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Beware of Wayward Cantaloupes

A former Los Angeles Unified School District Police officer was arrested for workers’ compensation fraud for inflating work-related injuries caused by a “wayward cantaloupe.”  While patrolling a school campus on his bicycle, the officer ran over the cantaloupe and lost control of his bicycle. He originally claimed that he injured his right knee, foot and […]

May 21 2014 - Workers' Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Comments on Proposed CFRA Amendments Due by June 2

As reported earlier, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council is proposing amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations. Many of the proposed amendments modify the current CFRA regulations to parallel existing federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. The CFRA applies to employers with 50 or more employees and all public employers. […]

May 20 2014 - FMLA/CFRA - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Spotting Résumé Fraud

The hiring process can be long and frustrating – reading résumés, checking references and interviewing candidates requires significant time and effort. The process can be complicated by applicant deception during the hiring process or résumé padding. Even top-level execs can provide inaccurate résumés. For instance, Yahoo’s former CEO Scott Thompson stated that he graduated with […]

May 19 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Cutting Down On Payroll Mistakes

Employers keep an eye on payroll because it’s a significant operating cost, but employers may not pay as much attention to actual payroll practices. That could be a big mistake: More than 50 percent of a human resource department’s time is spent processing employee information and answering questions (Forrester Research); Payroll clerical errors and poor […]

May 16 2014 - Compensation, Meal and Rest Break, Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Potential Expansion of Employment Authorization

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced two proposals designed to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants as part of the U.S. workforce. The first proposal relates to “H-4 dependents” (spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21) of H-1B nonimmigrant workers. Under current regulations, the DHS does not list H–4 dependents […]

May 15 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »