11 California employment law changes for 2020

HR Dive | January 23, 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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Lowes Manhattan, a leading and proudly Australian-owned menswear retailer, celebrated its 120th year of business in 2018. With 200 stores nationwide, Lowes is a business “built on integrity, forward planning, and financial success”. This emphasis on being future-focused is evident in their recruitment practices too. Since jumping onboard Expr3ss! in 2016, Lowes has received more than 82,000 unique job applications.


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New Digital Skills Index from Salesforce Reveals 76% of Global Workers Say They Are Unequipped for the Future of Work

Salesforce | January 27, 2022

Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, today published its new Global Digital Skills Index, revealing a growing global digital skills crisis and an urgent need for action. The Salesforce Index is based on over 23,000 workers in 19 countries reporting their readiness to acquire key digital skills. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) don't feel equipped to learn the digital skills needed by businesses now and even more (76%) don't feel equipped for the future. Despite 82% of survey respondents planning to learn new skills in the next five years, only 28% are actively involved in digital skills learning and training programs now. The global digital skills gap This gap is a concern – but it also presents an opportunity. With companies around the world rapidly transitioning to digital-first models, the demand for employees with digital skills has soared. The Salesforce Index's overall global score for digital readiness, assessed in terms of preparedness, skill level, access, and active participation in digital upskilling, is currently only 33 out of 100. The countries represented in the survey ranged from scores of 63 to 15, highlighting that while certain countries feel more digitally ready than others, there is an urgent need for global investment to close the digital skills gap and build a more inclusive workforce. Everyday digital skills don't translate to the workplace Everyday skills such as social media and web navigation don't necessarily translate to the core workplace digital skills needed by business to drive recovery, resilience, and growth. More than two thirds of all Gen Z respondents (64%) say they have advanced social media skills — supporting the stereotype of digital mastery among the younger generation — but less than a third (31%) believe they have the advanced digital workplace skills needed by businesses now. Generational skills gap However, the Salesforce Index also reveals that younger respondents have the greatest confidence and ambition to learn new skills — over one-third of Gen Z is actively learning and training for skills needed over the next five years compared to 12% of Baby Boomers. The most important digital skills needed by businesses today According to the Salesforce Index, skills in collaboration technology are viewed as the most important digital workplace skill for workers today and over the next five years. But despite respondents' prowess with everyday collaboration technology like social media, only 25% rate themselves advanced in those collaboration technology skills needed specifically for the workplace. Business has a critical role to play Now more than ever, businesses have a responsibility to act to address the growing global skills gap. Salesforce is committed to investing in the future workforce through its diverse set of workforce development programs, including: Trailblazer Community, a global network of 15 million people across the Salesforce ecosystem who help each other learn new skills and succeed with Salesforce. Trailhead, Salesforce's free online learning platform which has helped more than 3.9 million people skill up for the future of work. Pathfinder Training Program, a workforce development program that prepares individuals with the technical, business, and soft skills needed to pursue a career in the Salesforce ecosystem. Salesforce Military, which offers free online training classes and certification exams at no cost for active-duty military, veterans, and military spouses. Salesforce also connects participants with potential employers. Salesforce Talent Alliance, an initiative that connects Salesforce partner companies to job candidates trained on Salesforce through Trailhead and brings new talent into the fast-growing ecosystem. Trailblazer Connect, which helps people connect to mentorship and career opportunities through events and online resources. Comments on the news "There's a gap between the frontier of innovation and the skills necessary to use those innovations, That in itself, is not new. But what is new, is the scope of that innovation, how widespread it is, how it has diffused in every aspect of life. It is hard to do almost anything these days without some form of digital interaction." -Peter Schwartz, SVP, Strategic Planning and Chief Futures Officer, Salesforce. "At Salesforce, we've made it our mission to empower anyone to learn and harness the digital-first skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow, We are building critical pathways to the new economy by enabling anyone to build a dynamic career, company, and community with Salesforce." -Kris Lande, SVP, Marketing & Community, Salesforce.

