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Insights on HR, Labor Law, Insurance, Payroll Software, and Employee Benefits Programs

Here, you’ll find our latest blog posts covering HR best practices, labor laws, insurance, the best comprehensive payroll and human capital management software solutions and other thoughts on employee management, including what to look for in employee benefits programs and more.

Aug 11, 2020

Understanding At-Will Employment

“At-will” employment is a common-law rule stating that the relationship between employer and employee may be terminated ..
Apr 01, 2020

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Includes Small Business Loan Programs

March 27, the United States House of Representatives passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act” or..
Mar 20, 2020

New Coronavirus Relief Laws

Overview: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress enacted a bill providing various forms of relief,..
Mar 16, 2020

Guide to Remote Work during COVID-19

In a time where (hopefully) all companies are switching to remote working, most workers do not know how to make the chan..
Mar 05, 2020

What You Need to Know Before Disciplining or Terminating an Employee

The prospect of corrective action or termination makes a lot of managers nervous. That’s understandable. For employees, ..
Feb 07, 2020

New Form I-9 Released

On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9. The form is..
Jan 14, 2020

Minimum Wage Increase Notice

We recognize that it can be very challenging for business to stay up to date regarding the minimum wage ordinance that ..
Jan 09, 2020

New 2020 Salary Levels: Bonus & Incentive Payments & Commissions All Rising

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revealed a final ruling on Overtime "White Collar" exemptions. These regulations were..
Dec 11, 2019

An Update on California Carriers and the Individual Mandate

All California health insurers are now offering a one-time Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Californians who need qua..
Dec 04, 2019

How to Choose the Right Payroll Software for Your Company

Payroll management is a difficult thing. A simple error can have profound effects down the line. That is why it is neces..
Nov 18, 2019

The Key to Better Hiring: Be Honest About Compensation

The Key to Better Hiring: Be Honest About Compensation When you’re hiring for a position, you’re making an important bus..
Nov 11, 2019

What to Do When ICE Visits Your Company

What to Do When ICE Visits Your Company What are employers required to do if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (IC..
Oct 31, 2019

Important Steps Employers Must Take To Ensure Air Quality Standards Are Met

With wildfire season upon our state, employers may not be aware that they are responsible to monitor the air quality of ..
Oct 25, 2019

Employee Turnover Can Be An Opportunity For Growth

Employee Turnover can be an Opportunity for Growth All businesses experience turnover, and how you deal with that turnov..
Oct 17, 2019

[Video] DOL Issues New Overtime Rule

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new final rule that updates the salary thresholds that..
Oct 09, 2019

5 Common Payroll Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Nobody likes mistakes, but they happen anyway. 
Oct 01, 2019

The Importance of Workplace Conversations

The Importance of Workplace Conversations Once upon a time, there were very few ways to effectively communicate.
Sep 26, 2019

CA Paid Family Leave Program Expands   from 6 to 8 Weeks

As of July 2020, California will expand state benefits available to workers who lose wages while taking time off to care..
Sep 19, 2019

No One Cares How Long You've Been In Business

This may be hard to imagine, but people are not choosing your company, product, or service because you’ve been in busine..
Aug 29, 2019

3 Hiring Mistakes That Can Cost You

3 Hiring Mistakes That Can Cost You Many job seekers sell themselves short by giving up on a position before even apply..
Aug 01, 2019

Your Secret to Business Success: Workforce Planning

You already know that strategic planning and succession planning are important components to your business success. But ..
Jul 25, 2019

High Turnover? It’s Time to Rethink Your Management Strategy

If you’re hiring the wrong people, you may find it necessary to micromanage their every move.
Jul 18, 2019

Employee Background Checks: Dos and Don’ts

Employee background checks can be an important part of the hiring process. Not only do they help you hire the right peop..
Jul 11, 2019

When Dealing with Overtime, it Pays to Know the Rules.

If your employees are willing to go the extra mile, you’ll want to make sure they are rewarded accordingly. Doing so cou..
Jun 27, 2019

Getting Remote to Work

If you are looking for ways to expand your new talent pool and make your current and future employees happy, offering re..
Jun 20, 2019

How to Make Employee Recruitment a Whole Lot Easier

When a position opens up in your organization, what’s your first reaction? For many recruiters and HR teams, it’s an ext..
Jun 13, 2019

Are Your Employees Struggling? It Could Be Your Fault

It’s not just bad employees who don’t succeed. Sometimes, even your best hires aren’t performing to the level you want a..
Jun 06, 2019

Flexible Schedules and Remote Work: What Employers Need to Know

It’s no secret that today’s employees value flexibility. If your company hasn’t looked into ways to attract and retain t..
May 30, 2019

Is Focusing on Compliance the Secret to Becoming an Employer of Choice?

