• By Richard Gearhart
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As of Dec. 1, 2016, the salary threshold for exemption from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act has been increased from $455 per week ($23,660 annually, roughly $11.38 hourly) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually, roughly $22.83 hourly).

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About the company: Worklogic HR is a local human resources outsourcing company. Founded in 2000 by Jeff Thorn, our company provides every HR function that employers need, including payroll, benefits, workers’ comp, insurance, safety, HR and legal consulting, and training.

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About the company: The Bakersfield law office of Timothy Lemucchi specializes in major personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, work-related injuries, defective products, insurance bad faith, malpractice, nursing home/elder abuse and mediation.

  • By Laura Hill
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Chances are, if you’re in business management of any kind, you’ve been in the position to hire someone at some point in your career. Chances also are it’s one of the least favorite aspects of your job. If you’ve heard some of the recent flurry of job posting commercials, it sounds easy enoug…

  • By Joel A. Bock
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The last major tax reform in the United States (Tax Reform Act of 1986) occurred over 30 years ago. While the exact timing and content of potential tax reform is currently the topic of much speculation, after November’s presidential and congressional elections, the possibility of tax reform …

  • By Katherine Ross
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This year, resolve to find the best legal and human resources information. Just a few good books from your local library or a few good websites can send you in the right direction.

  • By Katy Raytis
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As most are aware, last November voters approved Proposition 64 (the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act”), which legalized the recreational use of marijuana in California. That might sound really groovy, but California employees shouldn’t light up those doobies just yet.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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Monica Hammonds has traded her 22 years as a teacher and administrator in a coastal school district to pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She took a year off and using her business nest egg as a financial backup, Hammonds decided to combine her love of grilling with her darn good …

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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Bakersfield-based Mission Bank has been honored for being the second top SBA 504 lender in a category of banks with assets of $500 million or less. The category includes about 4,500 lending institutions in the United States.

  • By Robin Paggi
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Many years ago, I was a waitress at a restaurant that was promoting a certain brand of wine. Our manager instructed the wait staff to sell at least three glasses of wine each shift or face disciplinary action.

  • By Jose M Granados
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My most rewarding and fulfilling work has been in community projects as a volunteer. I have delivered hot meals to seniors, cleaned the streets, collected toys for kids, fundraised and volunteered hundreds of hours at local nonprofits.

  • By Dan Klingenberger
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The California legislature continues to create and encourage new ways for employers to be sued for wage and hour violations. The onslaught of wage and hour class actions filed in Kern County and across the state has not abated. Large and small employers must look closely at their compensatio…

  • By Brittany Flemming
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There is no denying the value of a highly skilled staff and we all know that it’s important to pay them a competitive salary. In most job negotiations, salary is both a hot topic and a driving factor for the potential employee and potential employer alike. From the employer’s perspective, ho…

  • By Holly Culhane
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Microsoft, a recognized leader in automobile “artificial intelligence,” and other software innovators are working with many automakers to develop increasing advanced “connectivity” systems, including those that allow text messages to be received and responded to in hands-free systems.

  • By Cheryl Scott
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In Kern County and across the country, businesses are battling to attract the best and the brightest talent available. In fact, according to a 2016 survey by Area Development, the availability of a skilled workforce is the No. 1 site-selection factor when executives consider where to relocat…

  • By Alphonso Rivera
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Who does not rejoice over the advancement of computer systems these days? Well, I can think of two businesspeople who now wish they had a bit less “connectivity” when their relationship went sour.

  • By Steven Van Metre
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The “hot” employee benefit for 2017 is financial wellness programs, according to surveys of the nation’s employers. These programs can focus on a variety of areas, including debt management, budgeting, financial planning, etc.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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In 2016, there seemed to be no end to celebrity deaths. The year began with the death of Pat Harrington Jr. on Jan. 6. He portrayed Schneider, the building superintendent on the 1970s comedy “One Day at a Time.”

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About the company: Kern EDC, a coalition of public- and private-sector leaders, was founded in 1988 to enhance the county’s quality of life and offer new employment opportunities to residents. Kern EDC’s mission is to stimulate a diversified and strong economic climate in Kern County through…

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About the organization: California State University, Bakersfield, is a regional, comprehensive public four-year university committed to offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. The University was founded in…

  • Kern Business Journal
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About the company: Bolthouse Properties holds agricultural and commercial real estate. The company is the master developer of the land in the Seven Oaks corridor of southwest Bakersfield.

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About the company: Headquartered in Bakersfield, Mission Bancorp is the parent holding company of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Mission Bank and Mission Bank 1031 Exchange LLC, and a 50 percent owner of Double W LLC, an entity that owns commercial property, including the bank’s Shafter Busi…

  • By Beatris Espericueta Sanders
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As we enter our sixth year of drought, the most extreme and acute drought since the late 1970s, there are a couple of things to consider when you look around Kern County’s abundant agricultural landscape.

  • By Holly Culhane
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Just days before controversial federal overtime rules were set to go into effect, they were blocked by a temporary injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas. While the injunction was celebrated by many in the business community, it may be causing confusion in workplaces that were pushing…

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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None of us want to believe a trusted employee is stealing, but the reality is employee theft is a serious threat to small businesses. A typical small business loses around 5 percent of its annual revenue to employee fraud.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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Successful entrepreneurs must be creative, competent and hard working to succeed. They also must be quick and nimble — able to recognize new opportunities and adjust their business plans and systems to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • By Jessica Krausgrill and Dan Kremers
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On Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m., the Institute of Real Estate Managers will hold the fifth annual Forecast Breakfast at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. This event provides a glimpse at what is happening in single-family, multi-family, office, industrial and retai…

  • By John Pryor
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Property risks confronting real estate investors are numerous. Each of the following property risks should be reviewed with your insurance broker. You’ll then have a good understanding of the risk management steps you need to take to reduce your total cost of risk.

  • By Joel A. Bock
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A technique commonly utilized by owners of real property to postpone the payment of tax related to a disposition of the real property is the “like kind exchange.”

  • By Richard Gearhart
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The acquisition of what economists call “human capital” is fundamental for an area to thrive, in the long-run, in terms of economic growth, in the long-run. In general, human capital is any investment an individual makes in him/herself to increase incomes, employment opportunities and job mo…

  • By Todd Cunningham
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Woodbridge Pacific Group has introduced the first three neighborhoods at Belcourt, WPG’s master-planned village in Seven Oaks. The first residential phase is Belcourt Gallery, a gated enclave that includes the detached homes of Mahogany, Patina and Sterling, a custom lot neighborhood.