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AB 168, salary history

Seeking Salary History May Be Banned

The California Assembly this week passed a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that could expose employers to costly litigation for inquiring into an applicant’s prior salary even when there is no harm. AB 168 (Eggman; D-Stockton), which passed the Assembly by 60-9 vote, could penalize employers for failing to provide a pay scale upon demand, even […]

May 25 2017 - Compensation, Hiring - HRWatchdog Read More »

Closed for Memorial Day? Paying Wages to Employees

If an employer is closed on a payday that falls on a holiday listed in the California Government Code, such as Memorial Day, the employer can pay wages on the next business day. Of course, paying the day before the holiday is acceptable, as well. Private employers are not required to provide time off for […]

May 25 2017 - Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

No, You Can’t Demote a Pregnant Employee If You Think Her Job’s Too Tough

Suzie comes into your office and tells you she is four months pregnant. You think, “Hmmmm, her job is really demanding. I should probably put her in a job with less responsibility because I’m sure Suzie can’t do such a demanding job while pregnant.” Wrong answer: Demoting Suzie based on a stereotype about her ability […]

May 23 2017 - Discrimination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Positive Drug Test Results Hit 12-Year “High”

American workers tested positive for illicit drugs at the highest rate in 12 years, according to an analysis of more than ten million workforce drug test results released by Quest Diagnostics, a large nationwide drug testing lab. More than one in 25 workers fail their drug test: 4.2 percent of employee drug tests that Quest […]

May 19 2017 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Summer Hiring on the Rise: A Look Back at Unusual Summer Jobs

During summer months, when school is not in session, employers often add to their workforce. This may be especially true in cities with a lot of summer tourism. Companies are increasing their summer hiring compared to last year, according to a recent Career Builder survey. Forty-one percent of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for […]

May 17 2017 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »