Category: employment law

You are here: Home \ employment law
Did you know what Oakland’s Minimum Wage is increasing again on January 1, 2017? Are you ready? Listen up to find out what the new wage will be.
The holiday season is upon us again. The holidays are not only a time for families to come together, but people love to celebrate in the workplace as well. Since many holidays are religious-based, it’s important to know what your employee’s rights are when it comes to celebrating at work. Employer Responsibilities During the Holidays:...
I’m reminded every time I step into a store that the holidays are quickly approaching. Just yesterday I heard Christmas music at the grocery store…it was November 7th! All this music and fanfare reminded me that as employers, it is our responsibility to make sure that our employees feel supported during the holidays. Not only are we...
Yes, there are differences between employment agreements and contracts and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into with either one. The main difference between the two is that employment agreements reflect an at-will employment relationship; meaning the employer can fire the worker for any reason or no reason at all, as long as...
As a small business owner, who you choose to hire can make or break your business and creating a hiring process will save you time, money, and possibly your reputation. For this podcast I interviewed Valencia McDuffy, Sr. Human Resources Manager at DHL to see what advice she has for small business owners looking to hire...
If you are a restaurant owner or manager, you know just how challenging managing your employees can be.  There seem to be over a million laws to follow on top of hiring workers that may be with you for 2 year or a mere 2 days. In large part, restaurants and bars are easy targets for...
Hiring your first employee is a big milestone, but also comes with a lot of responsibilities. For starters, as an employer you are responsible for payroll taxes, carrying workers’ compensation insurance, and providing paid sick leave in California. Follow these 5 steps to get the process started right. 1. Create a Clear Job Description A...
I get questions all the time from employers and employees asking about workplace privacy issues. The employees want absolute privacy, and the employers say, “yeah, right!” What it comes down to is how carefully the privacy policies in the employment handbook are crafted. An employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy is directly tied to the expectation...
Now that you’ve decided it’s time to hire new employees, how do you go about interviewing potential candidates? With so many laws defining acceptable hiring practices, it can be confusing to know which questions are permissible and which questions are unlawful. Before you get started, check out Three Tips for Hiring Employees in the New...
As employers we are often excited for the summer months when students are looking for internships to fulfill some academic requirement. We’re thinking, “Great! Free labor!” But, is it really? Your interns must meet the definition of a “trainee” otherwise they will be deemed an employee and entitled to minimum wage for all work performed....