Some businesses think that compliance is all about following rules and staying out of trouble. But smart companies know ..
May 23, 2019

How to Proactively Manage Your Business Risk

Knowing what risks and exposures your business faces is a good start to building a solid risk management strategy. But j..
May 16, 2019

3 Strategies for More Effective Meetings

Raise your hand if you love sitting in meetings! Anyone? Hello?
May 09, 2019

Want to Avoid Wage and Hour Violations? Get Your Overtime Right.

Depending on the type of business you’re running and the kind of work your employees are doing, it can be difficult to m..
May 06, 2019

Got Workflow Challenges? Look for an All-In-One HCM System

We work with a lot of small businesses, many of which are struggling with very similar challenges. Depending on your siz..
May 02, 2019

Why it’s Getting Harder to Recruit and Retain Quality Employees

The human resources talent acquisition dynamics are changing, and employers are working harder than ever to find and hir..
Apr 25, 2019

Want to be an Employer of Choice? Start with Your Benefits Plan

Providing health benefits for your team is expensive. So is constant employee turnover.
Apr 18, 2019

It’s Time to Change How You Think About Workplace Safety

As we head to work each day, our minds are often occupied with things we’re going to do after our shift ends. Stop by th..
Apr 11, 2019

Here’s Why You Need an Employee Handbook

You know it’s important for businesses to have an employee handbook, but you may be wondering how having one in place ca..
Apr 04, 2019

New California Family Rights Act Notice

Under the California Family Rights Act of 1993 (CFRA), if you have more than 12 months of service with us and have worke..
Apr 04, 2019

How to Avoid Expensive Payroll Mistakes

Managing payroll correctly is a critical part of doing business, especially for small to mid-sized companies. Fewer empl..
Mar 29, 2019

Here’s What Your Employees REALLY Need: A Break

You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you expect the same of your employees. But at some point, hard work can bec..
Mar 28, 2019

Do You Know the Risks Facing Your Business?

There’s a well-known story that Microsoft started out as two guys building software in a garage. Whether or not this is ..
Mar 21, 2019

Hey Micromanagers! It’s Time to Change Your Ways.

Do you excel at providing tasks, parameters, and instructions, but insist on hovering over every part of the process? Yo..
Mar 14, 2019

Why You Should Help Your Employees Get More Sleep

You may be wondering what sleep has to do with workplace productivity. The answer is pretty much everything.
Mar 07, 2019

Team Recognition: It Matters More Than You Might Think

One of the best things about being on a team is the camaraderie that comes with working really hard together, and then c..
Feb 28, 2019

How to Make Remote Work Actually Work

Work at home options are becoming more and more popular with employees, but are these arrangements good for employers?
Feb 21, 2019

Misclassifying Employees: An Expensive Wage and Hour Mistake

With sexual harassment cases getting a lot of media attention, it might seem like that is your company’s biggest liabili..
Feb 14, 2019

Have You Done Your Succession Planning Yet? Here’s Why You Should

When you’re busy running your business, succession planning can often take a back seat to other, more time sensitive tas..
Feb 05, 2019

Do You Understand Your Brand?

Someone in your organization has probably spent a lot of time thinking about the company brand. Perhaps there has also b..
Jan 29, 2019

The Surprising Key to a Great Sales Team

Having a team of successful salespeople can do wonders for your business, just as having a team of lifeless salespeople ..
Jan 22, 2019

Performance Management Made Easy

Would you like to see your managers lead their teams more effectively, your employees more engaged in their work, and ev..
Jan 17, 2019

Is Your Fancy Technology Actually Holding You Back?

Technology is an amazing tool, especially when it comes to communication. It can make us faster, more accurate, and more..
Jan 10, 2019

If Your Clients Want Stuff for Free, You Could Be to Blame

Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for?” Many of today’s clients aren’t buying in. Instead, the current cust..
Jan 08, 2019

Decreasing Employee Engagement? Check Your Company Culture

Companies with great cultures have higher levels of engagement. And companies with high levels of engagement have happie..
Jan 03, 2019

3 Ways to Deal with Change in Your Business

They say the only constant in life is change. And like most clever sayings, this one is also very true. Especially when ..
Dec 20, 2018

Why You Need to Update Your Job Descriptions

Great job descriptions can perform several important HR functions for your business. When written correctly, they can pr..
Dec 18, 2018

Want Better Meetings? Here’s How to Do It

When it comes to your business, it’s important to constantly examine key behaviors to see which ones are serving a purpo..
Dec 13, 2018

Should You Be a Pet-friendly Business? Things to Consider.

