August 2023

Four Common Problems in Employment Manuals

Every HR professional struggles, sweats, and possibly rips their hair out (if they have any) over what to put into an employment manual and how best to minimize litigation for their company in the future. Worrying exclusively about liability rather than practicality, however, can lead to significant concerns. Here are some common issues with employment […]

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Holidays Can Be Stressful, But Your Holiday Policy Shouldn’t Be

Holidays mean time off from work to celebrate with family and friends. But for many people, the holidays are filled with tension. Although holidays themselves can be exhausting and stressful, your holiday policy should provide a sense of clarity and relief—not anxiety. Which Holidays to Observe? Under federal law, employers aren’t required to give their

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Should Companies Require Workers to Take Time Off?

Aside from the lucky few who truly love their jobs, most people would prefer to be spending time away from work when possible. It’s somewhat counterintuitive, therefore, that Americans spend so much time at work, even when they have PTO available. Employees Leaving PTO on the Table “People were already working long hours before the

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California’s 2024 Minimum Wage Increases to $16 Per Hour

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 already has occurred, as

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Stop in the Name of Love! Unwise to Prohibit Workplace Harassment Discussions?

Q:      We had to fire an employee after a sexual harassment investigation. The fired employee was dating one of our managers, and now she’s asking all female employees to tell her who reported the harassment. Many employees are uncomfortable with the questions, but the manager won’t let it go. Can we prohibit all employees from discussing

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