11 California employment law changes for 2020

As the calendar turns to 2020, California has gone live with a number of new laws voted in as bills or ballot initiatives. Some are facing judicial challenges, the outcome of which will determine the nature of their final implementation. But for now, employers may want to familiarize themselves with some of the most widely applicable and most impactful new laws. AB-5: 'the freelancer law' AB-5 established a set of parameters for employers looking to label workers as independent contractors — instead employees — called the "ABC test." "What California has done is set the default to employee, leaving the burden upon the entity that views the relationship different than the employee to establish the criteria that is set forth," Mark Pearce, distinguished lecturer and executive director of Georgetown University Law Center's Workers' Rights Institute and former chair of the National Labor Relations Board, told HR Dive.

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Modern HR Software Solutions Introduce New Features to Enhance Workplace Efficiency in 2024

Factorial | February 05, 2024

With the New Year underway, many businesses are reevaluating their HR software solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the evolving HR management landscape. Gartner data highlights that businesses frequently replace HR software due to system inefficiencies, missing features, and reliability concerns. Key reasons for dissatisfaction include inefficiency (34%), insufficient functionality (29%), and unreliability (13%). In response to these challenges, modern HR software solutions are offering five new features designed to enhance efficiency within its software AI-powered Applicant Tracking System : New AI-powered Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to streamline the traditional CV screening process, a major bottleneck in recruitment. This innovative feature allows hiring managers to assess applications based on various criteria such as company values, job descriptions, CVs, offer letters, and custom questions. The result is a significant reduction in screening time, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation process. Geofencing Precision: Geofencing Precision addresses challenges faced by organizations with multiple locations or flexible policies. By incorporating geofencing capabilities into its time-tracking features, HR software solutions help prevent unauthorized overtime, a key contributor to increased labor costs and decreased workforce productivity. This enhancement allows HR leaders to enforce accurate clock-ins at designated workplaces, thereby reducing labor costs and enhancing employee accountability. Insights V2 Data Analytics. Insights V2 provides organizations with comprehensive data for informed decision-making. Users can now filter company data using multiple parameters, simplifying the process of checking and exporting valuable metrics in real-time. This timely and accurate insight is crucial for strategic decision-making. Time-Saving Documentation: Time-Saving Documentation enables users to pre-fill forms with document templates and fillable PDFs. This streamlined process, combined with personalized data, enhances efficiency for employees verifying information, meeting the growing demand for tools that simplify administrative processes. Seamless Payroll Integration: HR software solutions are seamlessly integrating payroll and benefits administration with HR management processes. This aims to enhance organizational efficiency by reducing manual errors, improving accuracy, and fostering collaboration between HR and finance departments. Recognizing this, Factorial, a leading provider of HR software solutions, is introducing innovative features from AI-powered applicant tracking to payroll integration. Jordi Romero, Co-founder and CEO of Factorial, emphasizes, "These new features reflect our dedication to empowering HR teams globally. By harnessing the power of technology, we aim to transform the way organizations approach human resources, fostering efficiency, collaboration, and success." As businesses strive for greater efficiency and effectiveness in the new year, Factorial is committed to providing support and solutions. About Factorial Founded in 2016, Factorial offers people-centric solutions for HR teams, automating processes so they have more time to dedicate to the people within their organization. With over 75,000 users across 65+ countries, Factorial serves clients such as KFC, Booking.com, and Whisbi. Factorial became Europe's newest Unicorn in 2022 following a Series C investment round.

