Happy New Year. I started the Friday’s Five articles in the summer of 2014, and the interest in the articles has been more than I expected. I appreciate everyone who has read them and provided comments and feedback. If you have any topics you would like me to address, please let me know. With that said, here is a list of five resolutions for California employers in 2018:
1. Relax – Still need to make sure your employees are taking their meal and rest breaks.
2. Train – All supervisors must be trained to comply with California’s required sexual harassment prevention training for employers with 50 or more employees.
Since 2015 the training must discuss bullying in the workplace to be legally compliant, and as of January 1, 2018, the training also needs to cover harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
3. Read – Update employment handbook policies on a yearly basis.
2018 has a few new laws that should be addressed the employee handbook and new hire packets.
4. Run – Sorry, no play on words with this one, you just need to get outside and run a bit.
5. Organize – and keep employment files, time records and wage information for at least the length of any applicable statute of limitations.
Employers should review their systems to ensure there is a process in place on how to organize and maintain employment information for the required time periods, it is required under the law and can help defend the company should litigation ensue.
A final more bonus resolution:
Learn – more by attending my webinars on California employment laws to stay up to date.
In the next month, I will be hosting a seminar on the new laws facing employers in 2018 and what steps should be taken to comply. The date is still to be determined, but drop me an email if you are interested and I make sure you are notified once we set the date and location.
Wishing you the best in 2018!