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Not many supervisors enjoy doing employee evaluations. Too often evaluations are considered painful and time consuming. However, they are an important opportunity to provide employees with constructive feedback that can help them succeed in their career and workplace. Additionally, providing employees with honest feedback and direction promotes efficiency and increases morale that can translate to improved profitability in the workplace. The key is planning a proper employee evaluation process that will positively impact both employees and supervisors. Planning a successful employee evaluation process includes: Selecting the Right Evaluator Management needs to have impartial individuals responsible for employee evaluations. Usually, this [...]
In the recent years, Slack, a popular instant-messaging team collaboration tool, has seen huge growth with 6 million U.S. workers reported using the service in 2018. Its popularity comes from the ease at which employees can communicate with others and its seamless integration with popular online services like Google Suite and Dropbox. Slack offers multiple features designed to stimulate productivity and collaboration in the office. The platform offers three types of communication channels: direct messages, private group channels, and public group channels. With these different channels, departments and teams can create designated chains for themselves and certain topics to keep [...]
If you or a loved one needs in-home help, you can either seek a caregiver through an agency, or hire one directly. Hiring through an agency involves less paperwork, but it is not the right solution for everyone. Agencies often charge more to cover their overhead and profits, so you may be able to hire a caregiver with a greater level of expertise for less, if you hire the person directly. They may also not send the same caregiver each day, depending on staffing and availability. If it is important to you to have one person continuously responsible for care, [...]
Having employees sit down on the job may no longer be something employers frown upon. However, under California law, it may be a legal requirement. A nine-year legal battle over the provision of seating for cashiers ended in Walmart paying out a $65 million settlement in early October 2018. The settlement also resulted in a promise on the part of the company to begin providing seating for cashiers. At the heart of the case is the provision in California’s Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders which requires that “all working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of [...]
As the holidays are approaching, now is a good time to go over the rules regarding holidays and pay. As a general rule, many employers in California give employees either the day off with pay (“paid holiday”) or give extra pay for hours worked similar to overtime pay (“holiday pay”). However, neither federal law, nor California law, requires employers to give holiday pay or paid holidays. This is true whether you are an exempt salaried or non-exempt hourly paid employee. Nor does the law require an employee be given the day off for any particular holiday, except for religious accommodations, [...]
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), into law which, effective January 1, 2020, could potentially reclassify millions of independent contractors as employees and significantly reform the future of independent workforces in California. AB5 codifies the landmark April 2018 decision in the Dynamex case (Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903). In the Dynamex case, the California Supreme Court determined that the stringent, three-pronged “ABC Test” must be used to determine worker classification in wage-order claims. Further, AB5 expands the use of the three-pronged “ABC” test to cover the entire [...]