February 2016 Archives

What employees should know about the Zika virus

The Zika virus, a disease linked to birth defects, has garnered headlines in the past few weeks because of how it may become an epidemic. It is reportedly transmitted through mosquito bites and has been linked to several South American countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged women planning on getting pregnant to avoid travelling to nearly a dozen countries in the southern hemisphere.

HSR Partner Randy Renick to Discuss Recent Federal Court Ruling on Tip Sharing

HSR Partner Randy Renick will be on 89.3 KPCC today at noon to discuss the recent federal court ruling barring business from forcing waiters, bartenders and other staff to split tips with back-of-house employees such as bussers, cooks, and dishwashers.

Top handbook revisions for 2016

As we have noted in prior posts, the job market is expected to improve throughout the year, which means that employers will continue to hire new employees as their needs increase. Because of this, employee handbooks will likely be updated and workers will need to understand how new policies affect them. This post will highlight the most common updates to handbooks in 2016.

Job growth influences increases in workers' wages

Despite the doom and gloom created by the stock market’s lackluster performance in January, the job market posted another positive month. With the 151,000 job added last month, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. This is arguably a far cry from the 10 percent rate that saddled the economy in 2009. And it is a sign that America’s economy is gaining strength despite slowdowns in other major economies; particularly China.

How older workers can overcome employment myths

As we noted in a prior post, the job market is expected to improve as the economy improves. Indeed, this remains to be seen, and January’s job report will be presented soon. But assuming that the job market improves, it is likely that more people over the age of 40 will be entering the market.

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