Everyone loves a cute little puppy, but is bringing Spot to work taking it too far? Can pets in the office be too much o..
Dec 11, 2018

Organizational Change: Is it an Uphill Battle or a Fun Ride?

What do you think when you see this sign?
Dec 06, 2018

How to Motivate Your Team Through Employee Benefits

If you’re introducing a new initiative in your company, you understand the significance of getting your team onboard. Af..
Dec 04, 2018

Finding the Time to Do What Matters

We all have things we say we’d like to do, but just can’t seem to find the time for. Some of them are merely ideas, some..
Nov 29, 2018

Tips for Effective Employee Surveys

When done well, employee surveys can gather important feedback and information quickly, efficiently, and anonymously.
Nov 27, 2018

Providing Great Client Service: It’s All About the Why

Providing great client service is a claim that nearly every business makes.
Nov 20, 2018

How Is Your Written Immigration Compliance Policy Looking?

 What Just Happened? During the week of July 16, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security In..
Nov 15, 2018

Cal/OSHA Issues Emergency Work-Related Injury Recordkeeping Regulation 

In an effort to ensure compliance, an emergency Record Keeping Regulation has been issued to bring Cal/OSHA in line wit..
Nov 13, 2018

Dealing With Employee Turnover

Separation. Termination. Departure. No matter what you call it, the fact remains the same: People on your team will come..
Nov 08, 2018

Does Your Business Need Key Person/Executive Insurance?

Many businesses have one or two people who are the glue that holds everything together. It could be the founder, owner, ..
Nov 06, 2018


Almost all California employers are exposed to the risk of inspections and citations for violation of Cal/OSHA regulatio..
Nov 02, 2018

Who is Driving Your Business?

Business is all about competition, but the question you need to ask yourself is:
Nov 01, 2018

Have You Mentored an Employee Today? Here’s Why You Should.

Think back over your life. Is there someone who helped you become the person you are today? Someone who saw your potenti..
Oct 31, 2018

10 Steps to Increase Employee Retention

As business becomes more and more competitive, simply filling open positions isn’t enough.
Oct 25, 2018

Do You Have a Communication Storm Brewing?

There’s plenty of evidence that communication can make or break a company’s reputation. Social media storms can quickly ..
Oct 22, 2018

The Secret to Recruiting and Retaining Talent: Employee Benefits

To be a successful business, you need to be able to find and keep great talent. But depending on who you’re looking to h..
Oct 18, 2018

Great Leadership Means Following Through

Have you ever watched a truly great athlete swing a bat, complete a pass, or sink a sweet jumper? If so, you’ll notice t..
Oct 16, 2018

Data Breaches and Identity Theft: What You Need to Know

You hear about these things all the time, but what’s the real risk? What are the consequences if it happens to you or yo..
Oct 11, 2018

Are Your Employees Struggling? Maybe it’s You.

Employers work hard to offer great benefits, flexible schedules, and a fantastic working environment so they can attract..
Oct 09, 2018

What do Employees Want? Flexibility

Every organization has its own unique structure, priorities, and requirements, but when is the last time you took a good..
Oct 04, 2018

Do Your Employees Take Orders or Do They Take Ownership?

They say it’s better to have one person working with you than to have three people working for you. And while working fo..
Oct 02, 2018

Is This Content Worth Reading? Three Ways to Tell.

These days, it seems like everyone is swimming in content. Every time you log in, check email, or go online, there is a ..
Sep 28, 2018

Employee Engagement and Your Bottom Line

Just what is employee engagement, anyway?
Sep 25, 2018

Cut Your Risk for Costly Claims

Wage and hour claims are a big headache. And a big deal. And a really big expense.
Sep 20, 2018

Should You Say Yes to Pets at Work?

 When it comes to animal-friendly offices, the answer depends on who you ask. But one thing we can all agree on is that ..
Sep 18, 2018

Improving Your Business With Limited Resources: It Can Be Done!

No matter what kind of organization you’re running, chances are you’re facing the same critical challenge— lack of time,..
Sep 13, 2018

What’s Better Than Working Hard? Working Smart.

