Employment Practices

Tired of Hearing About Sexual Harassment in The Workplace?

Even though many are tired of hearing announcements of newly disclosed workplace sexual harassment incidents, this issue is far from being resolved and will continue until society changes its view about how women are viewed. It is unbelievable that some individuals, both privately and publicly, have down played these actions that have dramatic personal and […]

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How Independent Contractor Games Can Hurt Your Business

When it comes to staffing, many employers continue to rationalize who will be an employee and who will be an independent contractor. Even though an employer may feel their way is logical, in almost every instance they wrongly classify a person creating legal and financial issues for their business. To avoid these unwise risks, get […]

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How Will 2017 Workers’ Comp Changes Affect California Employers?

2017 confronts employers with changes in the workers’ compensation rules that will affect their profits. On February 8th, in Sacramento, you will learn how these changes will affect you, plus the mystery to control workers’ comp costs and related expenses will be unveiled. Beginning January 1, 2017, no matter who pays, First Aid Claims and […]

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Employers’ group medical plans in 2017 – What to expect?

Now that we have a Republican administration and a Republican majority in Congress many employers have asked “what’s in store for our employee group medical programs? Here are some thoughts from a knowledgeable and experienced employee benefits advisor that may provide some indication what employers may experience. I greatly respect Vinny Catalano’s opinions and success […]

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Is Your Employee Really Is Exempt? How Do You Know & When You Are Wrong, What Will Happen to You?

Lawsuits over the misclassification of employees continue to plague employers and can be extremely costly.   In addition to lawsuits, the misclassification of employees has been a hot issue for the IRS and Department of Labor.  Agencies have been ramping up their audits for employers who classify workers as exempt from overtime.  If you were audited […]

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Words of Wisdom on Preventing & Managing Claims for Employers, According to Don

Employment issues are always a concern for owners and managers of business. When they occur they are disruptive, many times they become an emotional drain, they are costly, can be demoralizing to other employees and in my view the employer and employee(s) seldom come out ahead. When it comes to seeking HR advice, or to […]

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Leave of Absence Laws Continue to be Complex & Provide Employer Opportunities for Costly Errors

To help you through this “tangled legal web,” join business owners and HR professionals at the Sacramento Employer Advisory Council’s (SEAC) workshop on August 23, 2016, in Sacramento. This is a morning session that provides you with practical approaches to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) & the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). You […]

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Let’s Catchup with Some Important Events That May Affect Your Business

This website was “kidnapped” recently by some folks who had nothing more productive to do, but we are back. So, lets catch-up on some news that should interest you and how you manage your organization. Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease for California Employers? It was just announced that employers could enjoy some rate decrease, but the […]

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“But It’s My Phone”

This topic continues to come up, so I felt the timing was right to share it with you. Years ago the big question for employers was how they can regulate personal use of company technology.  However, in a time where employees are bringing their own technology into the workplace in the form of smartphones and […]

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Part V: What Should Employers Know About The “Temp Employee Law” California AB 1897?

This law became effective on January 1, 2015, so why mention it now?  Isn’t it old news? Sure it is, but most employers are unaware of their additional financial and legal liabilities when they contract for temporary labor. Here are some highlights of this law: When you enter into a labor contract with a contractor […]

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The Broad Reach of California’s New Piece-Rate Law – Read On – It May Apply To You

AB 1513 California’s new law regulating employees who are paid on a “piece-rate” rate basis impacts employers and employees beyond those who are traditionally thought of as “piece-rate” workers.  This new law and recent case law also addresses piece rate pay, nonproductive time and the new boundaries of what is means to pay employees for […]

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Tips to Have a Fun Holiday Party & Avoid Potential Liabilities

It’s that time of the year to enjoy the spirit of the season, so many employers are planning events to celebrate with those who contribute to their success, their employees. I found an article from Propertycasualty360.com that outlining ways to manage the RisksNThreats that may cause unexpected issues that could spoil an employer’s holiday party. […]

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What Do You Know About The 2015 FMLA/CFRA Regulatory Update & Their Affects?

  What do the changes to the regulations actually mean?This year has included important changes to the regulations for both the federal Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act, and the federal Department of Labor issued updated forms in June 2015.  While the regulations bring the two laws closer together, some key differences […]

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How Confident Are You About Your Response To Workplace Injuries?

How confident are you that your injured employee is getting appropriate medical treatment? How confident are you that your respond to an employee injury is not creating more liability for your organization? When an employee gets hurt on the job, how an employer responds to the injury and the employee’s workers’ compensation claim can greatly […]

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Additional Workers’ Comp Rate Cut On The Way For California Employers?

According to the Workers’ Comp Executive, this may take place January 1, 2016. In May of this year, I shared with you that California Insurance Commissioner Jones recommended a 10.6% rate decrease to be effective July 2016.  Since that time, the rating bureau that collects and analyzes workers’ comp data, has made a new recommendation […]

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The Hidden Dangers of Workers’ Comp Exclusions

There’s a dangerous trend among decision-makers in California’s closely held corporations. Charged with reducing operating expenses while continuing to provide state-mandated insurance coverage, many opt to exclude corporate officers from their company’s workers’ compensation policy. To the decision-maker, this is simply a calculated method of controlling expenses—one of the many risks inherent in the nature […]

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What Are Your Strategies for Avoiding and Responding to Retaliation & Wrongful Termination Claims?

When an employee complains, what do you do? Do employees know who to speak with about their complaint? Who is the employer’s go to person to receive the complaint and act upon it? What documentation do you need to complete? What other persons are to be notified and included in this process? To properly address […]

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What Are Employers to Do Now That the “Landmark” Law is in Place for Temp Workers?

