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Can a Symbol Represent Hate Speech?

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We recently had a member whose employee parked a motorcycle on company property. On the motorcycle was a “swastika” or Nazi symbol and a plate stating “support your local white boy.” An employee complained to a manager saying ...

Tips for March Madness at Work

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The NCAA basketball tournament season has started and with new technologies, there are more methods of monitoring the March Madness games than ever before. John Snyder, Principal in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis, provides the following ...

Six Car Wash Workers Paid $363,625

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Six car wash workers have been paid $363,625 in wages owed to them by two car wash operators in the Los Angeles area. The workers were shorted on minimum wages and overtime, and were denied rest and meal breaks as required by law. The Labor ...

Reporting Time Pay

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
It’s raining, it’s pouring the employee gets paid in the morning … even if she did no work? Maybe – because California has reporting time pay. This means that if you schedule an employee to work and they report to work but ...

Do You Have the Correct Signage for Your Single User Toilets?

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Effective March 1, 2017, AB 1732 requires gender-neutral signage on single-user restrooms and adds section 118600 to California’s Health and Safety Code: All single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public ...

Reporting Time Pay

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
It’s raining, it’s pouring the employee gets paid in the morning … even if she did no work? California has reporting time pay, as outlined in the applicable wage order for your business. This means that if you schedule an employee ...

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.


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