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 »

Manufacturing Labor Pains Continue

A study made by Tooling U, a training subsidiary of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), said it’s time for manufacturing employers to pay better attention to the workforce crisis that is taking place within the industry. It was already reported last year that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs are expected to stay unfilled over the… 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 »

California Trade Shows For Engineers

California is an attractive destination for manufacturing and technology trade shows. With over 36,000 manufacturing companies and roughly 1.3 million working within the sector, manufacturing suppliers and service providers clamor to exhibit in California trade shows to have face-to-face interactions with prospective buyers. Here’s a list of California trade shows engineers would want to attend: … Read more »