This week I’m providing a bit of a legal/legislative update – highlighting some things that have caught my attention in the past few weeks that are relevant to all employers but particularly important to staffing firms. It is always a challenge to stay ahead of all the new and updated rules and regulations governing the workplace and my post today should not be a substitute for your own research or advice from legal counsel. As a staffing firm owner, I know the importance of getting it right, for my own company and because of the key role a staffing provider plays in helping their clients stay on the right side of the law when it comes to employment issues. I hope you will find this information helpful.
In current political discussions there is a lot of talk about what hurts or helps job creation and unnecessary regulation is often cited as a culprit. There is little agreement on what exactly “unnecessary” is though and people argue at both ends of the spectrum from all to none. I’m not one to advocate abolishing the EPA, the Department of Labor or the IRS. Society cannot function without rules that address real problems and protect its citizens from real harm. The importance of appropriate regulation in business is precisely why it is so important to speak out against the unnecessary kind, for example, regulations that impose significant administrative costs while addressing no real problem or providing no significant benefit. I’ve written before about this kind of unnecessary legislation and today I bring your attention to California AB 1744.