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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 Rates Issued, Waiting on Mileage Reimbursement Rates

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The IRS has provided the 2017-2018 special per diem rates for taxpayers to use to substantiate ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home. The IRS has not yet released the standard mileage rates for 2018. ...

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 ...

Human Resource Certification Courses

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
If you've been thinking about enhancing your career, now is the time to get certified as a PHR® (Professional in Human Resources®) or SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources®). Nothing will have you better prepared to pass the ...

EEOC Press Release August 29, 2017: EE0-1 PAY DATA COLLECTION ON HOLD

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
On August 29th it was announced that employers with 100 or more employees will not have to submit pay and hours worked information with the EEO-1 report by the March 31, 2018. This should be a relief to employers who were trying to evaluate the time ...

My Employee was in a White Supremacist March, Can I Fire Them?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
OkCupid, a national on-line dating site, recently banned white supremacist Chris Cantell from their site, after a documentary about the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA featured him expressing his violently racist views. ...

Contractor Held Liable for Subcontractor’s Wage Theft

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued citations of $249,879 against Irvine-based general contractor Deacon Corporation, along with its subcontractor, Lafayette-based Champion Constructions, Inc. This is the first time that the Labor ...

Labor Commissioner Encourages Employees to Come Forward to Recover Back Wages

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The case below highlights the importance of properly paying hourly, nonexempt employees and documenting all hours they work. The consequences of paying someone incorrectly are high, often times much higher than an employee first claims. In many ...

August is Member Appreciation Month!

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
CEA members are the reason that we have been in existence for over 80 years. So, as “thank you” for your ongoing support, we dedicate every August to YOU! See the list of CEA Members who have been with us for more than 50 years at the ...

Outdoor Workers Must be Given Fresh Water

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Employers with outdoor workers must provide fresh water and encourage workers to stay hydrated in order to prevent heat illness, especially during heat waves, according to the Cal/OSHA. Employers can track heat waves through updates posted by the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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