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HireRight Receives Non-Binding Acquisition Proposal from General Atlantic and Stone Point Capital

HireRight | December 12, 2023

HireRight Holdings Corporation a leading provider of global background screening services and workforce solutions, announced that it has received a non-binding proposal from General Atlantic, L.P. (“General Atlantic”) and Stone Point Capital LLC (“Stone Point”), and their respective affiliated funds (collectively, the “Sponsors”), to acquire all of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock that are not already owned by the Sponsors for $12.75 in cash per share. The board of directors of the Company previously formed a special committee of independent directors (the “Special Committee”) to evaluate and consider any potential or actual transaction proposal from the Sponsors and any other alternative proposals or other strategic alternatives that may be available to the Company. There can be no assurance that any definitive agreement will result from the proposal submitted by the Sponsors or that any transaction will be consummated. The Company and the Special Committee do not intend to comment further about this proposal unless and until they deem further disclosure is appropriate. A copy of the Sponsors’ proposal letter is available as an exhibit to General Atlantic and Stone Point’s statements of beneficial ownership on Schedule 13D/A as publicly filed on Friday, December 8, 2023, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. About HireRight HireRight is a leading global provider of technology-driven workforce risk management and compliance solutions. We provide comprehensive background screening, verification, identification, monitoring, and drug and health screening services for approximately 37,000 customers across the globe. We offer our services via a unified global software and data platform that tightly integrates into our customers’ human capital management systems enabling highly effective and efficient workflows for workforce hiring, onboarding, and monitoring. In 2022, we screened over 24 million job applicants, employees and contractors for our customers and processed over 107 million screens.

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Employee Engagement

Empathy And Carallel Partner To Empower Employers In Providing Holistic Support For Employee Caregivers

Empathy | December 15, 2023

Empathy, the comprehensive support system for loss helping families navigate all its emotional and logistical challenges, announced a new partnership with Carallel, the leading provider of holistic support, guidance and assistance for family caregivers. Progressive, family-oriented employers will gain access to a unique blend of tools and services which empower their employees to navigate the intricate landscapes of both caregiving and grief. This collaboration will provide continuity of care for both the caregiving population and those who have experienced loss. More than 53 million Americans support a loved one as a family caregiver, and 61% of them are employed. Caregiving affects every facet of an employee's life, including their mental and physical health (57% report clinically significant levels of depression, stress and anxiety), work capacity (80% of caregiving employees said caregiving impacted their work productivity) and absenteeism (missing up to 12 hours of work each month due to caregiving responsibilities). Stress intensifies when the loved one they care for passes away. Dealing with the tasks associated with loss can take families over 12 months to handle, and costs them on average $12,702. The burden is amplified for those balancing a full time job,with 43% of employees reporting difficulties concentrating at work in the period after their loss, while also suffering from symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, and memory issues, which can persist for months. Together, Empathy and Carallel offer a comprehensive solution to help employers reduce healthcare costs, improve productivity and effectiveness, and increase retention by addressing the holistic needs of employees through every stage of caregiving and grief. Carallel's approach seamlessly blends live support from compassionate, expert Care Advocates with comprehensive digital tools and resources to create personalized plans that boost caregiver resilience. It is through this caregiver-centered, holistic approach that Carallel is able to provide caregivers emotional support, targeted guidance and practical assistance across a wide range of caregiving needs — from disability care to elder care and beyond. With a similar approach, Empathy extends Carallel's offering, enabling employers to provide human-centered, tech-powered support to employees who have suffered a loss. Empathy's award-winning platform is complemented by a full-fledged Care Team, including on-demand Care Managers, who provide personalized step-by-step guidance through all the emotional and practical challenges of loss. This partnership will enable employers to have more streamlined contracting and a more seamless experience for employees, facilitating continuity of care for families throughout all of life's greatest challenges. "Empathy shares Carallel's core mission of making big life challenges easier by addressing them holistically — both emotionally and practically. We are committed to providing a seamless and comprehensive experience for employees navigating the challenges of caregiving and bereavement," said Shara Cohen, CEO of Carallel. "This is a truly interconnected collaboration — applying similar philosophies to intertwined life experiences. By doing so, we are reshaping the landscape of workplace well-being to elevate the overall welfare of caregivers and those in their care. "Employees juggling caregiving responsibilities with their full-time work commitments often find themselves particularly challenged when coping with the loss of a loved one," said Ron Gura, Co-Founder and CEO of Empathy. "By partnering with Carallel, a leader in providing assistance and guidance for caregivers, we empower employers to offer holistic, full-circle support that encompasses both caregiving and bereavement as integral employee benefits. With this approach, employers can ensure continuity of care through life's most difficult moments." About Empathy Empathy is the comprehensive support system for loss, offering bereaved families holistic guidance and care for all of the administrative, emotional, legal, and financial challenges they face after their loved one passes away. Empathy's award-winning app and care team are trusted by leading employers and insurance carriers to support their employees and beneficiaries through life's greatest challenges, saving them time, money, and stress. Headquartered in New York and recognized as a Top Digital Health Company by CB Insights, as well as a Most Innovative Company by FastCompany, Empathy has raised $43 million in funding from leading investors including General Catalyst, Aleph VC, and Entrée Capital.

