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Working employees ‘off the clock’ is risky

File this under being “penny-wise and pound-foolish” — trying to save a small amount of money on labor costs at the risk of losing much more. California’s high court delivered a sobering warning this summer to coffee giant Starbucks when justices unanimously ruled that workers must be paid for doing menial tasks, such as closing …

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California law now guards ‘salary

A new California law says you can’t ask, but it doesn’t say job applicants can’t tell. Beginning in January, California employers are prohibited from asking applicants what they made in the past and using that information to determine a salary offer. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, Assembly Bill 168 passed the Legislature last year …

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Newly promoted supervisors need ‘quick start’

As the year draws to a close, the focus of business owners and managers often shifts to workforce changes. The new year may see an expansion or reduction in business activities. Critical management employees may be retiring. These developments will require workplace adjustments. Notable among them is the promotion of existing line employees to supervisory …

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Leadership secrets of Santa help companies thrive

Likely you have already started seeing Christmas decorations in local stores. That is because the holidays are fast approaching and that means retailers are gearing up for their peak selling season. But it also means that companies in almost every industry are wrapping up their year and planning for 2018. This time of year is …

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Managing workers through change critical to success

Blaming unfavorable agricultural and commodity prices, as well as “tepid” crude oil prices, an iconic Kern County ranch this spring announced layoffs and a reorganization. Just a few days later, a local grower and food processor announced moves to streamline its operation and reorganize. By law, the grower-processor sent a letter to the Kern County …

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