New Laws Limit the Scope and Privacy of Arbitration in California Starting January 1, 2015

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law aiming to restrict the reach of arbitration agreements, starting January 2015. The bills have the effect of chilling arbitration by making it a less attractive option for employers and making it less private. 1. Private Arbitration Providers Must …

New Laws for California Employers in 2015

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. The California legislature has passed numerous laws that will take effect January 1, or July 1, 2015.  Employers must revise their policies to reflect the new laws.  We have provided a summary of these new laws below.   1. NEW PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES Starting on July …

Increases in IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2015

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be: -57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven -23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes -14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations The business expense reimbursement rates …

The Grady Firm Now Offers Customized Record-Keeping Forms for Employers

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. California enacted numerous new laws in 2014 that continue to make it more challenging for employers to comply with California employment law. To take out some of the guesswork that employers and Human Resources managers face as they try to run their businesses, The Grady Firm, …

New Paid Sick Leave Requirements for California Employers Starts July 1, 2015

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. Starting on July 1, 2015, a new law affecting millions of Californians will require that employers - both public and private - provide paid sick leave to all their employees. The “Healthy, Workplace, Healthy Families Act” (AB-1522) signed into effect by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. …

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Fair Chance Ordinance, Creating New Requirements for Employers During the Hiring Process

by Gayane Khechoomian As of August 13, 2014, San Francisco businesses with 20 or more employees are required to review an individual's qualifications before inquiring about that person's arrest and conviction record(s) and related information. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”) requiring that employers limit the use of criminal history information …

12 Tips for Effective E-Mail Communication

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. While emails can provide us with the means to communicate with more people in a single day than ever before, they can also be a huge time-waster and permanent record of our blunders.  Read below for 12 ways to communicate more effectively through email. Efficiency 1. At the beginning of …

What Should You Include in Written Warnings to Employees?

Original Source: Southland Data Processing  (SDP) website: http://bza.me/?9JERA7 In order to strengthen your defense against an employee-initiated action, you must include a well-drafted memo in an employee's personnel file at the time of any incident.  Most written warnings and disciplinary memos are inadequate because they fail to include several very important elements. Whether you have …

How to Plan for Health Care Reform in 2013 and 2014 and Avoid Penalties

by Adam Minow, CPAIn the coming months, many Americans will need to make a decision regarding their health care insurance.  This decision is being prompted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed into law in 2010, which is also commonly referred to as Health Care Reform or Obamacare. Individuals who …