New Year, New Laws For California Employers

New Year, New Laws for California Employers Every year, California enacts new employment legislation that benefits workers and imposes new compliance challenges for employers, and 2016 is no exception.  Below is a brief summary of this year’s significant new California employment laws: $10 Minimum Wage The state minimum wage increased to $10 per hour; the highest state minimum […]

Is it Legal to Fire an Alcoholic?

Is it Legal to Fire an Alcoholic? What would you do if one of your employees is clearly drunk while at work?  If your answer is to fire the lush on the spot, you should think twice.  In fact, your  inebriated employee may be an alcoholic, in which case he or she is considered to be disabled under the Americans […]

Protect Your Company From Halloween Hijinks

Protect Your Company From Halloween Hijinks It’s always nice to lighten up the workplace by throwing an employee party, and many employers view Halloween as the perfect occasion to loosen the dress code and let employees act out their fantasies by coming to the office in costume.   All too often however, some employees allow the […]

Visual Hacking: Another Challenge for Your Informational Security Program

Visual Hacking: Another Challenge for Your Informational Security Program The threat posed by computer hackers to consumers’ personal information stored on company servers is all too common, and companies that store such information are obligated to take all reasonable measures to protect it, and to inform affected customers when their protection measures are breached.   […]

Six Tips For Successfully Fighting Employee Lawsuits

In several previous posts, I’ve written about the co-dependent and often contentious relationship between companies and their employees.  Back in the good old days (about ten years ago), employers took it for granted that if they treated their fairly, they’ll stay out of trouble.  Unfortunately, in today’s  litigious world, even the best employers have no […]