Do you or your employees feel exhausted from having too much going on? Does it ever feel like there’s so much to do, and..
Sep 11, 2018

Investing in Your Employees: It Pays Off

You might think you don’t need to invest in training and development, especially when it comes to the basic office progr..
Sep 06, 2018

Tips for Better Presentations: What Not to Do

Many of us give presentations regularly as part of our work lives. We deliver them in staff meetings, employee meetings,..
Sep 04, 2018

What to Do About Election Day: An Employer's Guide

Election Day is right around the corner, so California employers need to be aware of their obligations toward their empl..
Aug 30, 2018

Finding New Employees May Be Easier Than You Think

Recruiting new employees can be challenging. If you’re constantly hiring, you’ve got to build a talent pipeline and keep..
Aug 28, 2018

Not All Turnover is Bad: When Not to Worry

We spend a lot of time cursing the ill effects of turnover. It’s disruptive. It’s expensive. It’s a sign of poor company..
Aug 24, 2018

Increase Employee Engagement By Showing Them Why They Should Care

Everybody wants their employees to be more engaged. But too often the question remains: Engaged to what?
Aug 21, 2018

Want Better Employee Communication? 4 Things to Consider

Effective communication is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. Add in diverse workforces, remote teams, and th..
Aug 16, 2018

The Missing Ingredient in Your Employee Wellness Program

Many companies have instituted employee wellness programs. But employees are still stressed out, and perhaps more than e..
Aug 14, 2018

Do Customers Only Care About Price?

Many business owners are convinced that all customers care about is price. They assume that if there are two options ava..
Aug 09, 2018

Are Your Outdated Processes Hurting Your Business?

As a business owner, you may think the processes you’ve always used are continuing to deliver the best results. But what..
Aug 07, 2018

One Thing Your Best Employees Want

Not every employee on your team is interested in taking on more responsibility, moving up the ladder, or even learning n..
Aug 02, 2018

Are You Using Your HR Policies Strategically?

Are your HR policies merely a list of rules to be enforced? Or are they designed to foster a positive company culture th..
Jul 24, 2018

Organizational Change: How to Flip Your Thinking

Perhaps you made it where you are today by doing certain things in a certain way, then replicating those same processes ..
Jul 17, 2018

The High Cost of Presenteeism and What You Can Do

Just because an employee is physically in the office doesn’t mean that person is actively contributing. Not only that, b..
Jul 13, 2018

Things You Should Know About STRESS

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? And what can you do about..
Jul 12, 2018

Employee Communication: How to Do it Right

Good communication shows your employees that value them and that you care. Poor communication can leave them feeling con..
Jul 10, 2018

Are You Managing Your Team or Leading It?

The kind of talent you want in your company isn’t interested in being managed to death. What they really want is to be l..
Jun 13, 2018

What’s Wrong With This Relationship?

  Your work life and your love life are totally different, right?
Jun 12, 2018

Why Workplace Stress is Bad for Business

We all know stress has negative effects on individual health. But stressed out employees can have a huge impact on the h..
Jun 05, 2018

Are Your Employees Leaving Your Company or Your Leadership?

Good employees are hard to find, and great employees are even harder to come by. When one of them leaves, it hurts. And ..
May 29, 2018

Why HR Functions are Critical to Your Business

When it comes to organizational efficiency, there’s a lot of talk about running lean. And while re-evaluating your proce..
May 22, 2018

Are Your Webinars Boring? Tips for Online Presentations

Hosting a webinar is an easy and efficient way to transfer information, conduct training sessions, and encourage constan..
May 17, 2018

How to Build a Solid Team

Finding and hiring the right people is integral to the success of your organization. But no matter how capable each staf..
May 15, 2018

An Rx for Great Leadership

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic pill that could enhance leadership performance? Imagine a one-dose-wonder that..
May 10, 2018

Ways to Increase Employee Benefits and Retention

Employees are the fuel that runs your business. If you want your company to be successful, it’s not enough to simply be ..
May 09, 2018

New Opinion Letter on how employees without "normal working hours" should be compensated for travel time.

On April 12, 2018, the United States Department of Labor issued opinion letters that provide guidance on how employees w..
May 04, 2018

Worried About DOL Audits? Get PAID--May HR Brief

Worried About DOL Audits? Get PAID.
May 03, 2018

How to Create Effective Employee Policy

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone just knew how to behave in a workplace setting? Imagine everything running smoothly and..
Apr 30, 2018

Here’s What Job Seekers Care About

In today’s recruiting market, it’s becoming harder and harder to get and keep top talent. But if you’ve got what candida..
Apr 19, 2018

New Cal/OSHA Compliance Rule for California Hotel, Motel and B&B

California hotel, motel and bed and breakfast employers are faced with a new Cal/OSHA compliance rule, which takes effec..
Apr 17, 2018

How to Assess Your Company Culture

Creating an environment where employees are happy to be working, enjoy their jobs, and feel like they’re part of a team ..
Apr 17, 2018

HR Strategies: Do You Still Need to Be Doing These 2 Things?

Company Culture. Employee Engagement. Managing Millennials. These topics have been getting a lot of press, and with good..
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