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Auto Group Creates Culture of Trust and Belonging with UKG

UKG | January 04, 2024

UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, workforce management, and culture solutions for all people, announced that Heartland Motor Company, the family-owned parent company for a group of auto dealerships and car washes, is transforming its workplace culture to create a great place to work by building a foundation of trust and belonging with the help of the AI-powered UKG Pro suite. With a mission to create remarkable experiences for its people and the communities it serves, Heartland Motor Company partnered with UKG to empower frontline staff through innovative technology that gives employees a voice to communicate and collaborate with each other and leadership. “I’ve never experienced an HCM solution with as much engagement power as UKG,” said Tina Barte, vice president of HR for Heartland Motor Company. “UKG has generated amazing outcomes for our people with technology that allows us to meet them where they are by soliciting feedback — and then taking action on that feedback — to elevate our culture and build trust as well as a deepened sense of belonging.” Since going live on Pro, Heartland has received positive feedback from employees through regular surveys powered by modern AI and natural language processing (NLP) technology that help the auto dealer understand what is working and where there are opportunities to create an even better experience, no matter where employees are located. “We consistently receive glowing feedback on our onboarding process, driven by our UKG suite, and how the automation of previously manual tasks shows respect for our employees’ time,” said Barte. “We can also automatically schedule performance reviews in UKG and deliver meaningful manager feedback, which has been a big driver of employee engagement. Additionally, we’ve used the responses from exit surveys to raise our wage scales and change our vacation policy and benefits so we’re better supporting our people.” To further engage employees, in line with its great place to work mission, Heartland recently upgraded to UKG AI-powered workforce management, which gives employees access to mobile-first technology that provides greater flexibility and work-life balance. “Our employees love the ability to clock in and out of shifts with their phones, which is something we didn’t have with our prior solution,” said Barte. “For our HR team, UKG makes leave tracking easy for FMLA and other types of leave.” Barte noted that Pro makes work easier for all by empowering employees in every role to focus on meaningful work for themselves and the business, which has led to an overall increase in retention and engagement. “With UKG HR service delivery, we know we are processing every employee inquiry, and with document management, we have created a centralized electronic system that administrators and employees both find easy to use,” said Barte. “UKG has done a phenomenal job launching products that make life easier for everyone and allow us to communicate clearly with employees in support of our great workplace culture.” “Great workplaces like Heartland Motor Company prove that innovative HR technology increases productivity, lowers turnover, and grows the bottom line,” said Hugo Sarrazin, chief product and technology officer at UKG. “Most importantly, the power of AI, coupled with a deep focus on creating a workplace where all people feel heard, valued, and a sense of belonging, leads to incredible people and business outcomes.” About UKG At UKG, our purpose is people. We are on a mission to inspire every organization to become a great place to work through HCM technology built for all. More than 80,000 customers across all sizes, industries, and geographies trust UKG HR, payroll, workforce management, and culture cloud solutions to drive great workplace experiences and make better, more confident people and business decisions. With the world’s largest collection of people data, work data, and culture data combined with rich experience using artificial intelligence in the service of people, we connect culture insights with business outcomes to show what’s possible when organizations invest in their people.

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