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Effective January 1, 2020, Oakland’s Minimum Wage rate will increase to $14.14 from $13.80 per hour. The minimum wage must be paid to employees who perform at least 2 hours of work in a particular workweek within Oakland, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees. #SmallBusinesses are you ready? For more information check out the City...
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:...
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...
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....
In my personal experience, most of America has a general dislike for attorneys even though most people agree that lawyers provide valuable information and are a great asset to your team. I think most people are Starting a business and running a business is no easy task. In addition to actually executing your craft, you...
In my personal experience, most of America has a general dislike for attorneys even though most people agree that lawyers provide valuable information and are a great asset to your team. I think most people are afraid of opening the door for an unsightly legal bill. However, legal services for business owners are just like...