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Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces Helps Connect Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area Businesses

Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces | May 19, 2022

While companies throughout the Washington, D.C. area look for new ways to maintain productivity, innovation, and connection in remote work settings, Office Evolution provides them with the perfect solution. The coworking provider is continuing to address demand and help both small businesses and entrepreneurs in Virginia by offering them affordable coworking spaces close to home. According to fairfaxcountyeda.org, more than 90 percent of local businesses in Northern Virginia are small ones, showcasing how important having flexible workspaces closer to home is for the area. The brand currently has four local Virginia locations in key business hubs, including Herndon, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, and Arlington-Rosslyn. "In northern Virginia, we make it convenient for local, small businesses to easily find office space, With locations throughout the area, businesses can easily tap into our flexible workspace options and secure the space they need to be successful. Each one of our franchise owners and Office Evolution members are a part of our Ohana – Hawaiian for family, That means we work together to collaborate and help support each other. Washington, D.C., and surrounding suburbs benefit from our collaborative community of entrepreneurs who have found a space where they can connect and thrive." -Mark Hemmeter, Founder and CEO of Office Evolution. Members benefit from being part of a nation-wide network of coworking locations where they have access to 73 other business locations in 25 states when travelling. Office Evolution is part of United Franchise Group's Coworks division which provides the largest privately owned affiliated coworking network of flexible office space franchises in the world. Office Evolution's network of locally operated locations provides remote workers and business owners with access to affordable workspace close to home with flexible terms. These spaces are where innovation happens and business performance is enhanced. Businesses of all sizes are shifting their focus towards flexible workspaces to get out of the home while avoiding the expenses and restrictions inherent in traditional office space. This transition from traditional workspaces to more flexible options in suburban markets has positioned Office Evolution perfectly for growth. "Office Evolution is the ideal solution for companies and entrepreneurs alike, People are looking for the amenities of a downtown office but want to work close to home. Now that travel for business is back, having access to a large network of flexible office space is a strategic advantage, especially in influential areas like Virginia and Washington DC." -Jason Anderson, President of Coworks. About Office Evolution Office Evolution® (OE), a shared workspace – coworking environment, cultivated on the principles of 'Ohana', the Hawaiian tradition referencing family working towards a common goal. OE was founded in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado by Mark Hemmeter a lifelong entrepreneur and real estate enthusiast from Hawaii. In 2022, Office Evolution joined Coworks™ the largest privately held affiliated coworking franchise network on the planet, associated with United Franchise Group™ (UFG), a successful community of affiliated brands and consultants. Office Evolution is serious about supporting small business owners – the Dreamers, Risk-Takers and Doers who dare to chase their passions. About Coworks Coworks™ specializes in franchising within the coworking industry, offering solutions, expertise, and shared service options within the flexible workspace franchise community. Part of the United Franchise Group™ (UFG) family of affiliated brands and consultants, Coworks was founded in 2021 by Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, with the express intention of building a framework to connect a variety of coworking brands, services, and amenities within the coworking industry, providing the largest privately owned affiliated franchise network of flexible, professional, and shared office space options on the planet.

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Leading EOR and HXM Platform Strengthens C-Suite with Strategic Leadership Hires

