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Large Employers Must Provide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave!

Posted by: Jessica Hawthorne, J.D., Sr. Vice President on Friday, September 25, 2020

 Effective September 19, 2020AB 1867 adds Labor Codes 248 and 248.1 and requires California employers with 500 or more employees nationwide, and public or private entities that employ health care providers or emergency responders to provide supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons until December 31, 2020. This law also requires a new posting be provided to employees by large employers.

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Employers Must Meet CalSavers Deadline by End of September

Posted by: Jessica Hawthorne J.D., Sr. Vice President on Thursday, September 24, 2020

CalSavers Retirement Savings Program is a state-run retirement savings program for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement program. Below is a great outline of everything you need to know about CalSavers including deadlines, employer responsibilities, and employee information.

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Does Harassment Happen if No One Is Around to Hear it?

Posted by: Jessica Hawthorne, J.D., Sr. Vice President on Thursday, September 17, 2020

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Yes! The same answer holds true for harassment. Whether harassment happens at an in-person happy hour event or in an online virtual happy hour, it still happens.

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Did Your Business Make the CalSavers Deadline?

Posted by: Jessica Hawthorne, J.D., Sr. Vice President on Thursday, September 10, 2020

California's state-run retirement program, which opened for registration last year, is up and running with deadlines for employer enrollment (or exemptions from enrollment)! Here's what you need to know, now.

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How to Be the Competition Your Competition Fears

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, September 3, 2020

How have your sales been during this pandemic? For some industries, sales are higher than normal (think I.T., grocery stores, etc.) but for the majority of businesses, sales are way down. Keeping your sales team motivated when the phone isn’t ringing isn't easy. And, training a new salesperson, during slow times is even more difficult. 

Leadership Inspiration from Simon Sinek & More...

Tags: leadership
Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

CEA is proud to be among the sponsors of HR Leadership 2020, a virtual conference on September 1st that will help you refuel both personally and professionally.

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Historic Lightning Causes Destruction

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, August 20, 2020

A historic lightning siege has caused more than 367 new fires in recent days, Chief Jeremy Rahn, a Cal Fire Spokesman said at a recent news conference. As the raging wildfires in Northern California double in size, we are now seeing the destruction of many homes and communities. Once an immediate crisis has passed, people are left holding a lot of emotions. Survivors have rebuilding to do and are now expected to adapt to a "new normal" both at home and at work.

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Employers Take Note: FFCRA Rules Have Changed

Posted by: Giuliana Gabriel, J.D. on Monday, August 17, 2020

On August 3, 2020, a federal district judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority with respect to certain paid-leave eligibility requirements when interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

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HR Leadership Conference

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, August 13, 2020

We know that keeping your workforce engaged, safe, and productive at every level in an organization is no small task. Add the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and economic distress over the past several months and it’s easy to see why many of us are on the brink of burnout.

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"I DON'T NEED NO STINKING MASK!"

Posted by: Craig Strong, HR Director on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

What to do when an employee refuses to wear a mask? Beginning June 18, all Californians were required to wear face coverings in common indoor spaces and outdoors whenever social or physical distancing is not possible. Employers want to do everything they can to keep employees safe when they report for work and happy/healthy when they head home.

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August is All About You!

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, July 30, 2020

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 of August to show our appreciation to CEA members with free webinars, prizes, and more! Here’s a sneak peek of what's in store for you!

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How Is Your Remote Workforce Working?

Posted by: Astrid Servin, HR Director on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

At the beginning of Spring, many businesses were forced to switch from an onsite workforce to remote operation. As we move into Summer, some businesses are slowly returning to the office. The last few months have taught many employers from various industries and with various job levels that remote work can be accomplished in a productive manner. 

Marches, Peaceful Protests & Rallies

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 fears, increased remote work, government protests, civil rights rallies, and marches have created a heightened stress level for many. As employers, navigating these emotionally charged matters while following applicable laws and regulations is difficult and yet critical to creating a healthy work culture.

