Ban the Box Laws

Found a great candidate … with a blemish on their criminal record.  Giving them a lifeline is the right thing to do, and the law. Both California’s statewide law, and LA’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), are in response to the Ban the Box movement that has been

Salary History – Just Say No

So, how much do you want? Well, how much is the job? Well, how much do you want? Age old questions when you are sitting across from a candidate. You don’t want to pay more than is required, and the candidate wants to be paid as much salary as possible.

But Wait – I Only Have 3 Employees!

Yes there are minimums – but the numbers might surprise you.   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

Transgender Regulations

07/01/2017 New regulations address protections related to gender identity The California Office of Administrative Law just approved new regulations which expand existing protections under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Specifically the regulations address protections related to gender identity, and are effective July 1, 2017: Gender expression is defined

Summer Internships

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

Finding the Right Person

The Best Interview Questions to Ask, and More. 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

Employment Insurance

All employers (no matter how small) are required to maintain this coverage for all employees.   The cost of employees extends beyond salary.  There are a number of insurance plans required by law, including Unemployment Insurance, Worker’s Compensation Insurance and Disability Insurance.  All employers (no matter how small) are required

Employment Status

Employment status is the single greatest area of exposure for employers Independent contractor, temp, regular employee, full time, part time – what does it all mean, and when do I have to pay overtime? Employment status (also known as classification) is the single greatest area of exposure for employers, large

California Overtime

When does overtime kick in, what about lunches and breaks? Determining when an employee is eligible for overtime in California can be a complex process. However, once you know they are eligible for overtime pay, how do you calculate it, when does it kick in, what about lunches and breaks?