the least, employers can be more effective managing human resources policies. At the most, it can protect an employer from potential lawsuits, fines and penalties. Here is a quick review of the 8 most important documents – what they are and for how long they [&hellip