San Francisco Employees Have a "Right to Reemployment" Due to COVID-19

Posted by: Jessica Hawthorne, J.D. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

As with all things COVID-19 related, we once again see an unprecedented move with the passing of a temporary "right to reemployment" ordinance that did not require the mayor's signature. On June 23, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted in favor of legislature requiring San Francisco employers with 100 or more employees to "offer a right to reemployment" to certain workers who were laid off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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ICE Temporarily Relaxes Form I-9 Rules

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Have you been wondering how you are supposed to review the documents required to complete a Form I-9 if all of your employees are working remotely during the Pandemic? During these extraordinary times, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have in turn done something extraordinary themselves — they have temporarily relaxed the rules on the I-9 inspection of documents for some employers.

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Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, July 2, 2020

CEA is working with and supporting employers during these difficult and emotionally charged times. CEA stands firm in our mission of providing employers with Peace of Mind through exceptional HR compliance solutions, training, and recruiting services. 

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Is Free Speech Protected in the Workplace?

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, June 25, 2020

COVID-19 fears, increased remote work, government protests, civil rights rallies and marches have created a heightened stress level for many. As employers, how do we navigate these matters while following applicable laws and regulations? 

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School's Out For Summer – Is School Out Forever?

Tags: FFCRA FMLA PSL
Posted by: Jenn Connolly, HR Director, MAOM on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Alice Cooper called and he wants his lyrics back! Many employers have called their team, excited to get back to work but inevitably are hearing from some employees that they cannot work, remotely or otherwise, because they have children at home instead of summer camp or daycare.

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Supreme Court Ruling Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Across the U.S.

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Yesterday, in a landmark 6-3 decision authored by Justice Gorsuch, the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination against LGBT individuals, thus giving gay, lesbian, and transgender workers in many states new protections.

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Tool Kits for Employers

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, June 11, 2020

An employee tells you they have just tested positive for COVID-19, what are your next steps as an employer? An employee shows up at work smelling like marijuana and slurring their words, what can you do? An employee turns in their resignation, what required forms do you need to process the termination?

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Return to Work Letters for Furloughed Employees

Posted by: Astrid Servin, HR Director on Thursday, June 4, 2020

Your verbal and written communication during the furlough period has kept you and your employees connected. Now that you are recalling employees, ensure that you don't miss any critical steps for their transition back to work. Your documentation and clear communication will minimize anxiety and provide a positive back to work experience!

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COVID-19 and Increased Workers' Comp Liability for Employers

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that presumes an employee who works onsite and then tests positive with COVID-19 was most likely infected at work and is entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This is a very surprising and concerning executive order.

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A Starter Kit from FEMA to Help Reopen Your Business

Tags: FEMA
Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, May 21, 2020

FEMA's Exercise Starter Kit has sample documents your organization can use to conduct your own planning workshop to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Top "What if" COVID-19 Questions From Employers

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, May 14, 2020

CEA's HR Advisor team answers the top questions we've been getting from our members as California companies prepare to bring back their workforce. 

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What's Your COVID-19 Return to Work Plan? Free Resources & Webinar

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Friday, May 8, 2020

Although it may be some time before California is fully reopened for business, some businesses might return to operation over the next several weeks or so. On April 28, Governor Newsom unveiled California's four-stage "Pandemic Roadmap" for slowly reopening the economy.

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Barking Dogs, Screaming Children and Stretch Pants

Posted by: Jessica Mirabile, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Today many of us have to conduct phone and virtual meetings or trainings from home, which is providing us with additional hurdles to overcome. With shelter-in-place rules, employees are sharing workspace with their spouses, children, and other family members and it is not easy! Working parents who are performing double duty with educating their children must be masters in their paying jobs and at parenting.

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Get the Scoop on Unemployment Insurance and Federal Relief

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, April 23, 2020

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued four new guidance letters providing clarity surrounding the unemployment compensation provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Will Your Employees be Whistleblowers During COVID-19?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, April 16, 2020

During this COVID-19 crisis, workers in essential businesses are reporting fears about whether they are safe at their workplace. The overriding concern for most workers is their chance of being exposed to the virus.

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If You're Open, Practice Pandemic Cleaning Procedures

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Not all businesses are closed during this pandemic. Some essential businesses remain open and some essential workers may occasionally enter office spaces to administer payroll, cut checks, etc. One thing we have learned in recent weeks is that the COVID-19 virus can remain on hard surfaces, like a doorknob, phone or keyboard, for days.

Receive Tax Credits with Proper FFCRA Documentation

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, April 2, 2020

The emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency family medical leave (EFLMLA), under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) both went into effect on April 1, 2020.

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