A Day of Rest
Feb28

A Day of Rest

Avoiding unnecessary overtime pay is a standard goal of most businesses. However, what qualifies as overtime can be confusing in California. As a business, you decide what your company’s official 7-day “workweek” will be. Your workweek doesn’t move around so choose carefully because this determines when you owe overtime for employees working more than a standard 5-day week. You pay overtime for any time worked...

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Paying “Under the Table”
Feb26

Paying “Under the Table”

Are you occasionally paying people under the table when having them participate in a working interview before deciding to hire them? Or are you paying them for doing other work for you on the side? This is a high risk because what you are doing may be illegal. If your interview process includes having the candidate follow someone around (shadowing) or performing the job for several hours or days, this is compensable time. Paying this...

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Build a billion-dollar company!
Feb26

Build a billion-dollar company!

Female entrepreneurs are creating and marketing products for other women in record numbers.

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IRA Withdrawals that Escape the 10% Tax Penalty
Oct20

IRA Withdrawals that Escape the 10% Tax Penalty

The reason withdrawals from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) prior to age 59½ are generally subject to a 10% tax penalty is that policymakers wanted to create a disincentive to use these savings for anything other than retirement.¹ Yet, policymakers also recognize that life can present more pressing circumstances that require access to these savings. In appreciation of this, the list of withdrawals that may be taken from an IRA...

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Hug a Tree, Not an Employee
Oct20

Hug a Tree, Not an Employee

Hugging your employees might be cause for legal action, as in the case of Zetwick vs. County of Yolo. In that lawsuit, Zetwick, a female Sheriff’s correctional officer filed a claim of hostile work environment… and she has records of what happened and when. Her claims were against the new Sheriff and include over 125 hugs and 1 unwelcome kiss on the cheek between 1999 and 2013. In addition, she witnessed this happening to...

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Raises Aren’t Raising
Oct20

Raises Aren’t Raising

In 2008, many employees either lost their jobs or their pay was frozen. And every year since then, employees have been crossing their fingers that this will finally be the year where they will see a significant increase in pay. But it’s not. Aon Hewitt’s U.S. Salary Increase Survey of 1,074 companies shows base wages and bonuses won’t be increasing in 2017 any more than they did in 2016. This is the 5th year...

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