US Supreme Court Limits Arbitration

Steve Holden   January 15, 2019

Today the United States Supreme Court limited the use of arbitration for companies engaged in interstate transportation. The court reaffirmed that the Federal Arbitration Act (“Act”) and the federal courts’ authority to compel arbitration do not apply to employment agreements entered into by employees of companies engaged in interstate transportation. And, the court went further to rule that arbitration could not be compelled for independent contractors engaged in interstate transportation. […]



Admin   January 12, 2019

On January 1st the law regarding harassment prevention training expanded dramatically. Supervisor training that was previously applicable only to employers with 50 or more employees  is now mandated for all employers with five or more employees. Additionally, all employers with five or more employees must now perform specific training for non-supervisory employees. All employees must receive this interactive training before January 1, 2020. Thereafter, employees must receive the training at […]


Harassment Prevention Training is a Requirement for Every Employer

Steve Holden   January 10, 2019

Authored by Steve Holden. Published in the Sacramento Business Journal November 2018. At a recent presentation I made the statement “Harassment prevention training is a requirement for every employer in the State of California.” A seasoned human resource professional in the audience politely responded, “I think you may be wrong. The training is only required for employers with 50 or more employees.” Was I wrong? Would I be writing about […]


Minimum Wage Increases

Adrian Hoppes   December 21, 2018

Effective January 01, 2019, California’s minimum wage will increase one dollar per hour across California. For businesses with less than 25 employees minimum wage will rise from  $10.50 per hour to $11.00. For businesses employing 26 or more employees the minimum pay will go from $11.00 per hour to $12.00. In addition to your nonexempt, hourly staff getting raises, this also means that some exempt employees may get a raise […]


California Fires Continue to Spark the Need to Remain Compliant

Adrian Hoppes   December 5, 2018

Amid the personal chaos caused by the fires that have ravaged out state many business operations have also felt the impact, or will in the weeks and months to come. Our thoughts go out to any of our affected clients during this time of crisis. Below is valuable information if you are currently impacted by this disaster, for others, please take the time to review the list to proactively ensure […]


Are you ready? New legislation has dramatically expanded employer requirements for training.

Fara Elizalde   November 13, 2018

Can We Return to the Rules of Civility? A young George Washington copied some advice from an etiquette manual published by the French Jesuits in 1595. He named his list “Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation” and lived his life upholding these rules. Today, many of us wonder what happened to these basic rules of respect and courtesy such as “Every action done in Company, ought […]


Rolling the Dice with Independent Contractors

Steve Holden   November 11, 2018

Authored by Steve Holden. Published in the Sacramento Business Journal September 2018. To reduce expenses and obtain particular skills sets, employers often look to use independent contractors instead of employees.  While the strategy is logical, misclassification could create a very expensive nightmare and, in many instances the continued use of contractors, is simply a dicey gamble. The combination of a series of newer statutes, a dramatic Supreme Court opinion and […]


Employers, are you ready for November 6th?

Jennifer Kaiser   November 1, 2018

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt Voting is a privilege and a responsibility that every American is lucky enough to enjoy. It is important to protect the privilege and ensure that every citizen has the opportunity to participate in the process. California employers have […]