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Innovative Business Solutions Blog

New CA Parental Leave Law

On January 1st, 2018, a new Parental Leave Law takes effect in California. The law applies to employers with 20+ employees and covers employees who are not eligible for Family Medical Leave (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA).  (more…)...


New CA Recruiting Laws

Two new California laws are taking effect, on January 1, 2018, that restrict what information employers can request during the hiring process. Employers will no longer be able to inquire about an applicant’s salary history, or conduct conviction related background checks without a contingent employment offer. (more…)...


2018 Exempt Classification Rate Changes

In order for an employee to be exempt from overtime pay, certain requirements must be met. One of those requirements is related to the employee’s hourly rate of pay. The required minimum rate for exemption is determined annually on October 1st by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The DIR uses the analysis of the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CCPI) to determine any needed changes. (more…)...


Unemployment Insurance Benefit – One Week Waiting Period Suspended

Here at Innovative, our hearts go out to our community, all of our clients, their employees and families during this challenging time. As some of the shock and smoke of last week’s fire dies down, many of those affected are now focusing on how to begin rebuilding their lives. An important next step for people, employed by companies who closed due to the fires, is to apply for Unemployment Insurance(UI).     Over the last few days, we have received several inquiries into how soon employees can apply for UI benefits, and the answer is – RIGHT ...


Emergencies and the Workplace

Emergencies and the Workplace: How Employers can support their staff     “Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.”   Fires are raging across Sonoma and Napa County. Many homes and business have been destroyed. There seems to be no one who has not been touched or affected by this tragedy in some way.   It is more important than ever that community bands together and support each other during this uncertain time. The best way...


The Benefit of Feeling Valued During Open Enrollment

Spring is the perfect time to do some preplanning on work projects. A good place to start is your next open enrollment. Many HR professionals dread enrollment season, viewing it as an administrative headache. Use this time and your experience to make this year’s enrollment a breeze. Make it as smooth as possible for your team, your Broker, your Carriers and especially for your employees. By having the enrollment be easy on the user end, your employees will feel valued, knowing that the company made the effort to make the process seamless. (more…)...


Performance Reviews – Worth It?

Many employers view performance reviews as a pain. They seem unproductive or don’t achieve the goals for which they were designed. It can also be a stressful and unpleasant experience for both managers and employees. Managers struggle to find time to create meaningful content for each employee, while employees may not absorb managers’ feedback because they are anxious about how the review impacts their compensation. This begs the question, are performance reviews still worthwhile? (more…)...


Revised Form I-9— Begin Using By January 22, 2017

As of January 22, 2017, employers must begin using the most recent revised version of the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form). You can find it here. The edition date of the latest version is 11/14/2016 and will be the only accepted version; all previous versions will become invalid after January 21, 2017. You can locate the edition date on the bottom left hand corner of the form itself. The current version has an expiration date of August 31st, 2019. (more…)...


Update to the Federal Overtime Law: Final Rule Not So Final

On November 22nd a Texas federal judge blocked the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) revised overtime rule that would raise the required annual salary threshold for overtime exemption from $23,660 to $47,476.   (more…)...


How Are You Prepping for ACA?

The Affordable Care Act reporting deadline is approaching and as far we know, there will be no extensions on filing deadlines for year 2016. How are you preparing? ACA reporting can seem overwhelming and daunting, however there are a few best practices your company can implement to create a manageable and straightforward process. (more…)...