AB-51 Signed into Law

On October 10, 2019, Governor Gavin Newson signed into law AB 51, which bans the use of mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts beginning on January 1, 2020. Previously, an employer was able to require employees and prospective employees to agree to arbitration to resolve almost any and all disputes between the employee and the

7 Reasons to Outsource HR

Most business owners agree that their employees are their most valuable assets. As such, managing human resources has become a critical role in managing a business. Yet for some businesses, the various functions of the HR department are too comprehensive and complex to maintain in-house. That said, in order to HR a senior HR professional
\With unemployment at an all-time low, employers are scrambling to find good employees and may be tempted to use short-cuts to fill their positions.  One short-cut decision that could come back to haunt an employer is to skip a criminal background check on your new-hires.  Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 adults in
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Several of our clients have recently asked, “how long do I need to retain documents in someone’s personnel file”? There is no set period of time that applies to all documents.  It is dependent on current laws or statutes.   Below is a table that PlatinumHR has created that shows the various documents, the governing body

California Minimum Wage

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the statewide minimum wage in California increased from $10.50 to $10.00 for employers with less than 25 employees and from $11 to $12 per hour for employers with more than 25 employees. This also impacts other wage and hour obligations, such as the minimum salary requirement for exempt employees, which increased to
The OSHA 300a log is part of a federal requirement concerning safety in the workplace. It is a form that must be filled out by employers and displayed in a visible area. The log records all applicable injuries or illnesses that occur in the workplace.  The types of injuries/illness that must be logged and reported
Final rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on employment-based wellness programs raise the maximum reward that may be offered by certain wellness programs and expand nondiscrimination protections for sick employees. The final rules under President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were issued May 29 and will be effective
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On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman were unconstitutional. In a 5-4 vote, the Court found that the provisions deprived “the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth
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Don’t Hold a Final Paycheck Hostage

Q: Is it legal to hold an employee’s final paycheck until uniforms, computers, tools, or other company property is returned?   A: I get this question quite often and the short answer is: NO! An employer may not withhold an employee’s final paycheck for any reason! If an employee is separated from employment, he/she must
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Unpaid “Internships” Might Be Illegal

Unpaid “Internships” Might be Illegal A common labor law violation is the use of unpaid “interns”. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states very clearly that that employers cannot pay an employee below minimum wage NOR can employees “waive” their rights under the FLSA. Employers cannot get around this by calling the work “volunteer” work
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