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  • Employees’ Biggest Office Offenses in the Modern Workplace January 23, 2020
    Office etiquette standards and views have evolved in today’s modern workplace. Some of what was considered inappropriate back then (casual dress and non-traditional piercings) is now acceptable, according to a recent Accountemps survey. Yet, bad language, pets and political décor continue to be employees’ biggest workplace offenses. Ninety-one percent of managers surveyed agreed that workplaces […]
    Vannessa Maravilla
  • Podcast Shares Questions Asked Most Often at Employment Law Updates Seminars January 22, 2020
    The California Chamber of Commerce employment law team has been on the road throughout January, conducting Employment Law Updates seminars and explaining changes that transpired over the previous year that impact workplace practices and policies. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts […]
  • New Joint Employer Rule under Fair Labor Standards Act January 21, 2020
    On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule updating its regulations regarding joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This new rule is scheduled to be effective on March 16, 2020. It updates and clarifies the circumstances in which an employee, under the FLSA, may have joint […]
    James W. Ward
  • New Form W-4, Tax Withholding Method January 16, 2020
    In December 2019, the IRS released its new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for 2020. Prompted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS made major revisions designed to make income tax withholding easier for employees, including changing the name from Employees’ Withholding Allowance Certificate. The new form no longer has withholding allowances, […]
    James W. Ward
  • Small Company Eyes Medical Leave Policies for Employee Handbook January 15, 2020
    We are a small company of 30 employees. Are we required to have a medical leave policy in our employee handbook? Many different types of medical leaves, both federal and state, may apply to an employee based on company size. Pregnancy Disability Leave In California, the Pregnancy Disability Leave law applies to you since you […]
  • CalChamber Renews Fight Against Five Job Killer Bills January 13, 2020
    The California Chamber of Commerce today announced it is continuing the battle against five job killer bills that are moving again as the 2020 legislative session begins. This includes two employment-related bills which would provide a new leave of absence and limit employers’ ability to maintain a safe workplace.  CalChamber’s full list of 2020 job […]
  • Your HR Recommendations Being Dismissed? Helpful Tips on What to Do January 9, 2020
    Human resources professionals often have some of the most difficult conversations in the workplace. Whether they need to mediate workplace conflict or craft policies that comply with state and federal laws, the advice HR professionals provide can be an invaluable asset to businesses. Sometimes, however, HR professionals can be perceived as simply wanting to ruin […]
  • Top Nine Blog Posts of 2019 January 8, 2020
    Although we are a few days into the new decade, let’s look back at the top HRWatchdog blog posts of 2019. They offer an overview of the most pressing questions HR professionals had in 2019 as well as the major updates and clarifications on confusing topics for California employers. 1. New Required Poster for California […]
    Katie Culliton
  • NLRB Restores Employers’ Right to Restrict Company Email Use January 6, 2020
    In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in Caesars Entertainment that barring the use of company email system for non-business purposes didn’t violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This decision largely restores the right for employers to restrict the use of company email for non-business purposes, reversing the 2014 Purple […]
    James W. Ward
  • 2020 IRS Mileage Rates January 3, 2020
    On December 31, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 57.5 […]
    James W. Ward