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A mid-year HR update to help employers protect their businesses, and a detailed look at federal and state laws governing wage theft and overtime issues, are among topics of this week’s free webinar presented by the Small Business Development Center at CSU Bakersfield.  

Host and SBDC director, Kelly Bearden is joined by Celeste Young-Ramos, CEO of the Restaurant Success Center and seasoned owner, manager and advisor of restaurants and other businesses. Young-Ramos provides a mid-year HR update on labor laws governing workplace rules and regulations, and also discusses what businesses and franchisees can learn from two recent cases that involve state and federal violations of wage and overtime issues.

Kelly begins the webinar with a look at an increase in business bankruptcy filings and resources to support struggling businesses. This marks the 293rd episode of the weekly “Webinar Wednesday” business series that provides news and information helpful to employers and business owners.

The CSU Bakersfield SBDC provides free one-on-one consulting to help small business owners. New and existing businesses can sign up for assistance by clicking here!

TIMESTAMPS Link in bold blue below is where Celeste Young-Ramos begins to speak about the mid-year employment law update.  
00:00 Intro
01:05 What’s up today October 4, 2023
03:23 Local franchisee ordered to pay more than $3 million for alleged wage theft – Kelly discusses
05:21 Bakersfield Foodservice Management Program
06:57 Capital Corridor: Debt ceiling for small businesses – factors that can limit your raising capital
09:42 Kelly introduces today’s guest: Celeste Young-Ramos, founder of the Restaurant Success Center, a restaurant and human resources consulting firm
10:29 Celeste begins to speak
10:42 Celeste begins her PowerPoint presentation
10:53 2023 Mid-Year Human Resources Updates
11:05 Topics of Discussion
11:35 Fast Food Wage AB 1228 – New Development
13:41 Wage Theft in the News – Bakersfield franchisee ordered to pay $3.1 million
18:37 Wage Theft in the News – Court orders 14 Bay Area Subway locations to pay employees nearly $1 million in wages
21:03 Wage Theft Act of 2021 – AB 1003 – Details
22:44 Wage Theft Prevention – Notice to Employee https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/lc_2810.5_notice.pdf
24:43 Exempt Salaries – Details
26:16 Pay Scale Disclosure SB 1162 - Details
27:34 New I-9 – Details https://www.uscis.gov/i-9
28:46 CA Family Rights Leave and CA Paid Sick Leave – AB 1041 – Details
30:27 CA Paid Sick Leave SB 616 – Pending
31:32 Bereavement Leave – Details
32:25 Human Trafficking Notice Posting Requirements AB 1661: Civil Code Section 52.6
33:34 Kelly rejoins Celeste
34:10 Economic Corner: The fast food franchise only $20 minimum wage
38:44 Cumulative number of small business bankruptcies each year 2020-2023
39:38 Recent Pandemic Relief Changes – IRS puts hold on ERC claims
39:59 Kelly discusses franchisee case and separate corporate entities, civil penalties to the state
44:39 What does a $3,161,614 bill from the Labor Commissioner look like?
47:22 Strategies for struggling small business
52:09 FREE HR Hotline phone numbers for employers by county in CA
52:35 Community Calendar: Oct. 26 Small Business Expo, Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce
52:56 Small Business Credit Survey – Link to survey: https://fedreserveboard.gov1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4PKWyQfbGKeIL3g?o...
53:44 How to give us feedback on today's webinar
54:16 Want to run a day care business? $1,000 start-up grants
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.