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"Final" DOL Rule Clarifying Employee vs Independent Contractor Status

Effective March 8, 2021, the Department of Labor enacted a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule was published on January 7, 2021.

AB 685 COVID-19 Reporting Requirements Effective 01-01-21

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the State of California is working to enforce elements of COVID-19 management and controls. At this time, you may be aware of SB 1159 which requires employers to report employee COVID-19 cases to their workers compensation claims administrator. Another reporting bill, AB 685, goes into effect on January 1, 2021.

2021: Opportunities in Every Challenge

The Tubbs Fire that incinerated our Santa Rosa home in 2017 also underscored that  “Opportunity lies in every challenge.”

Our unexpected, three-year, post-fire journey was steeped in adventure, opportunities, and a most incredible deepening of relationships on so very many levels.

This year, we finally moved back into a new, fully updated version of our home. Sometimes the whole thing seems like a dream.

But it certainly was not a dream!

A Powerful Way To Find Opportunity in "Change"

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On May 29, 2019, Professor Jonathan L. Walton, challenged Harvard's graduating class regarding "change". He said, "Change is inevitable. Growth and maturity are optional."

Change has power.

It can ignite fear. There are always unknown outcomes that may or may not occur. Sometimes change comes wrapped in tremendous adversity and loss.

But change also has equal power to do incredible good. In fact, every change brings with it, seeds of great opportunity.  

So why do so many miss the opportunity?

New 1-Hour Virtual Training for Total Team Alignment in 2021

Total team alignment is the idea that the entire team from the most entry-level employees to the CEO share a common vision and goal for the company. They work collaboratively to accomplish each goal while maintaining a sense of transparency and accountability across departments.

2020 has been a mental test of fortitude for all of us. It massively shifted our “normal”…we’re living with masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing, illness, and death. Many of us are both shut-in and shutdown.

Newly Released Cal/OSHA COVID Standards will be Enforced

Below is a quick overview of the newly released COVID-19 OSHA requirements. Cal/OSHA has indicated it plans to take enforcement action based on the new standards. As a result, employers need to critically review any existing COVID-19 policies and procedures and bring them in line with these new regulations.

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