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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in October. Job gains occurred in food services and drinking establishments, professional and business services, manufacturing and health care. When the unemployment rate is low, employers often find themselves competing to retain and attract talent.

How can employers improve their overall retention rate? One strategy is to conduct stay

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HR Done Right has been following several employment legislative bills over the last few months that have now been signed by the Governor.

SB 63 - New Parent Leave Act. This bill extends 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave for employees who work for companies with 20 to 49.

AB 168 - Prohibits all employers from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a

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As business owners and HR professionals, protecting the assets of the organization is a priority—this includes protecting our human capital. In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed devastating hurricanes, uncontrolled flooding, wildfires and mass shootings. Our technological age gives us 24-hour access to such traumatic events via the news and social media, and many are deeply affected by this. These events may affect job performance and an

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Last December, the federal minimum salary for exempt employees was set to increase from $23,660 to $47,476. You may have heard that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas just struck down the ruling. This decision has most employers breathing a sigh of relief. However, we continue to monitor events, as the Department of Labor may appeal the ruling, and may also decide to raise the salary level.

There are some states, like

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Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman (either an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Two recent cases highlight the consequences for employers who are found in violation of pregnancy workplace laws.

A Florida employer was fined $100,000 for pregnancy discrimination. After receipt of an employment offer, the applicant inquired about

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