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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 ...

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 ...

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