Exempt or Non-Exempt: How to Determine Proper Exemption Status for your California Employees

Who is Exempt and Who is Non-Exempt? 

42368950_lThe FLSA provides an exemption from both minimum wage and overtime requirements for employees employed as “white collar” employees, namely, executive, administrative, professional, and outside sales employees, as well as certain employees in computer-related occupations.

To qualify for […]

California Paid Sick Leave Law FAQs and Tips for Small Business Employers

Starting July 1, 2015, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) will require all California employers to offer sick pay to nearly every category of employee. If you run a small business in California and are not sure of your obligations, please read below.       ► Overview […]

How Should a California Business Accomodate LGBT and Transgender Employees in the Workplace

rainbowsfLGBT and transgender rights have made the headlines several times this summer, causing many businessowners to evaluate whether changes need to be made to ensure they are accommodating LGBT and transgender employees in the workplace properly.  Transgender employees can include transsexuals, cross-dressing employees, and […]

Bad Hire: Can You Un-Hire a Employee Who Should Never Have Been Hired?

badhireEvery business manager, at one point or another in the company’s life cycle, has probably had at least one moment regretting the hire of a particular employee.  However, bad hiring decisions tend to go on unremedied because of the hassle of firing and […]

Hiring Unpaid Interns: Is it Legal?

Whether it is the New Yorker, W Magazine, NBC, Fox Searchlight Films and “Black Swan,” or even Sean “Diddy” Combs, these days many employers now face lawsuits by former unpaid interns, asserting that their unpaid internships were unlawful and in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act and California Law.  Even […]

Top 5 Things All Small Business Owners Should Discuss with Their Lawyers

officemtgRunning a business in California is not easy. With a myriad of laws regulating labor, intellectual property, tax, operations, and administration, sometimes it can make business owners feel as though they are walking a thin tightrope trying not to lose balance and […]

5 Tips for Writing Effective Employee Performance Evaluation Reviews

meetingroomWriting employee performance reviews can be a thorny task for managers and employers. Many supervisors find writing employee performance reviews to be painful and struggle to provide feedback that is accurate but does not overly discourage the employee. Other supervisors tend to […]

Dealing with Moonlighting Employees for California Employers

MoonlightingWhether it is acting, singing, modelling, founding a startup, daytrading, or dabbling in real estate, a substantial number of employees moonlight (or more appropriately, daylight) by earning income in ways other than their employment.  Dealing with moonlight employees can be tricky for California […]

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