California Resources for Employers and Workers Impacted By COVID-19

We had put together this list of resources and assistance provided by the State of California for employers and workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the Shelter-In-Place ordinance. (Click and zoom in on the image below to view in full) As more local administrative bodies develop more resources, we plan on updating this list… Read more »

Are Engineers Exempt From California’s AB-5 Law?

  When AB-5 was enacted on Jan. 1st, the law which added restrictions on how workers can be identified as independent contractors – Or 1099s – had additional language which exempt engineers. But does that mean ALL engineers are exempted? With the AB-5implementation, all 1099 workers must meet the ABC Test criteria, with the exception… Read more »

California Arbitration Law Put On Hold

  Among the laws that were predicted to impact employers in 2020 is AB-51. This bill was written to restrict employers from forcing employees to mandatorily sign arbitration agreements. This article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) discusses recent developments on the implementation of AB-51: The fate of a California bill that restricts… Read more »

Has the new AB-5 law put you in the same boat as Lyft or Uber?

As of Jan. 1, 2020, AB-5 has been enacted in the state of California – which restricts employers from classifying workers as independent contractors (more commonly known as 1099s) if they do not meet the ABC Test Standards. The passage of AB-5 makes all businesses who regularly engage workers as 1099s – especially those in the gig economy such as Lyft… Read more »

ABC Test Passed Into Law… What Happens Now?

  With the passage of AB-5 into law, businesses need to review if the workers they engaged as Independent Contractors meet the standards of the ABC Test. On September 18, 2019, the state of California passed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 into law, which uses the ABC Test as the standard for classifying workers as independent… Read more »

Debunking 5 Myths About Contract Employment

Due to news coverage of Google’s treatment of contract workers, contract employment has developed a negative impression among job seekers We address the Top 5 misconceptions about working as a contract employee In 2019, news outlets such as the New York Times and Bloomberg have written about contract workers being treated as “second-tier” employees in… Read more »

U.S. OR CALIFORNIA – Which 1099 Criteria Should Employers Use?

  California’s “ABC Test” and the U.S. Federal Agencies’ “Common Law Rules” have presented employers with conflicting standards on how to engage with workers as independent contractors. To prevent worker misclassification penalties, businesses should supplement their work force by leveraging staffing firms to hire workers as W-2 employees. In 2019, the State of California and… Read more »

How Much Does Your Employee Truly Cost?

Employees can cost a business 18-26% more on top of their base salary in taxes and benefits Last January 31st, employers across the U.S. have distributed their employees’ W-2 form which states their wages and tax withholding. What those W-2 forms don’t show are the employer’s contribution towards taxes and benefits that they pay on… Read more »

Why Is It So Hard To Hire Mechanical Engineers?

  Engineering talents are scarce, yet surprising data shows that hiring Mechanical Engineers takes the longest compared to their counterparts. With unemployment hovering under 4%, hiring in general is difficult – and hiring for Mechanical Engineers is even more challenging. In a study made by Workable.com, engineering jobs take the longest time to fill. In… Read more »

Tight Labor Market = Unconventional Benefits On The Rise

In a historically tight labor market, employers are trying to compete in hiring (and keeping) top talents by offering more unconventional benefits. Multiple studies have confirmed that what drives workers to shift jobs are for benefits that promote a better work-life balance, rather than just for better pay. In a Glassdoor.com survey on the importance… Read more »