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New Year, New Deadline: New Harassment Prevention Training Requirements in 2019

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A new law for next year, SB 1343, requires that all employers of 5 or more employees provide 1 hour of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees by January 1, 2020.

Use Your Small Business' Big Voice

Posted by: Small Business California on Thursday, December 6, 2018
Small Business Survey

Small Business California (SB-CA) has announced their annual survey is now open to small business owners throughout the state. This survey is used to develop an action plan addressing concerns that were brought up to build a stronger small business community.

"Don't Talk to Women" is not a Harassment Prevention Tool

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, November 29, 2018
Woman trapped in jar

When it comes to preventing workplace harassment, a recent study by SHRM has mixed reviews. While there is some progress, there is also an absence of an overall cultural shift. For instance, two-thirds of executives have not changed their behaviors at all.

Are you on Santa's - I mean OSHA's List?

Tags: Form300A, OSHA
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Cal/OSHA recently adopted emergency regulations requiring certain employers in California to electronically submit their 2017 Form 300A summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses to federal OSHA by December 31, 2018.

The Minimum Salary for a Manager is How Much?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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The state minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2019, to $12 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11 an hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Because of this, the minimum salary for the administrative, professional and executive exemptions will also increase.

Prevent Bullying in the Workplace

Posted by: Sandy Van Vleck, Membership Services on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Woman inside box being laughed at

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported. Oftentimes this occurs because the would-be-reporter is afraid of retaliation. In other words, the ‘kill the messenger’ syndrome is alive and well in bullying, as it is in sexual harassment.

What California Employers Need to Know about Voting Time Off

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2018, and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s what employers need to know.

New Lactation Accommodation Requirements on the Way in 2019

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 25, 2018
Woman with baby

A new law, AB 1976, effective January 2019, will require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a private area to pump that is not a bathroom.

Is Halloween A Trick or a Treat at Your Office?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Halloween is just around the corner and you may be thinking about an office celebration. If you decide to celebrate, what’s the best way to do so and avoid any Halloween workplace horror stories?

IRS Tax Guidance on Employer Paid Family Leave Credit

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Couple with baby

The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a federal tax credit to eligible employers that voluntarily provide paid family and medical leave to their employees.

New Law Requires Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for All Employees

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 4, 2018
Woman holding #MeToo sign

The #MeToo movement has renewed attention on sexual harassment in the workplace and California has passed several anti-harassment laws this year.

Reasons for Employee Turnover

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Research reveals two primary drivers of behavior when it comes to employee retention: practical elements and personal experiences. 

AB 2770 Protects Employers in 2019

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Woman with magnifying glass

Starting January 1, 2019, employers cannot be sued by employees (or former employees) who are subject to sexual harassment complaints in the workplace.

Accommodations for Digital Interviews

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, September 13, 2018
Man at computer for interview

The EEOC released an informal letter to remind employers that they need to keep applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing in mind when extending invitations for digital interviews.

WingStop Franchise Settles Religious Discrimination Case

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, September 6, 2018
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The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) reached a settlement in a religious discrimination case with a WingStop Franchise in San Diego.

40% of Women Missed a Promotion Due to Gender

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, August 30, 2018

A new Korn Ferry survey shows 40% of women professionals said they’ve missed a promotion or an opportunity simply because they’re female.

Tough Hiring Environment is Paying Off for Job Seekers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, August 23, 2018
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Many employers hiring in the second half of 2018 are expecting to offer higher salaries and various perks to attract and keep the talent they need.

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, August 16, 2018

A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 57% of the nation's workforce believe they are overweight, and 45% believe they've gained weight at their present job.

Nacho Ordinary Ruling - Taco Bell Wins

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Taco Bell was sued for offering its employees a discount on food, but recently won the case when the Ninth Circuit ruled that Taco Bell did not violate California’s meal break laws.

Mid-Year Poster Updates

Posted by: Jessica Hawthorne, Esq. on Thursday, August 2, 2018
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California poster and pamphlet updates are like Beyonce, the hits just keep coming!

SPECIAL ALERT: Handling Employee Issues After a Devastating Event

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Monday, July 30, 2018

Once an immediate crisis has passed, survivors have a lot of rebuilding to do and are now expected to adapt to a “new normal” both at home and at work.

The Future of Union Organizing!

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Did you hear about the Supreme Court ruling “Janus vs. AFSCME” (6/27/18)?

August is Member Appreciation Month

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Members are the reason that the California Employers Association has existed for over 80 years. As a “thank you” for your ongoing support, we are dedicating August to YOU! We have set aside the entire month to show our appreciation to ...

Janitorial Service Providers Online Registration Available

Posted by: CEA HR Advisors on Thursday, July 12, 2018
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has launched an online registration system for janitorial service providers and contractors operating in California to register annually as required by law*. Each registration is good for one (1) year ...

Surprise! July Minimum Wage Increases

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, July 5, 2018
Many employers were caught off guard about July 1st minimum wage increases. Gone are the days when employment law changes were made just once during the year, typically on January 1st. Now employers need to be aware of changes that occur ...

Take Your Dog to Work Day June 22

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, June 21, 2018
“Take Your Dog to Work Day” was created by Pet Sitters International and first celebrated in 1999. PSI created the day to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one Friday each year to celebrate the great companions dogs ...

OSHA Log 300 Deadline in July?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, June 14, 2018
Per the California Department of Industrial Relations, effective January 1, 2017, employers in states regulated by federal OSHA are required to electronically submit Log 300 records of injuries and illnesses. The electronic reporting requirements, ...

Can't Unplug on Vacation?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, June 7, 2018
44% of employees typically don't check in at all with the office while on vacation, but that means 56% will! 70% of respondents ages 18 to 34 said they maintain some contact with work compared to only 39% of those ages 55 and older. Problems can ...

Starbucks Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, May 31, 2018
Starbucks temporarily closed 8,000 of its U.S. stores on Tuesday, May 29 to conduct staff training on racial bias. Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, called for this training immediately after two black men were arrested for trespassing when they refused ...

Bizarre Excuses for Being Late for Work

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, May 17, 2018
This is always good for a chuckle! According to a new CareerBuilder survey, when asked how often they come in late to work, 1 in 4 workers admitted they do it at least once a month and 1 in 10 say it's a weekly occurrence for them. Broken down by ...

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