New Criminal Background Regulations Coming July 1

The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved new regulations this week relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions.
These regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office and take effect on July 1. Employers will have additional burdens under the new regulations.
As previously reported, the California Fair Employment and …

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Santa Maria Housing – A Relative Bargain

Recently, a story appeared in the local media highlighting a housing affordability study conducted by a finance industry publication.   In the report, our region was identified as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.
What the article did not do, however, was dig deeper into the data and tell the whole story.  Because …

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5 Strategies for Going to Fewer Meetings

It’s unfortunate but true: The further you progress in your career, the more meetings you go to. While some are productive, many are disorganized, inefficient, and distracting. It’s also hard to check off your other work tasks when you’re constantly going from meeting to meeting.
The solution is obvious: Reduce your meetings.
However, that’s easier said than …

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Find Focus: 3 Simple Ways to Conquer Work Distractions

According to a study from the University of California, Irvine, the average office worker has focused periods of just eleven minutes in-between a constant barrage of interruptions.
I was shocked when I read that, and didn’t quite believe it. But then I paid attention to how much typing I did in this article before my attention …

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5 Fire Safety Tips to Keep your Business Thriving

What was it that had you heading straight to the pub for a well-deserved glass of wine and a good rant after work today?
A difficult client? Frustrating computer problems? The longest, most mind-numbing eight hours of office drudgery ever?
No matter how bad you think you have it right now, it’s nothing compared to the nightmare …

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