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Summer 2013

 Announcing Our

2013 Sacramento Workshops   





Our Next Workshops... 


Harassment Prevention for Managers 

September 25, 2013


Communication Styles Workshop

October 17, 2013


Reservations are required for Silvers HR classes.

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Quick and Dirty Info We Think You Should Know 


EEO-1 Survey Reports are due from employers with 100 or more employees and those with federal government contracts of $50,000 or more and 50 or more employees.  Only online submissions are accepted. Details are at  the EEOC website.

ACA Model Notices must be sent to all employees by October 1st. Although there have been a few delays in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, the roll out and requirement for employers to notify employees of coverage options by October 1, 2013 is still in effect as of this writing. Model Notices have been posted on the DOL website. We recommend waiting until mid September to confirm the DOL Model Notices published are in fact the final versions. You may view the current Model Notices here


Healthcare Wizard  We like this new website with a tutorial customized for each employer's healthcare path. Check it out here.


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Think Twice Before Striking

Minimizing Risks in Employment Terminations


By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA


We receive calls everyday from employers ready to terminate employees for any number of reasons.   We're their sounding board, giving them a learned ear to think out loud about the options and risks.  When we hear background with one of the following issues we advise employers to step back and think twice about the ancillary risks.  Here's our top ten, in no particular order:


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Potential Employment Impacts of Same-Sex Marriage for California Employers

The recent US Supreme Court rulings in the cases of United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry,  resulted  in the elimination of a significant section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the dismissal of a challenge to a lower court's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8.  The rulings open the door for same-sex couples to marry in California and 12 other states where same-sex marriage is recognized.  Bottom line - the federal government will be required to treat any same-sex couple married in the eyes of their state as married and eligible for  federal benefits. 

Here's a quick list of the some of the major changes that will impact the employment setting in California:  

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A Clearly Defined Hiring Protocol Is A Must!


By Richard Pinsker, CMC and FIMC

Pinsker and Company


If you agree with me that employees are your most valuable asset, then hiring great talent is one of your top priorities. Most companies have some sort of hiring process to acquire talent, but those that make the best hiring decisions usually follow a very strict hiring protocol to ensure nothing falls between the cracks.


Effective hiring protocols include but are not limited to the following steps.



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New Guidebook for Injured Workers is Published by the CA Dept. of Industrial Relations 

The California Department of Industrial Relations just issued a revised fourth edition of the "Workers' Compensation Guide in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers."  This 94 page document is chock full of information employers should also know.  There are two significant changes worthy of note in our brief summary:  1) How employees can predesignate a physician for work related injuries and illnesses, and 2) how employees can resolve problems when they do not agree with workers' compensation related medical care and medical reports. 


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