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Big Changes in the 2020 Form W-4

Tags: Payroll
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Significant changes to the W-4 were made to bring it in line with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which changed tax rates, deductions, credits and personal exemptions. The IRS released the final version of the Form W-4 on December 4th. 

Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Pay

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, December 5, 2019
out of office sign

Requests for time off are common during December through January. Employers may find themselves faced with multiple vacation requests from employees and questions about pay.

Giving "Thanks" to Your Employees

Tags: Holidays
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thankful Carved Out of Wood

While the holiday has taken on different characteristics over the years, it remains a time to say "thanks." And, it's a great time to reflect on the ways that your business can show gratitude to your employees.

Give Mom a Break: New Lactation Accommodation Rules for 2020

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, November 14, 2019
Electric breast pump

A new California Law for 2020, SB 142, imposes important new employee lactation accommodation requirements. This new law requires the location to have certain mandatory features, requires employers to

2020 Exemption Updates: Check Your Employee Compensation

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, November 7, 2019
Doctors Looking Over Notes

California law has a "minimum salary test" that employees must meet before they can be classified as exempt from wage and hour laws (overtime, breaks, lunches), along with a duties test. These salary rates will increase beginning January 1, 2020.

Responding to Fires, Power Outages and Poor Air Quality

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, October 31, 2019
Firemen after wildfire

Is this the "new normal?" Fall in the Golden State has always brought high winds and high fire danger, but the situation has worsened in recent years. Once again, California is facing fast-burning wildfires that are destroying homes and communities. But now, power outages are hitting hundreds of thousands of customers in California and having a severe impact on individuals and businesses.

Gig Economy Bill Signed into Law

Posted by: Barbara A. Cotter, Partner at Cook Brown LLP on Thursday, October 24, 2019
App-based delivery

Assembly Bill 5, also known as the "Gig Economy Bill," was just signed into law by Governor Newsom. How will it impact employers that employ independent contractors in California?

Halloween in the Workplace - Treat or Terror?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, October 17, 2019
Trick or treat dog

Office parties can boost morale and lighten the mood. They can help connect people in different departments and at different levels in the organization. But Halloween office parties come with their potential frights! How can your company have fun without the scary ghouls from HR coming to spirit you away?

Special Alert: CEA Board President Honored in Sacramento!

Posted by: CEA Marketing on Friday, October 11, 2019

California Employers Association would like to congratulate our Board President, Maggie Bender-Johnson, for the prestigious recognition of being listed as one of Sacramento's "40 Under 40"!

Employees Sexually Assaulted in the Store Freezer Receive $1.2 Million Settlement

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, October 10, 2019
99 cent only store

Two employees at a 99 Cents Only store in Redding alleged that an assistant manager sexually assaulted them in a walk-in freezer, and the store retaliated against them after they complained. The DFEH recently reached a settlement of $1.2 million in this matter.

Power Outages Hit California: What Employers Need to Know

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
power outage

How should employers handle the power outages across California? Find out how to pay your employees by classification and how to plan ahead for natural disasters.

Does the New Fed Overtime Rule Affect California Employers?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
overtime clock

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum salary test that a worker must meet in order to be classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The rule increases the federal minimum salary level to $35,568 effective January 1, 2020.

Poster Perplexity

Posted by: Jessica J. Hawthorne, J.D. on Thursday, September 26, 2019
perplexed people

There once was a time when labor law posters were only updated at the beginning of each year. Today, multiple updates can occur throughout the year, leaving employers scratching their heads—2019 was one of those years!

Be Prepared Not Scared: Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar (Free for CEA Members)

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
FEMA Preparedness Logo

September is National Preparedness Month with the theme Prepared, Not Scared. In California, all employers are required to have an "Emergency Action Plan" that designates the actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies.

Touch of Gray? 1 in 5 Workers Age 40 and Over Report Age Discrimination

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Ageism Among Candidates

Yes, it’s true; the workforce is aging. By 2024, one-quarter of the workforce will be over age 55 -- with the fastest growth rate among those 65 and older.

ALERT: Mandatory Updates to California Posting

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, September 5, 2019
Welder shooting sparks

California's OSHA required posting has a new mandatory update, get your updated poster or posting now to stay compliant. 

Alert: Breaking News on Harassment Prevention Training Requirements!

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Workplace Harassment

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill (SB) 778. Effective immediately, this bill extends the deadline for employers with five or more employees to provide anti-harassment training by one year—from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021.

What's up with the Expiring Form I-9? Use until Further Notice

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, August 29, 2019
USCIS Building

If you recently completed a Form I-9 for a new hire you may have noticed that the current edition of the form (Form I-9 07/17/17 N) has an August 31, 2019 expiration date.

Nearly a Half a Million Dollars for Harassed Worker

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Gavel Hitting Hundred Dollar Bills

Recently, the DFEH settled a harassment case for $450,000. The DFEH charged a mobile home park with violating California law by subjecting an employee to sex and national origin harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

ICE Brings the Heat

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Passport Approved

Last week, hundreds of immigration officials swarmed in on seven Mississippi food processing plants—arresting 680 workers and seizing business records in the largest immigration sting of its kind in more than a decade.

Protecting Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, August 1, 2019
Forest fire

Many California employers have been impacted by recent wildfires. If there is a fire in the region, employees may be exposed to unhealthy air. Cal/OSHA Standards Board recently approved an emergency regulation to protect workers from hazards related to wildfire smoke.

August is All About You!

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Pismo Beach hotel with swimming pool and ocean view

It’s time to celebrate the reason that the California Employers Association has existed for over 80 years, our wonderful members! There is strength in numbers and we continue to grow our services and our membership each year.

Mandatory Retirement Program Now Open

Tags: Retirement
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Men talking in warehouse

California’s New Mandatory Retirement Savings Program is Open. CalSavers Retirement Savings Program (CalSavers) is a state-run retirement savings program for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement program. 

July Brings Fireworks and Minimum Wage Increases

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Fireworks over water

Beginning July 1, 2019, the following cities and counties must increase their minimum wage.

CEA is Going Green!

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We listened to what our members have been asking for, and one of those requests is: “please stop mailing our invoices. We want to receive our invoices electronically.” 

The Heat is On! Protect Your Workers from Heat Illness

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
thermometer reading over 100 degrees

Yes, we did have a lot of rain this year, but now the heat has arrived with full force! The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings up and down the state – from San Bernardino County to Fresno, Sacramento and the Bay Area. 


Putting Prevention in Your IIPP

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Two workers with hard hats and reflective jackets

Did you know that all California employers are required to have a basic workplace safety program known as an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)?


EEO-1 Reports Are Due May 31st!

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Team meeting

Federal law requires all private employers with 100 or more employees to file the federal EEO-1 report annually, as well as certain federal contractors with 50 or more employees. The EEO-1 Report is a compliance survey mandated by federal statute and regulations. The survey requires company employment data to be categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category.  Information is used to support civil rights enforcement and analyze employment patterns, such as representation of women and minorities in certain industries or regions.

Handling Mental Health Issues at Work

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Head filled with stress, panic, depression, etc.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  One in five adults (43.8 million people) will experience a mental illness in any given year. The consequences of living with a mental illness or substance use disorder affect all areas of a person’s life, including work. Serious mental illness can also impact an employer’s bottom line and costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

What’s an X on a Drivers License?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
California Divers License Example

Did you know that starting January 1, 2019, California began allowing an individual applying for an original or renewal drivers’ license or identification card to self-identify as male (M), female (F) or non-binary (X)?  Applicants in California can now self-certify their chosen gender category and do not need any type of documentation from a physician regarding gender or gender identity.

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