The information provided in this blog is intended for general information purposes only. Readers should seek the help of an HR professional for guidance on specific issues.

Ask HR: Implementing Dress Code.

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Dear HR:
Summer is here – I’m wondering about implementing a company dress code. Some of my female employees show up in flip flops, tops with spaghetti straps and low cut shirts. A few male employees come in wearing casual shorts and sandals with socks. (Yes, sandals with socks!) May I require my employees to present/dress themselves in a professional manner, since we all interact with the public?


HR Answer:

As an employer, you may determine your organization’s dress code. Just make sure that you apply it in a non-discriminatory manner; and there is a bona-fide business reason—such as conducting business in the public eye; or you need a dress code for safety concerns. Keep in mind; you may need to make an exception when reasonable, to accommodate an individual’s sincerely held religious belief or medical issue (shorts when leg is in a cast).

You are correct in being concerned: the impression your employee’s give your customers is the lasting impression your customers have of your organization! Let us know if you need assistance establishing and enforcing your new dress code policy.

7/01/2017: New California Labor Regulation

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New California Labor Regulation

July 1st often represents a busy date for new labor/human resource regulations in California. This year, however, there appears to be only one which is widely applicable.



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We have an exciting new opportunity in Media Sales.  Our client is seeking and eager professional who is dedicated to building lasting relationships within the local business community.  This is an outside sales position that will take you throughout the county meeting with new and established clients.   This is a full time position with a competitive commission structure and benefits.   Candidates must have a valid drivers license and reliable vehicle.  If you’d like more information or to apply please call sequoia Personnel Services at 707 445-9641 or email your resume to Tomas@sequoiapersonnel.com

Introductory and Intermediate level Bookkeeping

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Also offered by The Job Market, these classes are coming up and are geared to help individuals looking to transition into the field or those looking to enhance their existing bookkeeping knowledge. The Intro class runs from May 9thJune 27th and the Intermediate class from July 11thAugust 10th.

Both classes can be taken in conjunction or as stand alone, depending on your needs. For those looking to complement a background in office work, the introductory course might be all you need to give you a basic understanding of financial operations. However, if you have prior bookkeeping familiarity, taking the intermediate level class could enhance an existing skill set, making you more employable.

Full scholarships, for ages 16 and older, are offered for these training by the Employment Training Division (ETD) if desired. In addition, those qualifying for a scholarship from ETD have the opportunity for externships  – hands-on practice with what they’re learning in the classroom. These externships are offered in local agencies and businesses and complement classroom instruction.

For more information, just email or call Melissa Furbee at mfurbee@co.humboldt.ca.us or 707-445-6222.

“Better Staffing Now!” – Retention Workshop

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April 20th at the Job Market

The Job Market’s Business Services Team announces part 3 of their Better Staffing Now! workshop series: ”Retention”.

The Better Staffing Now! workshops are a series of FREE presentations that offer practical and easy-to-use information and tips on the best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining staff.  Focusing on performance and motivation, the workshops are designed to help employers find and keep top performers.  Take one, two, or all three workshops as suits your business needs.

The third workshop in the series, focusing on Retention, will be offered ThursdayApril 20th at 10am at the Job Market at 409 K St in Eureka.  This workshop offers tools to understanding your organization’s turnover, tips for turning your supervisors and managers into retention experts and techniques for more effective retention of your top performers.

Space will be limited, and reservations are required so reserve your spot today!

To reserve a seat in the workshop or to inquire about future workshops or other business services available through The Job Market, please e-mail Travis Moneypenny-Johnston at tmoneypenny-johnston@co.humboldt.ca.us or call 707-441-4626.

Employment Training Panel

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Training can seem expensive, but staff turnover costs much more at 1 to 1.5 times the employee’s salary.

Did you know you could get reimbursed for training expenses?  Drawing on Employment Training Panel (ETP) funds, your company might be able to get reimbursed for training expenses.

Some features and qualifications of the program include:

  • You design the training program, pick the topic and the trainer. It can be in-house training, or an outside training program.
  • An employer is eligible to participate in an ETP funded project if it is subject to the California State Unemployment Insurance (UI) fund contribution.
  • Employees must be full-time, permanent employees working at least 35 hours per week.
  • Training reimbursement is based on the size of the company and industry sector.  The ETP gives special consideration to small businesses of 100 or less employees in California but no more than 250 employees worldwide.   Priority industries identified in ETP’s strategic plan also receive a higher rate (i.e., manufacturing, nursing and allied healthcare, construction, information technology services, multimedia and entertainment industries).
  • The reimbursement rates are between $12 and $21 per hour, per trainee depending on size of company and industry sector.
  • All training funded must be “off-the-job”, which means that for every hour of training claimed for funding there is a trainer who is doing nothing but training and a trainee who is being trained and is not doing his or her regular job.  Training must be documented on a roster with the signature of the trainer and trainee and up to 20 trainees to one instructor.  Trainees must complete a minimum 8 hours of training to receive reimbursement and 200 hours maximum.
  • Trainees must earn a minimum hourly wage after completion of training.  The minimum wage varies by county.  In this contract the wage range is $11.70 to $28.37.  The dollar value of employer-paid health benefits (medical, dental, vision) may be used to meet the required wage. The required wage is $15.60 for Humboldt County, during the 90 day retention period.
  • Trainees must be retained on the job for a minimum of 90 days after completion of training.

Michael Kraft can help you get started. Just contact him at kraft@sequoiapersonnel.com or 707-445-9641.

Can subsidized On the Job Training stretch payroll dollars?

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Yes, with some extra effort – Effort that can be worth it! Let’s look at the facts:

On the Job Training (OJT) is a government wage and training subsidy paid directly to employers through a contract.   OJT helps defray costs of upgrading new employee skills with training you specify. It can shorten the time it takes to get a new employee up to speed.  If you are looking to expand and train for job specific or specialized skills, you may receive up to 50% of an employee’s wage rate.  Additional perks can include tax credits for new hires.



  • You make the hiring decision.
  • May include tax credits for new hires.
  • You determine job performance standards.
  • You retain the right to terminate a trainee.
  • Paperwork is handled by an OJT Representative working with you, your HR or payroll staff.
  • Reimbursement happens during the training period.



  • You hire OJT trainees as regular, full-time employees.
  • A trainee’s rate of pay is commensurate with what you pay others for similar work.
  • OJT trainees do not replace employees laid off with six months prior to your application.


A conversation with Sherman Landry, Program Coordinator at the Employment and Training Division-Employer Services will answer your questions, help you make a decision, and get you to next steps.


Sherman Landry
(707) 441-4652