What a Year!
By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP
One of our roles as HR consultants is to ensure our clients have resources and knowledge back-up to stay out of employment court. We do a pretty good job of that and I'm proud of the ethical employers we hand pick as our business partners. (You think we take any Tom, Dick, or Harriet? Think again. If you're a retained client, you've been carefully screened by us. Kind of like who Dad allows his daughter to date.) But sometimes even the well-intended employer gets caught up in unfortunate circumstances. We've had some doozies this past year; I'll spare you the details.
It is not my goal to be indispensable and attached at a manager's elbow on every employment decision. We offer lots of training to aid in the day to day journey with employees. But, the feds and the state of California certainly make it a regular "trip to the fountain" to refresh on the new court cases and laws that overlay just about everything an employer does in our great state. As we wrap up 2016, here's a quick stroll through some of the highlights with a promise of (likely) more to come next year.