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Employee or Not? Independent Contractors Demystified

Employee or Not? Independent Contractors Demystified

You might think converting a regular employee to an independent contractor is as simple as removing them from the payroll and handing them a 1099. They might be cheaper than an employee in the short term, but you could open yourself to a variety of compliance issues....

California Updates Employee Masking Requirements

California Updates Employee Masking Requirements

On February 28, 2022, California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted the provision that requires unvaccinated employees to wear masks indoors. Governor Newsom has also amended the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), eliminating masking rules relating...

Delayed Background Checks and What You Can Do About It

Delayed Background Checks and What You Can Do About It

Recent case law has impacted California's turnaround time for criminal background checks. The California Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in All of Us or None v. Hamrick that the privacy interests of individuals involved in criminal proceedings should be protected. This...

New OSHA Penalties Put Pressure on Employers

New OSHA Penalties Put Pressure on Employers

On January 15, 2022, new penalties went into effect for employers regulated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The increases come from the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015 that adjusts government fines for...

Top 10 HR Mistakes Companies Make and How You Can Avoid Them

Top 10 HR Mistakes Companies Make and How You Can Avoid Them

The Human Resources department is critical to all businesses. As the department sitting at the intersection of employee safety, training, morale, and compliance, HR functions have increased in importance and scope. Unfortunately, many companies may not realize their...

Cal/OSHA Adopts New Emergency Temporary Standards for 2022

Cal/OSHA Adopts New Emergency Temporary Standards for 2022

On December 16th 2021, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board adopted yet another version of COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The revised standards become effective January 14th, 2022. While some of the existing provisions will remain in effect, there are new...

Federal Court Vacates Stay on OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Federal Court Vacates Stay on OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Six weeks after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a temporary hold on the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring mandated COVID vaccination or testing for employers with 100 or more employees, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of...