Atlas | June 14, 2022

Atlas, a global Human Experience Management (HXM) technology company that simplifies global expansion with unified software and solutions, including Employer of Record (EOR), expands its executive leadership team with the addition of two strategic hires: Ruairi Kelleher as general manager (GM) of Europe, and Michelle Mesina as chief people officer (CPO). As GM of Europe, Ruairi Kelleher will lead Atlas' business operations and oversee expanded development within the region. As CPO, Michelle Mesina will direct Atlas' internal people strategy to deepen global impact while cultivating rewarding employee experiences for an increasingly diverse workforce. "Strengthening our foundational leadership team is essential as Atlas continues to evolve our best-in-class HXM technology solution to meet the demands of our customers and launch us into our next phase of growth, The addition of Ruairi reflects our commitment to meeting the increased demand for global expansion solutions in the untapped market of Europe. Additionally, Michelle's extensive experience in organizational design, cultural alignment and employee wellbeing, will further enhance Atlas' reputation as a purpose-driven employer." -Rick Hammell, CEO of Atlas. Kelleher brings more than 15 years of experience building and scaling innovative companies via operations, technology, strategy, revenue and M&A activity. Prior to joining Atlas, he served as CEO at global payroll technology company Immedis where he oversaw its 2016 launch and repositioning. Under his stewardship, Immedis emerged as a leader in the payroll space with more than 400 employees and year-over-year growth of more than 100%. As chief executive officer, Kelleher spearheaded the successful Series A and B funding rounds at Immedis and led the commercial practice for expat tax mobility within the Group. Additional previous experience includes consulting for international firms, where he focused on delivering business growth through corporate relationship solutions. Michelle Mesina, SPHR, comes to Atlas with over 20 years of experience from start-up, high- growth and transformative environments, helping organizations to scale quickly. She joins Atlas' C-suite following a series of high-profile positions leading HR and people ops for such dynamic companies as Gensler, PowerReviews, project44 and Hazel Technologies. At Hazel Technologies, she had overall responsibility for thought leadership strategies and solutions to attract, engage and retain the best talent. The largest direct employer of record (EOR), Atlas brings experience and localized expertise into an enterprise-grade technology platform that empowers innovative companies to onboard, manage and pay global talent. The HXM platform delivers end-to-end EOR solutions with self-service capabilities, real-time insights that optimize business outcomes and human touchpoints along the way. The expansion of the leadership team furthers Atlas' position as the leader in simplifying global people operations in the thriving work-from-anywhere world. About Atlas Atlas enables innovative companies to compete in a global economy, believing that businesses should employ whomever they want, wherever the talent exists. As the largest direct employer of record (EOR) with entities in over 160 countries, Atlas is a technology platform that is supported by experts and delivers flexibility for companies to expand across borders, onboard talent, manage compliance, and pay their global workforce without the need for a local entity. Atlas was built on years of experience navigating the challenges of quickly deploying and paying international employees while ensuring compliance with local regulations. This experience brings localized experience and expertise into an enterprise-grade technology platform that supports thousands of companies and remote teams. The Atlas platform is uniquely designed to deliver end-to-end EOR solutions and empowered user experiences that provide self-service capabilities and real-time insights that lead to improved business outcomes.

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CrossCountry Consulting Announces Spin-Off of Workday Practice into Standalone Technology Company CrossVue

CrossCountry Consulting | April 27, 2022

CrossCountry Consulting, a leading business advisory firm, announced a spin-off of its Workday practice into a standalone company, CrossVue, dedicated exclusively to the Workday ecosystem. As a full-service Workday deployment partner, CrossVue will remain committed to providing exceptional Workday services and solutions to drive business transformation. CrossCountry will continue to deliver business advisory and technology solutions that enable companies to transform operations, minimize risks, and achieve future growth. Backed by RLH Equity Partners, CrossVue will further develop its position in the industry with a powerful go-to-market strategy led by CEO Jill Jones, CrossCountry's former Workday Practice Lead. As a contemporary consulting firm that provides the blueprint for modernizing client operations and processes through Workday, CrossVue will continue to provide advisory, deployment, and post-production support to clients throughout a wide range of industries including medium to large enterprise, healthcare, financial services, private equity, and nonprofit. "Over the past 11 years, we've built a strong reputation for being fast and nimble in order to reach our goals and to serve our customers, Today's announcement clearly marks another significant accomplishment in our firm's history, and we look forward to continued growth and success across our advisory services and technology solutions. Both CrossCountry and CrossVue will continue our strategic relationship and partnership as we utilize the complementary strengths of both firms to support our clients." -Erik Linn, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CrossCountry Consulting. CrossCountry's Advisory business has a demonstrated record of excellence and performance over the past 11-years. The strategic focus on advisory and technology-enabled solutions will position CrossCountry to continue to capitalize on favorable industry trends, better serve its clients, and enhance its growth. CrossCountry Consulting is a trusted business advisory firm that provides comprehensive solutions encompassing business transformation, technology, accounting, risk, and cybersecurity. We partner with our clients to help them navigate complex business challenges and achieve goals related to improving operations, minimizing risks, and enabling future growth. AboutCrossVue CrossVue is a contemporary consulting firm providing the blueprint for modernizing client operations and processes through Workday. As a leading Workday advisory, deployment, and post-production support firm, we drive critical results for our clients and help them reach their transformation goals through the Workday platform.

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Lowes Manhattan, a leading and proudly Australian-owned menswear retailer, celebrated its 120th year of business in 2018. With 200 stores nationwide, Lowes is a business “built on integrity, forward planning, and financial success”. This emphasis on being future-focused is evident in their recruitment practices too. Since jumping onboard Expr3ss! in 2016, Lowes has received more than 82,000 unique job applications.

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