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14
Sep

What is pay transparency, and how does it help employers?

Sarah| PHR, SHRM-CP Pay transparency refers to sharing information about pay with applicants, employees, and possibly the entire world. While some states and localities require that employers include a pay range with job postings, many employers now choose to do this on their own to stay competitive. But pay transparency can be taken much further. Employers that really want to

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7
Sep

Question: We would like to give candidates a “thank you” for interviewing with us. Can we provide a monetary gift to candidates for interviewing?

Question: We would like to give candidates a “thank you” for interviewing with us. Can we provide a monetary gift to candidates for interviewing? Answer: Yes. You can give a candidate a thank you gift, monetary or otherwise, when they interview with you. We would recommend establishing a process for providing thank you gifts to ensure consistency and equity in determining who

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5
Sep

Federal DOL Announces Proposed Rule to Increase Exempt Employee Minimum Salaries

Federal Law Alert September 5th, 2023 Federal DOL Announces Proposed Rule to Increase Exempt Employee Minimum Salaries The federal Department of Labor (DOL) has finally announced the release of its proposed rule to increase the minimum salary required for certain employees to be classified as exempt from minimum wage and overtime. While we don’t usually report on proposed rules because they have a

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30
Aug

Labor Day Office Closure

Labor Day Office Closure               We will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023, in observance of Labor Day, along with the following carriers and administrators: Aetna Aflac AlphaStaff Ameritas Anthem Blue Cross BEST Life and Health Blue Shield of California CalCPA Camden Chinese Community Health Plan CHOICE Administrators (CaliforniaChoice and Choice Builder) Cigna CompNet Delta Dental

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24
Aug

California Minimum Wage Increase

State Law Alert July 31st, 2023 California Minimum Wage Increase On Monday, July 31, the California Department of Finance Director Joe Stephenshaw officially certified that beginning January 1, 2024, California’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 per hour to $16 per hour for all employers, regardless of size. Per California’s Labor Code, once the state’s minimum wage reaches $15 per hour — which

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18
Aug

Do we need to conduct an investigation if one of our employees has accused another employee of harassment at a non-work event?

Jenny | SPHR, SHRM-SCP Question: Do we need to conduct an investigation if one of our employees has accused another employee of harassment at a non-work event?                                     Answer: Absolutely. It is important to remember that not all interactions between employees take place

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11
Aug

Smart healthcare benefits can increase life expectancy by 12 years

Deanna Cuadra | August 3, 2023 | Employee Benefits News In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. life expectancy dropped by over two years to 76.4, the lowest it’s been in two decades. But Americans still have a shot at living longer, healthier lives than previous generations — especially if employers are willing to rethink their approach to healthcare. By 2040, the average

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9
Aug

What is intermittent leave under the FMLA, and when can employees use it?

Question: What is intermittent leave under the FMLA, and when can employees use it? Answer: Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent leave is leave taken in multiple blocks of time, each less than the employee’s full FMLA entitlement, for the same ongoing reason. Examples of intermittent leave include an employee taking a day each week for ongoing cancer treatments or a pregnant

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2
Aug

Connecting the dots so benefit initiatives work together

Lydia G. Jilek | July 20, 2023 Employers have focused significant time and energy over the last several years developing benefits programs for employees that support them in critical areas, but how many employees really understand them? And more importantly, how many people truly take advantage of them in the way they were intended? A thoughtfully designed benefits program will

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31
Jul

New Form I-9 and Remote Verification Procedure Rolled Out

Federal Law Alert July 26th, 2023 New Form I-9 and Remote Verification Procedure Rolled Out UPDATED FORM I-9 A new Form I-9 (Rev. 08/01/23) will be available for employers to use on or after August 1, 2023, and once released can be found on the USCIS website. Employers can also order paper copies if they don’t want to use the electronic version. The

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