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Recently I had the opportunity to interview Nolan Bushnell and Jason Crawford, co-founders of Modal Systems, a LA based virtual reality start-up company.  Nolan is a serial entrepreneur who has founded many companies, but you probably recognize Atari and Chuck E. Cheese as his most notable.  My full interview is available on iTunes here. The most notable lessons for entrepreneurs from the interview: 1. Leaders are always learning. I had an outline of issues…
Employers should remember to take time to review their employee documentation, retention policies, and how this information is being saved on a periodic basis.  Beginning 2019 it is a great time to review these items to ensure compliance with the law and to make the best defense against litigation.  The first article in this series of posts covered hiring practices audit for 2019, this post deals with records.  The next post will cover topics…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDQATzdmHq8&t=39s Happy New Year!  This Friday’s five video covers five reminders about the minimum wage increase: 1. As of January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in California increased from $11.00 to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees (the increase is from $10.50 per hour to $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees on January 1, 2019).  2. With the increase in the state minimum wage, there is a…
With the start of 2019, it is a great time to audit employment policies and practices.  The next series of posts will be a review of a few practices California employers should review on a periodic basis.  The posts will cover the following topics: the hiring process, employment records (what should be kept and for how long), wage and hour issues, end of employment issues, and will conclude with training requirements for supervisors and employees. …
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I hope everyone is spending some quality time with family members.  In part to give me a bit of a break from creating entirely new content, this holiday edition of Friday’s Five is five recent videos from my YouTube channel: 1. Holiday leave policies: 2. Understanding the mediation process: 3. Meal and rest break update for 2018: 4. 5 key concepts California managers need to understand: 5. Strategies for defending…
To qualify as an exempt employee, California requires that an employee must be “primarily engaged in the duties that meet the test of the exemption” and “earns a monthly salary equivalent to no less than two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment.” Labor Code section 515. This forms the two-part test the employees must meet to be exempt: (1) the salary basis test and (2) the duties test. Here are five general issues…
As we are in the midst of the holiday season, employers need to be mindful about the parameters that may apply when granting employees time off to volunteer, paying employees to volunteer to support a cause, and other potential issues involving volunteer time.  This topic was raised as a suggestion from a regular reader of the blog, and if you have any topics you would like to see covered, please let me know.  This Friday’s…
Here are five considerations that should be on the top of every employer’s mind in California when interviewing applicants for an open position. 1. Does the applicant’s actions back-up their interview? Don’t come to an interview saying that you have a passion for business development and marketing, but when I review your LinkedIn page you have five connections and have never written any articles on your subject matter.  You don’t have to have 1,000 connections…
Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone is getting some time to relax and enjoy some time with their families.  Entering the holiday season, it is a good time to review employer’s obligations to accommodate requests for time off for holidays and best pay practices during holiday leaves.  This Friday’s Five covers five reminders for employers about holiday leaves and pay: 1. California employers are not required to provide employees time off for holidays. There is no…
A new decision was published this week on when commute time is required to be paid by employers. Plaintiffs represented current and former employees of defendant Pacific Bell Telephone Company who install and repair video and internet services in customers’ homes. Plaintiffs alleged they were owed for the time they spent traveling in an employer-provided vehicle that carried equipment and tools between their homes and a customer’s residence under an optional and voluntary Home Dispatch…