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Pinnacle Employee Services Announces Newly Upgraded Payroll And HR System For 2021

Posted on Wed, Mar 17, 2021

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Bumpy Road Ahead for the Cadillac Tax

Posted on Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Bumpy-roadStarting in 2018, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impose a 40 percent excise tax on the value of “excess benefits” under employer-sponsored health plans if it is not amended or repealed by then. The stated purpose of the tax is two-fold: to raise revenue to support other provisions of the ACA, and to reduce demand for high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage. This tax, referred to as the “Cadillac tax” or “tax on Cadillac plans,” is based on the theory that excessively generous health plans lead healthcare consumers to overuse their benefits, further driving up the costs of healthcare.
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California Enacts Law Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

Posted on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

On Sept. 10, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1522), making California the second state, after Connecticut, to implement paid sick leave state-wide. This law takes effect July 1, 2015, and implements a number of new Labor Code provisions (sections 245 et seq.).

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Tags: Pinnacle Employee Services, Paid Sick Leave, California Paid Sick Leave

Calif.: State Adds ‘Abusive Conduct’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors

Posted on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

Employers subject to California’s mandatory AB 1825 sexual harassment training requirement for supervisors will need to revise their programs to include prevention of “abusive conduct,” following an amendment (AB 2053) to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

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Tags: Sexual Harassment Training, Sexual Harassment Prevention, California Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Pinnacle Employee Systems

OSHA Announces New Injury Reporting Rules

Posted on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule Sept. 11, 2014, revising the requirements for reporting work-related fatality, injury and illness information. The rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements.

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Tags: Pinnacle Employee Services, OSHA, Injury Reporting, PES

San Francisco Bans Box

Posted on Thu, Mar 27, 2014

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, has “banned the box,” the widely used criminal history check box on employment applications. The ordinance makes San Francisco the ninth jurisdiction to enact ban-the-box legislation applicable to private employers. In addition to banning the box, the new San Francisco legislation imposes a host of additional new restrictions on the use of criminal history for employment purposes. These restrictions supplement those already imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and arguably make San Francisco the toughest jurisdiction in the U.S. for employers to use criminal history.

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Tags: Pinnacle Employee Services, San Francisco Bans Box, banned box, criminal background checks, ban the box

FUTA Tax. Not The Business

Posted on Thu, Jan 09, 2014


If you’re a business owner that does business in America, you might be paying higher Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) taxes at year-end and might not even know it. Did you know

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Tags: FUTA, FUTA Tax, UI Tax, Unemployment Tax, Pinnacle Employee Services, Federal Unemployment Tax Act, HR Allen Consulting Services

HR Allen Receives 2013 Best of Citrus Heights Award

Posted on Mon, Dec 16, 2013


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Tags: HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Allen, Best of Citrus Heights, HR Outsourcing, Best Payroll Company, Best HR Outsourcing Company, Payroll Outsourcing, Payroll Processing, Citrus Heights

Kick 9-5 To The Curb! Consider an Alternative Workweek Schedule

Posted on Thu, Jun 13, 2013

From the day we join the workforce, we are trained to think work means 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. This is especially true in California, which swoops in to reward employees with overtime pay when they work over 8 hours a day.  You might be surprised, however, to learn that California allows for some flexibility. Instead of the normal 8 hour day, employers and their workers have the ability to implement an “Alternative Workweek Schedule,” which, if done right, lets employees work more than 8 hours per day, without daily overtime, while putting in fewer days of work per week. 

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Tags: California Employment, Workplace Solutions, Alternative Workweek, AWS, California Labor, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant

Rounding Time Clarified by See's Candy

Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2013

While most employers now use computerized timekeeping and payroll systems, many “round” employees’ time, a practice originating in olden days when time and pay calculations were done by hand.  But is this practice legal?  According to a recent California Court of Appeal decision, See’s Candy Shops, Inc. v. Superior Court, 210 Cal. App. 4th 889 (2012), the answer is an emphatic (and delicious) “yes!” Well, sometimes.

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Tags: California Employment, Time Rounding, Timekeeping, Workplace Solutions, California, HR Allen Consulting Services, HR Informant, payroll