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Preventing Harassment in the Hospitality Workplace

In our neck of the woods, hospitality is a driving force in our economy. Whether you’re a hotel or a restaurant, the hospitality industry has a diverse group of employees who work with customers directly every day. Taking a look at any headlines from the past several months and there have

Cyber Liability – Are you Safe Without It?

Cyber Liability: Questions to Ask About Your Coverage We’ve all heard the stories of overseas hackers breaking into networks to steal credit card numbers, and other private information. The fact of the matter is, it’s happening with increasing frequency, and even though you think your network is protected by passwords and

IRS: Vast Majority of Independent Contractors are Mislabeled

Forbes reports that the IRS is taking a much closer look at workers labeled as “independent contractors,” and that could mean potential trouble for employers. When employers pay independent contractors, there’s no income tax withholding, no employment taxes – it’s the responsibility of the worker to pay taxes. Even assuming that

Dual Wage Disaster – WCIRB Considers Rate Threshhold Increases

If you’re a subcontracting company for excavation, plastering, stucco and sewer construction, you may be seeing a huge increase in your Workers’ Comp premiums next year. Here’s why: A proposed change to the dual wage classification system is going before the Governing Committee in August. If the insurance commissioner adopts the

Workers’ Comp Rates on the Rise — Again?

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) has determined that six months after a 37% increase in the advisory Pure Premium Rate another 9.1% should be added. The Workers' Comp Executive broke this story. FLASH REPORT! 9.1% Increase In Pure Premium Rates Employers in California are going to be very unhappy with the

The Connection Between Steven Tyler and Your Work Comp Rates

Recently I listened to an interview of Steven Tyler (yes, the front person for Aerosmith and now an American Idol judge). The discussion involved his 2009 stage fall and subsequent damage to his shoulder which contributed to the cancellation of the band's tour. Tyler expressed rage following the incident at his

Crackdown on California Underground Economy

On December 29th 2011 the Department of Insurance in California released the following bulletin. Employers who have operated honestly and with integrity toward their employees have struggled to compete against individuals operating business on a cash basis. A few of these legitimate business owners have succumbed to the illegal operations.

Free Webinar: 2012 National Labor Relations Board Posting Requirements

On January 12th, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM PST the Work Law Network will be providing a no-cost webinar regarding the 2012 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) posting requirements. The Work Law Network is an international network of more than 350 management-side labor and employment attorneys dedicated to providing quality

A Matter of Taste

The insurance industry is filled with great stories. In a recent claim, an artist added egg yolk with paint as a binder to add richness to the colors. The finished painting was "comic art". The art dealer put the consigned painting in his home office. The dealer’s dog decided it wanted

No Cost Central Coast Safety Update Seminar with Cal OSHA

Is Your Business OSHA Compliant? How Much Could You Owe in Fines? January 1st 2011 AB2774 is in force. Are you familiar with the requirements? Van Beurden Insurance Services, Inc. Presents: JIM LOPES of CAL/OSHA CONSULTATION June 23, 2011 - 9:00 am to 11:30 am Oxford Suites 651 Five Cities Drive Pismo Beach, CA 93449 9:00 am to 11:30 am No