When Governor Brown signed AB 1897 into law in 2014, very little was made about the details and the intend of this legislation. There were a few short articles in the press about this law creating more liability for employers who contract for labor though staffing agencies.  I did a blog posting of it as […]

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Wage & Hour Seminar: From Exemptions to Paystubs – Sacramento April 14th

Wage and Hour issues continue to plague even the savviest of employers. Navigating through a multitude of often conflicting legal requirements is very tricky, and can lead to unanticipated financial liability for an employer.In this half-day seminar, a panel of leading experts will address compliance issues, the latest legal developments and common mistakes in the […]

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Wage and Hour issues continue to plague even the savviest employers

Navigating through a multitude of often conflicting legal requirements is very tricky, and can lead to unanticipated financial liability for an employer. On April 14, 2015, join other employers at this this half-day seminar, sponsored by the Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (SEAC).  There will be a panel of leading experts will address compliance issues, the […]

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The New Year Brings New Employer Liabilities with AB 1897

AB 1897 was signed into law by California’s Governor Brown and became effective on January 1, 2015. This new legislation creates additional financial and legal liabilities when an employer contracts for labor. All employers need to understand the implications of this legislation in terms of staffing, financial obligations, and legal responsibilities. Three Things You Need […]

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How Will The Trends in Discrimination & Harassment Lawsuits Affect You?

Kick of 2015 with a revealing discussion on trends in discrimination and harassment lawsuits! Each year courts decide dozens of cases interpreting California and federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, many of which greatly impact how those laws are applied in the real world. While most employers stay up to date on changes to the laws […]

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Supervisors & Your Bottom Line

The supervisor’s role in operating a financially successful organization is an often-overlooked management issue. Think of the supervisor as a sergeant in the military: they train, lead, & manage the troops to get the mission accomplished. They’re practical, driven to get the job done, & usually know more about a business’s production details than the […]

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Learn About How to Avoid The Employer’s Achilles Heel

Supervisors are an employer’s first line of defense against employment related claims and lawsuits. A well-trained supervisor can lower an employer’s risk of being involved in litigation and set the stage for the successful defense of claims that do arise. In addition, a well-trained supervisor is critical to creating and promoting a happy, productive work […]

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Three Human Resource Issues that Leave Employers Vulnerable

You may have noticed an increased number of articles in the local and national media about employment issues. Two recent articles—one in the New York Times and one in the Sacramento Business Journal—both discussed employment litigation and situations where employers create problems for themselves. Why is this becoming such a prevalent issue? The short answer […]

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Don’t Be Caught Unprepared to Comply with California’s New Sick Leave Law

Governor Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act into law, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave benefits to certain employees. On October 8, 2014, during our free 30 minute lunchtime teleconference, Gina Bauer, an associate attorney with Flesher McKague LLP, will educate employers on how to comply with this new law. The teleconference […]

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Local & National Data Should Be a Wakeup Call to Employers

Recent articles in the Sacramento Business Journal and the Wall Street Journal provided current insight to employers about how they potentially may be harmed by the increasing number of lawsuits involving Employee Leave & Accommodation Issues. Many times employers do not address the potential complications until the matter faces them and then there is a […]

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Tuesday’s Tip – What does Workers’ Compensation, Obesity, the American Medical Association and American’s with Disability Act have in Common?

Brad Young, who is a Workers Comp Defense Attorney, in the Midwest wrote a recent article that should prepare us for the increased costs of injury claims here in California. We all know that obesity has become a national health issue and this disease, like others, is beginning to be an employer workers’ comp cost issue. […]

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Workers’ Comp + the “Affordable Care Act” =?

A recent article has been published about the effects employers can expect upon their workers’ compensation costs what can happen to their balance sheets and their injured employees.  This writing is authored by Mark Walls, a well-known analyst for Marsh, where he outlines the issues that he and others see coming.  For a further discussion […]

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Navigating Employee Benefits With The “Affordable Care Act”- What Employers Need to Know & How This Will Effect Their Workers’ Comp Costs

The Sacramento Employer Advisory Council invites you to spend the morning with our panel of experts on employee benefits from The Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Workers’ Comp and everything in between. In this informative seminar, you will learn about the final rules for the ACA, the employer shared responsibility mandate, transitional relief that you […]

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Meet the Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (SEAC) Chair, Krista Dunzweiler

Krista Dunzweiler becomes the new Chair Person at SEAC to continue the mission of helping and educating employers with Solid, Essential, Accurate, and Competent employment law information. As an Associate Attorney at Locke Lord LLP in Sacramento, Krista brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SEAC Board, as well as, to employers throughout […]

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Prevention of Employment Practices Liabilities Can Begin With An HR Audit

The recent article by Brit Weimer, Partner at Jones Satre & Weimer PLLC, provides some good advice and what you should do to make sure your HR practices are current. Here is the link to Brit’s writing for your use: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/EPL-prevention-case-HR-RM-100542.S.268457206?view=&gid=100542&type=member&item=268457206&commentID=-1&trk=view_disc Should you wish an introduction to a qualified HR Professional, contact me and I am […]

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Contact

Tom Bone
Risk Insurance Advisor
ISU Insurance Services
2266 Lava Ridge Court
Roseville, California 95661
Phone 916.960.8758 or 800.823.4852 ext. 8758
Fax 916.773.4484
Mobile 925.285.6790
Email tbone@risksnthreatsmatter.com
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