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"It's my money and I need it now!" Perhaps you recognize this phrase from a popular television commercial. Instant gratification is something that many people feel on a regular basis, especially on pay day. The idea of picking up a paper paycheck on a Friday, driving to the bank, then waiting 3 days for the funds to clear is a thing of the past. Direct deposit has become the new normal.

Why this is important

So, employers

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Upon hire, many employers have a defined period of time where the employee is able to learn how to perform the job on a regular basis. The terms "introductory period" or "probationary period" may be used. What's the difference between these terms, and how should a California employer classify this period?

As an at-will state, an employee or the employer may end the employment relationship at any time. A probationary period may

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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 independent contractors, lactation accommodation, organ donor leave, paid family leave (effective 7/1/20), and harassment prevention training, just to name a few. Your

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Navigating Paying Your Employees During a Natural Disaster

Again, this year we are experiencing more natural disasters, wildfires and power outages in California. As a result, many employers have experienced business closures, lack of power, limited access to technology and related employee health issues. It is important to plan ahead and be prepared.

Accommodating Employees

California employers have an obligation to

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Last week, the US Department of Labor announced an increase to the federal salary threshold for the "white-collar" exemptions from overtime pay. As of January 1, 2020, the weekly salary threshold increases from $455 to $684. If an employee does not meet the exemption requirements, they are eligible for overtime. As 2020 approaches, now is the time to review your exemption classifications and make changes, if necessary.

To be

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The alphabet soup of leave laws in California can be a complex process. FMLA, CFRA, PDL, PFL, PSL -keeping abreast of these and the many other types of leaves, in addition to knowing how they interact with each other can be a challenge to navigate.

Certain leave laws run concurrently while others may be taken in subsequent order. While some leaves provide supplemental wages and job protection, others may provide one but not the other.

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To be pre-tax or to be post-tax, that is the question. At least, that is the question when it comes to payroll deductions. While every payroll deduction can be classified as either pre- or post-tax, how does an employer correctly classify these deductions? While several are classified by IRS regulations, other deductions are a matter of choice.

Pre-tax deductions

Pre-tax deductions allow employees to decrease their taxable

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As we enter the second half of 2019, now is the perfect time for a mid-year checkup of changes that may affect your business.

EEO-1 Pay Data

Companies with over 100 employees are required to report employee demographic information characterized by race/ethnicity, gender, and job category. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will now also be collecting pay data for 2017 and 2018. The deadline for the additional

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