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EEOC Issues Wellness Program Guidance

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Do you have an Employee Wellness Program at work? If so, you will want to review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) questions and answers regarding requirements for certain employers that provide wellness programs to their ...

Apple Pays $2 Million For Missed Meal Periods

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Most California employers know that they are required to provide a 30 minute meal break to nonexempt employees. That meal break must begin no later than 4 hours and 59 minutes into one’s shift, unless the shift can be completed in less than ...

First Aid Reporting Changes in 2017

Posted by: Marketing on Monday, February 6, 2017
Effective January 1, 2017, your workers’ compensation carrier is required to report all workers’ comp claims—including first aid injuries—to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Bureau. An employer who used to pay an ...

Saving Money is as Easy as 1-2-3

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Dear CEA Members Back in 2009 CEA made a great change by moving our property and casualty, Directors and Officers and Errors and Omissions insurance business over to Philadelphia Insurance. We were happy with our broker, but wanted better rates. ...

Have You Told Your Employees About the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Several states, including California, require employers to notify employees that they may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). As of 1/1/17, California law now requires employers to notify employees about both the federal and ...

New Form I-9 Must Be Used Starting January 22, 2017

Posted by: Marketing on Thursday, January 19, 2017
The USCIS issued a new Form I-9. Employers may continue using Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. through Jan. 21, 2017. However, by Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. The new Form I-9 must be used for all employees hired Jan. 22, 2017 and ...

New Rest Period Ruling – Employers Beware

Posted by: Training & Development on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court decided a landmark case regarding rest periods. In Augustus v. ABM Security, the Supreme Court overturned an appellate court decision that was favorable for employers. In doing so, it changed ...

New Year, New Employment Applications

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Effective January 1, 2017 California employers are no longer allowed to ask about juvenile criminal convictions or determinations on employment applications. (AB1843). Effective January 22 2017 the City of Los Angeles is “banning the ...

Hostile Environment or Annoying Environment?

Posted by: Marketing on Thursday, December 22, 2016
As the holiday parties wind down and you ready your organization for the New Year, you may receive complaints from employees that other employees “harassed” them at the holiday party. A lot of people carelessly throw out the words ...

EDD Online Filing Required Jan. 1, 2017

Posted by: Marketing on Thursday, December 15, 2016
Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). All remaining employers will be ...

'Tis the Season to Update Your Handbook

Posted by: Marketing on Monday, December 12, 2016
Shopping, decorating, eating, going to the post office – it seems like every December we do the same things. Hopefully for California businesses that includes updating their Employee Handbook! Because we never know what the next 12 months will ...

Ethics Training: As Easy as AB 1-2-3-4!

Posted by: Marketing on Thursday, December 1, 2016
In 1974 when Jerry Brown was California’s Secretary of State and the country was reeling from Watergate, California voters adopted the first political reform law in the nation, with the goal of preventing corruption in government. To further ...

ALERT! Marijuana is Legal in California

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

California voters have passed Prop 64, the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”!  Effective November 9, 2016, recreational use of marijuana became legal in California, although licenses to sell are not effective until January 1, 2017.   The initiative legalizes the use and transportation of marijuana for recreational use, with some specific limitations as far as how much individuals can possess and/or grow, as well as regulatory requirements, such as water use by growers.

FLSA Overtime Rule on Indefinite Hold

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, November 22, 2016
At the end of the business day on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas agreed with the 22 state attorneys general that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Rule should be put on hold. The FLSA Overtime Rule changed ...

Comp Time Is Not Legal for Private Sector Employees

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Compensatory Time or as it’s more commonly referred to “Comp Time” is an alternate way of rewarding or providing compensation for overtime work. Instead of paying an hourly employee time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours in ...

Jury Duty and Leave Laws

Posted by: Marketing on Monday, November 14, 2016
An employee tells you she needs time off because she got summoned to jury duty. She tells you that she wants to be paid while serving on the jury because she has to go, and it’s not “her fault” that she cannot work. Do you have to ...

New Form I-9 on Its Way--Updated 11-17-16

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Updated: 11-17-16 The USCIS announced that an updated Form I-9 has been approved. The current form had a revision date of 03/08/2013 N and expired in March this year, but is acceptable for continued use. However, on August 25, 2016, the Office of ...

Mandatory Poster Change for 2017

Posted by: Marketing on Thursday, November 3, 2016
The California Minimum Wage (MW-2017), will increase for employers with 26 or more employees to $10.50 per hour effective January 1, 2017, and for employers with 25 or fewer employees to $10.50 per hour effective July 1, 2017. By now your break room ...

Lessons About Bullying from the Presidential Debate

Posted by: Marketing on Monday, October 31, 2016
I have been conducting harassment prevention training for California clients sinceAB 1825 became effective back in 2005. After presenting what must be hundreds of sessions in the last decade, I am always on the look-out for new topics to discuss, ...

Clowns and Wage & Hour Claims Are Scary

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Clowns were in the news across the country last week—there was a report out of an Ohio woman who was robbed by a clown and then in a second incident an employee claimed she was late to work, due to a clown encounter. 

Does Sick Pay Count as Time Worked?

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Question: My employee was scheduled to work six days last week. She worked five days (8 hours each day) and then called in sick on the sixth day. Including the eight hours of paid sick leave (PSL) time, the total hours on her time sheet for the workweek added up to 48 hours. Does my employee get overtime?

California Employers Association’s Introduces YouthForce@Work

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

California Employers Association (CEA) is committed to finding ways to help youth in transition become a success story and to find meaningful employment that will change their life.

Oh No, You Did Not Just Say That! Effective Communications in the Workplace

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Regardless of the generation a job candidate or an employee belongs to, the ability to communicate appropriately is important in the workplace and even more important if they are customer facing employees.

Step-by-Step Guidance: EEO-1 Filing Requirements

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The September 30 EEO-1 filing deadline is approaching. Employers with 100 or more employees, joint employers with a collective total of 100 or more employees, or private employers with federal contracts with 50 or more employees and more than $50,000 in contracts are required to submit this information.

OSHA Changes - We’ve Been Given a Bit More Time

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Employers have been given a few more months to comply with the OSHA rules that went into effect on August 10, 2016. 

Cities are Expanding California State Laws

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today, under California law, employers must also offer employees at least 3 days, or 24 hours, of sick leave per year and pay employees a minimum wage of $10.00 per hour. These statewide laws apply to all cities and counties within the state of California, however, some cities within California have chosen to add to the statewide laws with their own more expansive minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances.

Arbitration Agreements Are Tricky

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If your employee handbook still contains language that forces employees to pursue legal claims against your company through arbitration it is highly unlikely this will hold up in court. As such, CEA recommends that you either strike arbitration language altogether or talk with your legal counsel for guidance if you choose to keep it in your employee handbook. 

Fix Your Focus to Achieve Strategic Planning Success!

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

So often Strategic Planning sessions lose steam about 6 weeks after that wonderful Planning retreat. All too often, many of the good ideas your team members were so excited to implement get lost in the day-to-day operations once everyone is back at work. 

Employees Encouraged to Report Labor Law Violations Online

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Employers be aware – and give us a call to make sure you are complying with all of California’s Labor Laws. In addition to attorney’s who are now advertising on TV to employees, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Labor Commissioner’s Office have just launched an online system for reporting labor law violations.

California Phases in Overtime Requirements for Farm Workers

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1066 on September 12 that will phase-in the inclusion of agricultural workers under the state’s wage and hour laws, including requiring that workers in agricultural occupations be paid overtime starting in 2019.


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