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 »

How Robot-Proof Is Your Engineering Job?

  A new report from the World Economic Forum stated that as many as 50% of all workers are at risk of losing their jobs to automation. Mechanical Engineers have a low rate of the possible robotic takeover at 1.1% probability. In December 2019, the World Economic Forum and international Think Tank, The Century Foundation,… Read more »

It’s That Time Of Year: MD&M Time!

February is MD&M time – and we are super excited! (Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day are OK too 😉). This year we are very much looking forward to visiting with many of our medical device clients and consultants at the show. One, in particular, is PROTOTEK – A long time SoloPoint client who is well-known… Read more »

Cool Devices Seen At CES 2020

CES is the biggest gathering of consumer technology companies and tech aficionados from all over the world. The 4-day conference kicked off on January 7 and was held in 11 different venues in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s CES spans more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space and features 36 product categories… Read more »

2020: New Year, New Laws

  January 1st rang in the New Year, as well as the new laws that took effect in California which will impact how businesses classify, pay and onboard workers. Here are the most significant laws that were enacted at the beginning of the year: AB-5: The AB-5 Law imposes a stricter standard in classifying workers… 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 »

PTC Acquires Onshape

On November 1st, 2019, renowned CAD developer, PTC, broadcasted the following: “PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Onshape, developer of the Onshape® Software as a Service (SaaS) product development platform that unites robust computer aided design (CAD) software with powerful data management and collaboration tools. The acquisition positions PTC to… Read more »

What Does 3.6% Unemployment Mean For Employers and Job Seekers?

The tight labor market is forcing employers to be more creative in attracting top talent and puts job seekers firmly in the driver’s seat. The October 2019 report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that unemployment remains at 3.6%. This marks the 20th month of unemployment being below 4%. The state of California,… Read more »