California small business owners continue to work hard to make and keep their businesses profitable and growing. The good news is that the economy appears to be heading in the right direction and consumer spending is increasing. However, despite the positive signs for continued progress, government intervention may be unwittingly slowing growth through regulation overload. Many small business owners are concerned and are feeling the squeeze as it becomes increasingly difficult to operate successfully in the State of California. The business climate, economic conditions and ever increasing operational costs are difficult enough to overcome, but when added to the constant barrage of ever-changing California employment laws, many small business owners are constantly just trying to catch up.
To be clear, we are all for ensuring that employees get fair pay, are protected from harassment and discrimination, and maintain their rights in the workplace. However, the rate at which employment laws in California are added and modified is making it difficult to keep pace, especially for small business owners. Hopefully, California legislators will reflect on the business impact of each employment law, and modify or implement them at a reasonable pace in order to encourage small business growth.
By the end of the 2014 legislative session, at least twenty-four (24) employment-related bills were submitted to and signed by Governor Brown. Many of these laws were to be implemented on or before July 1, 2015, with several more to go into effect in 2016. Some of these laws create significant policy changes and could open unsuspecting business owners to non-compliance issues and potential legal liability, In addition, several of these laws may increase operational and benefits costs. The multitude of new California laws have left many small business owners scrambling to comply with one set of regulations only to find recent modifications have again changed the standard.
Many of these laws and the resulting policies affect hiring, pay, benefits and many other employment processes. These changes fall under the umbrella of human resources. Unfortunately a substantial number of small businesses do not have a staff person dedicated to human resources and may have difficulty understanding or implementing the new policies. In fact, simply finding or interpreting the new laws can be confusing. The critical questions for small business owners are: what do the laws mean? And how will they impact my business?
Small business owners can get the answers.
In an effort to assist small businesses in understanding and complying with the most critical of these new laws, Back Office Support Solutions (BOSS) and the Law Offices of Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos, LLP (LGC) have joined forces to co-sponsor a free and informative human resources seminar.
The “Real Talk” Small Business/Employer Seminar will be held on October 22, 2015 from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. at 550 West “C” Street, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101. This HR strategic seminar will take an in-depth look at several of the most critical employment law changes and their influence on human resources and regulatory compliance in San Diego. The objective is to enhance attendees’ understanding of the laws, their impact and create effective compliance strategies.
The seminar, complete with continental breakfast, is free to small business owners and senior managers in the Greater San Diego area. The workshop is business-casual and will provide opportunity for an informative and engaging exchange.
Don’t miss the opportunity to get “Real Talk” answers. Join us as human resources and legal experts discuss how to avoid pitfalls and comply with the new California employment laws. The human resource forum is free, but attendance is limited.
Any information provided must not be relied upon for any specific situation which requires a private consultation with a qualified professional.
“Real Talk” Small Business/Employer Seminar
Downtown San Diego
550 West “C” Street,
San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 AM
Call BOSS at 619-363-3009 or visit us at: backofficesupportsolutions.com
This article was written by: Ricardo H. Correia, Human Resource Manager for Back Office Support Solutions.