H-1B Filing Season Fast Approaching

The H-1B filing season for fiscal year (FY) 2019 begins on April 2, 2018. If you use workers who need H-1B visas, be ready — the slots will go fast! There is a statutory cap on the number of H1-B visas that are granted. Currently, the cap on H-1B visas is 65,000 with an additional […]

Mar 19 2018 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

HSA Limits Changed

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are pre-tax accounts available to individuals covered under a high-deductible health plan. Eligible individuals can accumulate money, tax-free, in HSAs to pay for qualified medical expenses in the face of rising health insurance costs. The annual limits for HSA contributions are indexed for inflation and released annually by June 1 for […]

Mar 16 2018 - Benefits - Erika Pickles Read More »

New Workplace Safety Rules for Hotel Housekeepers Effective July 1

The Office of Administrative Law recently approved a new workplace safety and health regulation specific to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry, which will become effective July 1, 2018. Cal/OSHA will enforce the new standard — the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers from musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries […]

Mar 14 2018 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Indoor Heat Illness Rules: Latest Draft Still Too Complex, Burdensome

While the latest version of the Cal/OSHA proposed draft indoor heat illness rule is improved over prior versions, a coalition of California Chamber of Commerce-led employer groups continues to assert that the rule remains complex and overly burdensome, without increasing employee protections. The coalition members take the safety and health of their employees very seriously. […]

Mar 12 2018 - Heat Illness - HRWatchdog Read More »

Springing Forward

It’s that time of the year again … daylight saving time is set to start Sunday, March 11. Employees may be a little cranky and call for more coffee next Monday morning as they lose an hour on Sunday “springing forward.” For most people, the time shift means adjusting various clocks around the house that […]

Mar 9 2018 - Compensation - HRWatchdog Read More »