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Can employers require employees to give notice?

Businesses face a wide range of challenges, but few are more complicated on a professional and interpersonal level than handling the departure of an employee. Like many states, California is an employment at will state, which means that the employee can leave at any time for any lawful reason, with or without notice.

Ten common employer missteps involving employment laws

Most employers would never intentionally try to violate the state and federal employment laws, but it could be a case of not being clear on the rules. Some reasons may even be in the spirit of helping the employee or making your job easier, while others involve poor business planning or choices. Here are 10 mistakes that the California Chamber of Commerce es.

Legendary Ohio football coach put on leave

 It seems that not a month goes by where there are allegations of misbehavior by college coaches or support staff. Ohio State University has been mired in the scandals of former head coach Jim Tressel who stepped down in 2011 after failing to report student athletes bartering team gear for services like tattoos. There was OSU team doctor Richard Strauss, who allegedly abused students before killing himself in 2005. This has led to class action lawsuit. There is also a class action lawsuit involving diving coach William Bohonyi, who allegedly preyed on female divers, including at least one who was under age 18.   

Employer tips for dealing with employee divorce

Like it or not, employees’ personal lives will impact their general well-being and professional performance. With divorce rates hovering between 40 and 50 percent in 2018, managers, owners and HR personnel will not have to wait long before they get word that an employee needs to change their insurance or contact information because they are getting divorced.

Is it time for your business to have an HR person?

Small business owners take on a wide variety of roles. This can include everything from sales calls to accounting to fixing the copier. Some owners like to keep their shops small with a dedicated staff who similarly handles a range of tasks within the company.

Parental leave a double-edged sword for employees

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about parental leave plans and how taking the time affects the careers of the parents. Many reports claim that women’s careers can stall if they take leave to have children, particularly in male-dominated professions.

What World Cup reporters can teach us about workplace harassment

The United States is still catching up to the rest of the world in regards to World Cup fever, but hopefully the sexist behavior of some soccer fans will never make the transition. Twice while covering events for the 2018 World Cup, female reporters have been harassed on camera by fans who wanted to kiss them. The two responded remarkably different, yet it clear in both cases that these women have been harassed as they were trying to do their job and they not happy about it.

California Supreme Court adopts new ruling on contractors

The gig economy is certainly a major part of the employment landscape here in California and elsewhere. It is certainly an economical way for companies to bring in workers without the rules governing employment law. There has been some confusion in recent years over rules determining whether workers are independent contractors or employees. This has led to misunderstandings by both companies and workers.

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