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In a recent study by Mercer, it was discovered that combined paid time off (PTO) policies have skyrocketed to over 63%, up from just 38% in 2010. To remain competitive, many employers are shifting how they structure their traditional sick and vacation policies in favor of a combined PTO policy. Regardless of your time off policy it should be easy to track, compliant and attractive to candidates as well as current employees.

With

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The country is buzzing about the current unemployment rate. In May 2018, the national unemployment rate hit an almost record-breaking 3.8%. In the past we have discussed retaining and recruiting your employees, but what happens when the talent pool is a fraction of what it used to be?

Soft skills have become essential to hiring the best candidate. But what exactly are soft skills? How can you identify them in an interview? Why is

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In 2017, Millennials were the highest demographic in the workforce at a staggering 35%. It is estimated that Millennials will represent 75% of the workforce by 2025. In recent posts, we have discussed how to recruit and retain your employees. But what about these Millennials? The Millennial generation, also know as Generation Y, are between the ages of 22 to 37 in 2018. In researching this article, we talked to Millennials in various

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Many employers are struggling to find the talent they need in today's job market. The Employment Development Department (EDD) reported a 4.5% unemployment rate in California, and some northern California counties have unemployment rates below 3%. Last month we discussed how increasing employee engagement can help to reduce turnover. A strong recruiting strategy is equally vital in your arsenal, therefore our topic of this month's post.

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Employers in California are feeling the effects of the low unemployment rate. According to the Employment Development Department (EDD), the unemployment rate for California in January 2018 was 4.6%. While this is not the lowest it has been in the recent past, it certainly is affecting the retention strategies of many employers across the state.

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal government law enforcement agency that is responsible for identifying and eliminating various security vulnerabilities in the United States. This government agency kicked off 2018 by raiding one hundred 7-11 stores throughout the US. On February 2, more than 75 businesses were visited by ICE, all in Northern California.

When AB 450 went into effect January 1, 2018, it put California

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The legalization of marijuana has been one of the most talked about topics in California thus far in 2018. Proposition 64 has caused some employers to question if they should continue drug testing their employees. Employees may believe their employers can no longer test for marijuana during a drug test. Being informed and up to date on current legislation has never been more important.

Proposition 64 includes a workplace exemption which

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This is the time of year when many people reflect on the year and revisit personal goals and tasks they planned to accomplish. The same is true with business. Legislative bills signed by the governor this year will take effect in January. There are new laws regarding job protected parental leave, requests for salary information and considering criminal history of job applicants, to name a few. Your internal policies, employee handbooks,

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