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We continually update our state and national regulatory analysis to help you stay current with changing regulations.

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Calculators:
A valuable metric for human resources and management alike, turnover provides information that can be used to identify retention issues before key employees seek other employment.
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Guidance:
The Department of Labor (DOL) has created a six-point test to determine whether an intern in a private-sector job may work without pay, and local court rulings come into play as well. Use this on-demand webinar to learn best practices on how to bring interns on board for mutual benefit, and how to avoid the legal pitfalls that could result in costly lawsuits.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has created a six-point test to determine whether an intern in a private-sector job may work without pay, and local court rulings come into play as well. Use this on-demand webinar to learn best practices on how to bring interns on board for mutual benefit, and how to avoid the legal pitfalls that could result in costly lawsuits.
Use this informative on-demand webinar led by seasoned HR consultant Barbara Mitchell. She’ll provide you with strategies for managing HR’s role in the process of determining which benefit plans and related policies will stay, which will go, and which may become more of a hybrid model born out of each company’s existing benefit plan structure. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to handle employee communications with ease during the transition.
Use this informative on-demand webinar led by seasoned HR consultant Barbara Mitchell. She’ll provide you with strategies for managing HR’s role in the process of determining which benefit plans and related policies will stay, which will go, and which may become more of a hybrid model born out of each company’s existing benefit plan structure. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to handle employee communications with ease during the transition.
Whether you want to reward performance, longevity, knowledge, skills, or competencies, determining pay grades is the first step to creating an internally equitable, market competitive compensation system. Use this on-demand webinar to learn how to create an equitable and competitive compensation system to attract and retain the best employees.
Whether you want to reward performance, longevity, knowledge, skills, or competencies, determining pay grades is the first step to creating an internally equitable, market competitive compensation system. Use this on-demand webinar to learn how to create an equitable and competitive compensation system to attract and retain the best employees.
Minimum wage rates vary from state to state. This chart identifies the 2017 minimum wage for all 50 states as well as the federal minimum wage.
Don’t assume you’re up to date on the applicable California rules concerning whether travel, on-call, reporting time, and more is compensable. Learn more with this all-new webinar on-demand where Attorney Cathleen Yonahara of San Francisco’s Freeland Cooper & Foreman will walk you through the unique (and complicated) rules you must follow.
Use this on-demand webinar when John Rubino, an expert in compensation management, will walk through the different pay increase options available (including the difference between cost-of-living increases versus pay-for-performance), how they differ, and which one might be right for your organization.
Use this on-demand webinar when John Rubino, an expert in compensation management, will walk through the different pay increase options available (including the difference between cost-of-living increases versus pay-for-performance), how they differ, and which one might be right for your organization.
Use this on-demand webinar to learn how the recent developments related to paid sick leave affect your daily operations and workplace policies, best practices for administering PTO—from accurately accounting for partial day absences to instituting vacation time caps—and how to identify other policies that could be affected by mandatory paid sick leave. Attorney Susan Fentin will also take your specific questions so you can tackle 2017 leave management with confidence.
Use this on-demand webinar to learn how the recent developments related to paid sick leave affect your daily operations and workplace policies, best practices for administering PTO—from accurately accounting for partial day absences to instituting vacation time caps—and how to identify other policies that could be affected by mandatory paid sick leave. Attorney Susan Fentin will also take your specific questions so you can tackle 2017 leave management with confidence.
What are the pros and cons of self-funded health plans, and how can you ensure that you’re administering yours in a legally compliant manner? Use this in-depth on-demand webinar featuring employee benefits attorney John Hickman and Karl Ahlrichs, a SPHR consultant with Gregory & Appel, to find out.
What are the pros and cons of self-funded health plans, and how can you ensure that you’re administering yours in a legally compliant manner? Use this in-depth on-demand webinar featuring employee benefits attorney John Hickman and Karl Ahlrichs, a SPHR consultant with Gregory & Appel, to find out.
Don’t risk making this costly, yet extremely common mistake. Use this in-depth on-demand webinar led by California employment law attorney Danielle Garcia. She will discuss the difference in worker classification, ways to avoid or correct misclassifications, and stop audits from the DLSE in their tracks.
Don’t risk making this costly, yet extremely common mistake. Use this in-depth on-demand webinar led by California employment law attorney Danielle Garcia. She will discuss the difference in worker classification, ways to avoid or correct misclassifications, and stop audits from the DLSE in their tracks.
Don’t assume you’re up to date on the applicable California rules concerning whether travel, on-call, reporting time, and more is compensable. Learn more with this all-new webinar on-demand where Attorney Cathleen Yonahara of San Francisco’s Freeland Cooper & Foreman will walk you through the unique (and complicated) rules you must follow.
Job Descriptions:
Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.
Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.
Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.
Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.
Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.
Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.
Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.
White Papers:
In today’s world, each individual must take charge of his or her own retirement. Still, there are many ways you can provide support. Are you doing all you can to help your team members win the retirement game? While getting employees to increase retirement contributions is one way, another is to help them manage their day-to-day finances.
The ways employees are paid continue to evolve. Here’s a roundup of a few of the latest changes and challenges shaping compensation policy nationwide, and perhaps right in your office.
The pursuit of the right talent continues to be highly competitive and, according to the latest research from PayScale, that pursuit is shaping compensation programs and strategies. In fact, PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) reveals a shift in strategy, as well as a gap between the perceptions of employees and employers with regard to pay.
As national leaders debate ways to tackle health care troubles, employers may need to get creative in helping employees afford the health care they need. One way they can do that is by offering supplemental benefits.
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