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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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It has seemingly become the norm to turn on your TV or mobile device and hear about yet another member in the public eye being accused of, or confessing to sexual harassment. Politicians, actors, judges - the list goes on. This heightened awareness is causing employers to take notice.

Employers are requesting increasing guidance on how to have constructive conversations with their employees and how to handle claims of harassment or general

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