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2018 IRS Mileage Rates Announced

On December 14, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. This year, the business rate increases one cent per mile. Beginning January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a […]

Dec 14 2017 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Rethinking the Holiday Office Party in Light of Harassment Scandals

Some companies may be rethinking their traditional office holiday party this year due to the spotlight on workplace harassment and the nearly daily allegations against individuals in high profile companies, Hollywood, the media and government. The office party has long been a potential powder keg. Add a relaxed and celebratory atmosphere to an open bar, […]

Dec 12 2017 - Harassment - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Fires in California: Reminders About Emergencies and the Workplace

Fires are once again blazing in California, forcing thousands to evacuate, destroying buildings and bringing tragedy and loss. At this trying time, employers should remember some key obligations. Here are a few things you should know about paying employees, leaves of absences and planning ahead in emergencies. Paying Employees Even in an emergency, employers must […]

Dec 11 2017 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Cal/OSHA Issues Notice for Worker Health and Safety in Wildfire Regions

Cal/OSHA has issued guidance for employers and workers on working safely in conditions with heavy smoke caused by the wildfires. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases, and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause […]

Dec 8 2017 - Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog Read More »

California Ranks as No. 2 ‘Judicial Hellhole’ in Nation Again

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) has released the 2017–18 “Judicial Hellholes” list and California holds the No. 2 spot for having the “most unfair” civil litigation courts. No. 1 on the list this year is Florida. California maintains its No. 2 ranking, having previously topped the “Judicial Hellhole” list in 2012, 2013 and 2015. […]

Dec 7 2017 - General - HRWatchdog Read More »