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Just When you Figured out the Last Form…

Tags: Form I-9, USCIS
Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers can use this newly revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of (11/14/16 N) ...

Time to Order New Job Applications?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations have limited California employers’ rights to use an applicant’s criminal background history in making employment decisions. Specifically, the regulations now require employers to demonstrate that ...

July 1st - Required Notice: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

Tags: AB2337
Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, July 5, 2017
California Labor Code section 230.1 prohibits an employer with 25 or more employees from discharging, discriminating or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking for taking time off from work ...

Minimum Wage Increases on July 1st!

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
While the State’s minimum wage is not increasing for California until January of 2018, a number of other cities and counties have local ordinances that mandate increases on July 1, 2017. If your employees work in any of these areas, at least ...

Employees And Sizzling Temperatures

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
It’s hot, hot, hot and Cal/OSHA urges all employers to revisit their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Specifically, you need to review your emergency response procedures to make sure you are thoroughly prepared for high heat. ...

And the Performance Review Survey Says…

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In April we asked our members about Performance Reviews. Many companies have stopped utilizing traditional performance reviews because they believe that “real time” one on one meetings throughout the year are more valuable than annual ...

Wage Orders Were Updated – Have You Posted Them?

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, June 7, 2017
What’s a wage order again? California has 17 different occupational and industry wage orders that provide overtime, meal and rest break, reporting time and other wage and hour requirements for nonexempt (hourly) employees working in ...

Good Stuff - DFEH Updates Posters, Forms, and Brochures!

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces discrimination, harassment and disability laws in our state. The DFEH also issues required and recommended posters, brochures, and fact sheets. Recently there have been ...

Los Angeles City “Ban the Box” Starting July 1, 2017

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Studies show that the disclosure of a criminal conviction by job applicants on application forms often automatically excludes them from consideration of employment, regardless of any relationship between: the conduct underlying the conviction and ...

Stay vigilant about contractor vs. employee classifications

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Department of Labor (DOL) characterizes misclassification of employees as independent contractors as “one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers and the entire economy.” According to attorney, Betsy Davis of ...

I Quit! No, Wait …

Posted by: CEA’s HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Good news for employers! A California appeals court has found an employer does not violate California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) if it refuses to honor an employee’s rescission of her voluntary resignation. Ruth ...

Employers Can Pay Women Less Money than Men? Not so fast!

Posted by: A CEA HR Advisor on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Last week’s headlines read – “9th Circuit (the federal appeals court covering CA, OR, WA, AK, HI, MT, ID, NV, AZ, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) upholds a pay practice that allows employers to pay women less money than men ...

New Green Card Look - May 1, 2017

Posted by: A CEA HR Advisor on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document ...

Are You Sick of Talking About Paid Sick Leave?

Posted by: A CEA HR Advisor on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Paid sick leave (PSL) is kind of like allergies, they keep coming back, but they can impact you a little differently each time. On March 29, 2017 the Labor Commissioner updated the FAQs on paid sick leave, specifically addressing questions for ...

Did Lyft Violate a Ban the Box Law?

Posted by: Marketing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Employers in California need to keep an eye on a recent complaint filed in Philadelphia. An applicant, who was rejected for a driver position with Lyft Inc., has filed a complaint alleging the company violated the City of Philadelphia's Fair ...

Startling Survey Results Regarding Equal Pay

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
According to a new state analysis released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), there are 13 states where progress on closing the gender wage gap is so slow that a woman born in 2017 will not see equal pay during her working ...

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 ...

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