Monthly Archives: July 2014

San Diego to Increase Minimum Wage

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase

On Monday, July 14, 2014, the San Diego City Council voted 6-3 to increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $9.75 an hour in 2015 , $10.50 an hour in 2016, and $11.50 an hour by 2017. Additionally, the vote included a potential for San Diegans to earn 5 sick days. Although this is less than the original proposal for an increase to $13.09 an hour, this is sure to cause celebration among some San Diegans. At the same time, others will likely oppose the increase all together. For more information on the San Diego City Council vote, please visit NBC San Diego at

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10 Tips to Presenting in a Professional and Confident Manner

Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills – 10 Tips to Presenting in a Professional and Confident Manner

  1. Don’t be afraid to improvise! It can be very difficult to memorize your information and could actually throw you off and disrupt your train of thought. There are several fun improvisation games you can do to practice;
  2. If you forget something, unless it’s critical, just move on! Chances are, nobody but you will know you missed anything;
  3. Keep your shoulders back and your head up so you can look ahead both while you walk to your spot and while you present. If you start out exuding confidence, your audience will think you’re an “expert” before you even speak;
  4. Don’t write out your speech or bring notes with you. If you do, you will rely on them when you likely don’t need to. Remember, you’re the presenter, you know what you’re talking about and more importantly, you’re the only one who knows your speech;
  5. If you can use visuals (e.g., PowerPoint) do so. It will give your audience something to look at besides you, making you feel more comfortable and will also keep your audience engaged;
  6. Display key points, relevant images, and labeled graphs rather than large amounts of text that are hard to read and distract from you;
  7. Establish a comfortable relationship with your audience right from the start with a simple greeting, including your name;
  8. Divide your audience into thirds and give each section equal attention;
  9. Don’t use movement for emphasis! Pacing can distract your audience but if you’re giving a long presentation, movement can help keep your audience engaged. Divide your presentation into three to four key parts and move on transitions in between topics; and
  10. If an audience member asks you a question that you can’t figure out how to answer, simply say you’re not sure and will look into it. If you don’t know the answer, chances are that most people, maybe even nobody there, does. Don’t let audience interruptions side track you or throw you off, just move on quickly.

The Law & Management Resource Center provides presentation skills coaching and review that can be customized for your needs. Presentation skills coaching helps business professionals become more confident and effective in communicating information. Mock presentations can be created and evaluated. Written and visual aids (e.g., PowerPoint slides) can be developed or reviewed for effectiveness as part of a coaching plan or individually as separate project work.

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5 Reasons Why Having an Up-to-Date Employee Handbook is Important

Employee Handbooks

5 Reasons Why Having an Up-to-Date Employee Handbook is Important

  1. New employment laws are frequently enacted and current laws are frequently changed and updated, making it important for businesses to regularly update their workplace practices and policies to be in compliance.
  2. Employee handbooks inform employees of their rights and establish a record of what is expected and required of the employer and its employees. Because employee handbooks must be legally compliant, they should always accurately reflect current laws and properly state all required policies.
  3. Out-of-date and improperly worded policies can create employer-employee issues and expose a business to liability.
  4. If an employee claim arises or litigation is commenced, a flawed handbook can help establish liability and destroy potential defenses.
  5. Without a properly worded and up-to-date employee handbook, courts and government agencies can be led to believe that a business is not focused on compliance with legal requirements – placing both the individual responsible for compliance and his or her business in a compromising position.

If your employee handbook has not been recently updated to reflect new laws, we can help – and it will cost a lot less than you might think!  The Law & Management Resource Center provides the following employee handbook service options, all of which are provided by licensed attorneys who are also experienced HR professionals.

  • Employee Handbook Template – receive a complete employee handbook template for just $249. Our template can be used to create your employee handbook based on your organization’s employment practices and rules. Various options are provided for different practices (e.g., pay day options, hours required for full-time status, PTO, vacation time and/or sick time accrual and accrual caps). Assistance and advice from our consultants on choosing options is also available at low hourly rates.
  • New employee handbook drafting – clients receive a completely new, customized employee handbook tailored to their business or organization accompanied by consultation with our attorneys and HR professionals on how to implement necessary policies.
  • Employee handbook review/revision – our attorneys review and update current employee handbooks. Clients simply send a copy of their current handbook and we do the rest.

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