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Imputed Income? Wait….What?!

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Generally speaking, imputing income is a process that is triggered by taxable, non-cash compensation. In English, that generally means a company paid benefit, other than cash. Imputed income is an animal of the IRS. Our tax friends needed a way of determining how to tax a service or benefit that employers provide for employees. Some services/benefits are considered exempt from taxes (such as the company …

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2017 Minimum Wage Changes – Are You Ready?

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As the new year dawns, your company goals might parallel your personal goals. Better health is a given. It’s a good time professionally to review your current business plan to see where your company’s financial health may need care. The changing of the calendar year also means the implementation of new laws that may impact the way you run your business. One of the top …

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Tis The Season…

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Tis the season to take a moment and celebrate with your team.  But, if you have a holiday celebration, onsite or offsite, dinner, cocktails or lunch – here are some tips to keep in mind. If you elect to provide alcohol, remember the company may be held legally liable for the behavior of attendees who drank at a company-sponsored event.  Driving isn’t the only danger – inappropriate behavior, …

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But Wait – I Only Have 3 Employees!

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General rule of thumb: an employer of one is the same as an employer of many. Yes, there are minimums for a number of labor laws – but the numbers might surprise you. Here are some of the big ticket items. If you have 1 employee, you must comply with: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – which governs basic minimum wage, overtime pay and …

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Sick Leave in the Land Of ‘la’

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July 1st will be a busy time. In addition to a number of minimum wage changes (see Wage Increases Are Upon Us), Los Angeles is enacting a sick leave ordinance.  A comparison of the LA and California state guidelines follow. Los Angeles California Eligibility:  all employees working 2 hours or more within the city of Los Angeles in any given week Must be employed with …

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Wage Increases Are Upon Us

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(Updated July 18, 2016) Los Angeles City, Berkeley, Emeryville, San Francisco, the county of Los Angeles – these are just a few of the California jurisdictions that have passed minimum wage increase ordinances. Here is a quick overview of the next eight months, and what happens, when: July 1, 2016 Effective Date El Cerrito, CA – $11.60 Emeryville, CA (56 or more employees) – $14.82 …

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Summer Internships–And The Living Is Easy, Or Is It?

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It’s that time of year again!  Our thoughts are turning to the outdoors, shorts, flip flops, long lazy days, vacations, afternoon naps, brilliantly warm weather, and of course, summer internships! Internships are a wonderful thing – they give an inquiring young mind the opportunity to experience a working environment, and they give the company access to fresh talent.  But beware – if your internships are …

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Happy 2016! Employer Year End To Do List

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It’s a new year, and I think our thoughts naturally turn to new beginnings. Resolutions (I’ve finally decided I am way too old for that, tried it, didn’t like it, not doing it again!); new projects; leaf turning. Time to start all those good behaviors, rev up the energy, clean things out, start fresh. But I actually think of this as a time to remember, …

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Finding the Right Person – the Best Interview Questions to Ask, and More

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Recently a new client came to me and said, “We‘re scaling, fast, and I hate interviewing.  I don’t know the right interview questions to ask, and actually, I don’t think I’m very good at it. How can we scale if I can’t find and select the right people?” Are you asking the standard questions and getting the standard answers? Do you spend too much time …

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California Amends Paid Sick Leave Law

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7/16/15 California’s new sick leave law (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) was just amended to clarify some points, and revise others.  The law was signed on July 13, 2015, and took effect immediately. What does this all mean for you and your team?  Read on. Who Is Eligible The original law said anyone who worked in California for 30 days or more in …

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