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Help Reduce Employees Stress

By |October 4th, 2017|

Question: We’re approaching my department’s busy season. Is there anything we can do during this time to help our employees and reduce their stress?

Answer from Jenny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP:

Yes! Here are a few things you can do to make the busy season run as smoothly and stress-free as possible:

Remove or reassign non-essential work duties: Before the […]

What is an out-of-pocket maximum?

By |September 13th, 2017|

How An Out-Of-Pocket Maximum Works For You

Our legal team wants us to remind you that we’re not giving you medical advice here. That’s a special conversation between you and your doctor! Our goal is to help you get the most from your health plan. Curious what’s covered? Log in to our website to see your […]

By |September 13th, 2017|

Question: Question: I’ve heard about the DACA program ending. What does this mean and what do I need to do?

Answer from Aimee, GPHR, SHRM-SCP:   

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on September 5th that they have initiated the “orderly phase out” of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program allowed certain […]

Requirements For Unpaid Interns

By |August 24th, 2017|

We’ve been approached by some local college students who are volunteering to be unpaid interns. Can we bring them on without paying them?

Answer from Sarah, PHR, SHRM-CP:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are certain requirements that must be met when taking on unpaid interns. These requirements are intended to ensure that the intern […]

Definition of an Employee’s Termination Date

By |June 28th, 2017|


What is the technical or otherwise common definition of an employee’s termination date? Is it the date the on which the termination occurs or the last date the employee performed work?

Answer from Monica, SPHR, SHRM-CP:

Typically, the termination date is the day that the actual termination occurred. It may or may not coincide with the final […]

California Law Alert | Minimum Wage Increases

By |June 28th, 2017|

California Law Update
Minimum Wage Increases

Seven municipalities in California have passed minimum wages that are higher than the state rate and will go into effect or increase on July 1, 2017.

For employers with 56 or more employees: increase from $14.82 to $15.20 per hour
For employers with 55 or fewer employees: increase from $13.00 to $14.00 per […]

HR Advisor | April 2017

By |April 10th, 2017|

HR Advisor | March 2016

By |March 17th, 2016|

March 2016 HR News
We’re almost a quarter of the way through 2016! This month we examine ways to make safety programs engaging for your employees and options you have when constructing a company dress code. Go to the HR Support Center after the 15th for an HR Cast on addressing poor employee hygiene. The pleasant […]


By |March 15th, 2016|

The IRS has been very restrictive about making mid-year changes to a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan. However, IRS Notice 2016-16, effective January 29, 2016, eliminated most of these restrictions for both safe harbor 401(k) and 403(b) plans.

Almost everything is allowed if an updated safe harbor notice describing the mid-year change and its effective date is […]

Question about Employee Management

By |March 9th, 2016|

Q  What constitutes a “hostile work environment” and what’s my obligation if an employee complains about it?
Answer from Eric, one of our HR Pros
A hostile work environment occurs when unlawful harassment in the workplace either 1) becomes a condition of continued employment (meaning the employee must continue to endure it in order to keep their […]