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Are You a Big Tipper?

Posted by: Anthony Zaller, Esq. on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tip Pools Now Okay for All Employees On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 signed by President Trump changed the federal law on this issue and now allows employers to share tips with “back of the house employees”. ...

A Meal “Break” For Employers

Posted by: Joy P. Waltemath, J.D. on Thursday, April 12, 2018
A California appeals court confirms and clarifies that employers need only provide meal breaks, not “ensure” employees take them. In Serrano v. Aerotek, Inc the court found the staffing company had satisfied its own duty to provide meal ...

Be Prepared for Workplace Violence

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, April 5, 2018
What do you do when one of your employees reports a threat of violence in your workplace? What do you do when you are concerned about the behavior of one of your workers? Can you fire someone for safety reasons? How can leaders and their employees ...

Five Signs of a Toxic Culture

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 29, 2018
A corporate culture can be a significant factor that leads to ethics violations and, in its worst case, is the direct cause for a violation, said presenters at a webinar entitled, "How Corporate Culture Impacts Compliance – And What to Do ...

New Regulation to Protect Hotel Housekeepers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 22, 2018
CalOSHA recently announced that California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation ...

Employee Friendly Overtime Adopted

Posted by: By Lorene D. Park, J.D. (edited) on Thursday, March 15, 2018
The California Supreme Court, reversing the appellate court, has held that in determining an employee’s regular rate of pay, which included a flat sum attendance bonus for working unpopular weekend shifts, the divisor used to calculate the ...

What do Lovers and Clients Have in Common?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 8, 2018
I’ve got a quick and easy assignment for you. Take a moment and think about the things that originally attracted you to your current love and list them on a piece of paper. On a second piece of paper write down the reasons you believe your ...

Immigration Raids -Time to Audit Your I-9’s

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
US agents arrested more than 200 undocumented immigrants and targeted 122 businesses in a Southern California sweep last week. With California in the hot seat as a sanctuary state, now is the time to audit your Form I-9s and ensure your house is in ...

Violence in the Workplace – What Every Employer Should Know

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Each year, an average of nearly 2 million American workers report having been a victim of violence at work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of annual workplace ...

February Deadline for California Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Certain California employers are being reminded by Cal/OSHA to post 2017 annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summaries must be posted from February 1 through April 30 and must be placed in a visible and accessible area at ...

Time to Schedule Sexual Harassment Training

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
With recent highly publicized sexual harassment allegations and the #MeToo movement, it is important that all employers take steps to prevent all forms of workplace harassment from occurring and respond appropriately when complaints are made. Here ...

ICE is Targeting Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, January 25, 2018
NBC News reported that 98 7-Eleven stores were recently raided by ICE in 17 states and 21 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested. Managers and owners were given three days to provide the immigration status of employees. Three-prong strategy. ...

2018 Health Care Spending Rates: San Francisco

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Employers located in the City of San Francisco must either contribute a specified amount toward their employees’ health care costs on a regular basis or pay into a city health care fund for San Francisco residents. Effective January 1, 2018, ...

What’s in Your First Aid Kit?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, January 11, 2018
Does your first aid kit comply with Cal/OSHA requirements? You may be surprised to learn that unless your first aid kit contains an approval note from a "consulting physician", it may be in violation of California law. Legislators are trying to ...

Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
With sexual harassment scandals in the news, employers may find more employees coming forward with similar claims in their businesses. For businesses who are unsure of how to put together an effective anti-harassment policy or what to do if they ...

2018 Minimum Wage Increase

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Under landmark legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time (between now and 2022), California’s minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more, and $10.50 for employers with 25 or ...

9 Ways to Avoid Holiday Party Pitfalls

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The holiday season is often a time for festive parties where employers can thank employees for a job well done. However, these celebrations may carry a great deal of risk—from claims of religious discrimination and sexual harassment to drunk ...

One Third of Businesses Expect to Increase Investment in Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Glassdoor has released new data revealing greater resources are expected to be devoted towards improving a lack of diversity over the coming year. 35% of hiring decision makers expect to increase investment in diversity and inclusion efforts, 3% ...

2018 Transgender Rights Poster - Free Download Available

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Something to be thankful for - a 2018 required posting available BEFORE January 1! The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has issued the mandatory workplace notice "Transgender Rights in the Workplace" in accordance with SB ...

Sneak Peek at 2018 Labor Laws

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown signed several significant employment bills that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. This year's legislative session seems to continue recent employment law trends focusing on California Equal Pay Act-related issues and ...

Update Your Handbooks for 2018 Laws

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
One of the most common employee handbook mistakes is not updating it each year. This year lawmakers have been busy passing new bills that directly affect workplace policies and employee handbooks. Leave laws. It is important for employee handbook ...

New Laws Require New Postings

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Governor Brown has finished signing a number of new laws into effect for 2018. CEA’s 2018 all in one State and Federal Labor Law Poster includes the new minimum wage rates and all other mandatory postings for 2018. Posters must be displayed ...

What the New Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) Means for Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Assembly Bill 450, signed by Jerry Brown on October 5, will be effective January 1, 2018 and adds new provisions to the Government Code. What Employers Need to Know Beginning January 1, 2018, both public and private employers (and their agents) ...

To All California Employers Impacted by Wildfires

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
It is hard to find the right words to offer the victims of the wildfires that continue to burn across our state. Our entire team met on Friday to discuss how we can support our members, families and friends as they deal with the loss of family, ...

How to Handle Employee Issues After a Devastating Event

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Hurricanes, flooding, a mass shooting, fast burning wildfires - all of these recent devastating events in the U.S. have caused so much loss of life and have destroyed so many homes and communities. Once an immediate crisis has passed, people are ...

California grants relief to employers affected by wildfires

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
California grants relief to employers affected by wildfires Employers in Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba Counties directly affected by the multiple fires, including the Tubbs and Atlas fires may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file ...

2018 Per Diem & Mileage Reimbursement Rates

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
December 2017 Update: Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. • 18 ...

Quick & Easy October To-Do List for Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
1. New I-9 Form. Make sure you are using the new version of the Form I-9 for all newly hired employees. Beginning September 18th, 2017 this was required of all employers. Do not complete the new form for current employees. By the way, if you ...

Live-in Caregivers Awarded $360,000 in Wage Theft Case

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The two caregivers, who worked at residential care facilities in Antioch and San Lorenzo for adults with developmental disabilities, filed wage claims in December 2014 and March 2015 alleging they were owed $84,308 and $106,488, respectively. ...

Jack in the Box Cited $903,084 for Misclassifying Managers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Monday, September 11, 2017
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited a Jack in the Box franchise operator $903,084 for misclassifying 40 managers as exempt and denying them overtime pay. That’s right nearly one million dollars – ouch! Nor-Cal ...

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