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Holiday Harmony

“It’s the thought that counts,” is a common holiday phrase we hear almost on repeat during this festive season. While we all have big budget items on our holiday wish list, a little personal attention from a boss or co-worker can have a profound impact. While the holidays can be a source of stress for many, there is no reason why you can’t seek a month of corporate bliss by striking a balance between projects and parties.

December is a month where many distractions are battling for our attention. Families are calling and emailing with regards to setting up holiday visits. Our inbox is filled with offers and rebates for the most competitive shopping deals. It can be a difficult time for anyone to focus on company projects. One way to combat the holiday hustle and bustle is too give your coworkers more personal attention. Spend an afternoon and schedule time to drop by a few cubicles. Keep it brief and focus on THEIR holiday plans. When you need details for a final project examined, your team will remember your drop-in and hopefully go that extra mile before signing off for the year.


5 Things To Know About Open Enrollment

DEADLINES:
All Enroll/Change/Term forms must be submitted by November 20, 2017

‚NO ACTION NEEDED:
If you are not making any changes to your medical, dental or vision coverage, benefits will rollover for the coming year

ƒFSA/HSA:
If you are currently enrolled in the plan and wish to continue participation for 2018, you must re-enroll. If you do not re-enroll your coverage will end on 12/31/17

„AVOID PENALTIES:
Be sure to enroll for adequate coverage in order to avoid penalties

…PRIOR MONTH BILLING:
Most deductions are on a prior month billing cycle, your new deductions will be reflected on your December payroll for January rates


Back to School, Back to Learning

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time. Teacher’s spend the first few days discussing what skills and topics the students will be learning. Textbooks are distributed among the students and notebooks begin to be filled with information. The learning process begins, as facts and figures are absorbed by thirsty minds.

It’s never too late to hit the books yourself and learn something new. September is a great time of year to educate yourself on a new skill, discover a new team management strategy, or dive deep into a new software that will enhance your workplace performance. Below are three things you can start today to set the table for a great year in the office.


Room to Grow

Students are busy arriving to pristine classroom environments, while teachers are wiping the sweat from their brows. When the bell rings on the first day of school and class finally begins, the students seldom have any idea about the level of preparation their teachers have put in. They’ve spent all summer setting the stage for learning. While you don’t have all summer for a complete office makeover, there are many things you can do this month to remove distractions and optimize workflow. In this article we will look at a few ways you can declutter your workspace in a similar fashion.


Final Pay Processing

California has very strict Final Pay rules, outlined in the California Labor Code Sections 201 and 201, outlined here in the issuance of final wages.


Los Angeles – Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring

This infographic provides employers with general information about the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


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The New 2017 California Employment Laws – Are You Ready?

The new year brings a number of significant measures impacting employers. Below is an overview of new workplace-related laws you should be aware of:


City of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increase

Beginning July 1, 2016, all employers will be required to pay employees a new minimum wage according to the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance. The minimum wage rate will be adjusted every year according to the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance § 187.02.


City of Los Angeles New Sick Leave Ordinance

On June 2, 2016 the City of Los Angeles passed a new ordinance (Ordinance No. 184320) requiring employers to provide employees working within the City of Los Angeles a minimum of 48 hours of paid sick leave per year.


Workplace Power Position: Solar Edition

In our modern times people are seldom amazed by the unshielded nuclear fusion reactor floating above their heads daily, but imagine yourself in the distant past staring up at the sun. This floating orb of pure energy, always out of reach, held up by magic, tracking across the sky, providing warmth and light that without no living thing could survives.

Although our lives may seem worlds away from our sun worshiping ancestors, it is an inescapable fact that we are as dependent on the sun now more than at any time in our past. Solar power is taking the lead in widespread green energy adoption and even our biological flourishing is intimately connected with receiving just the right amount of this natural resource.


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