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Touch of Gray? 1 in 5 Workers Age 40 and Over Report Age Discrimination

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Ageism Among Candidates

Yes, it’s true; the workforce is aging. By 2024, one-quarter of the workforce will be over age 55 -- with the fastest growth rate among those 65 and older.

ALERT: Two New Mandatory Updates to California Postings

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, September 5, 2019
Welder shooting sparks

Two of California's required postings have new mandatory updates, get your updated poster or posting now to stay compliant. 

Alert: Breaking News on Harassment Prevention Training Requirements!

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Workplace Harassment

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill (SB) 778. Effective immediately, this bill extends the deadline for employers with five or more employees to provide anti-harassment training by one year—from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021.

What's up with the Expiring Form I-9? Use until Further Notice

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, August 29, 2019
USCIS Building

If you recently completed a Form I-9 for a new hire you may have noticed that the current edition of the form (Form I-9 07/17/17 N) has an August 31, 2019 expiration date.

Nearly a Half a Million Dollars for Harassed Worker

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Gavel Hitting Hundred Dollar Bills

Recently, the DFEH settled a harassment case for $450,000. The DFEH charged a mobile home park with violating California law by subjecting an employee to sex and national origin harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

ICE Brings the Heat

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Passport Approved

Last week, hundreds of immigration officials swarmed in on seven Mississippi food processing plants—arresting 680 workers and seizing business records in the largest immigration sting of its kind in more than a decade.

Protecting Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, August 1, 2019
Forest fire

Many California employers have been impacted by recent wildfires. If there is a fire in the region, employees may be exposed to unhealthy air. Cal/OSHA Standards Board recently approved an emergency regulation to protect workers from hazards related to wildfire smoke.

August is All About You!

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Pismo Beach hotel with swimming pool and ocean view

It’s time to celebrate the reason that the California Employers Association has existed for over 80 years, our wonderful members! There is strength in numbers and we continue to grow our services and our membership each year.

Mandatory Retirement Program Now Open

Tags: Retirement
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Men talking in warehouse

California’s New Mandatory Retirement Savings Program is Open. CalSavers Retirement Savings Program (CalSavers) is a state-run retirement savings program for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement program. 

July Brings Fireworks and Minimum Wage Increases

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Fireworks over water

Beginning July 1, 2019, the following cities and counties must increase their minimum wage.

CEA is Going Green!

Posted by: Marketing on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We listened to what our members have been asking for, and one of those requests is: “please stop mailing our invoices. We want to receive our invoices electronically.” 

The Heat is On! Protect Your Workers from Heat Illness

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
thermometer reading over 100 degrees

Yes, we did have a lot of rain this year, but now the heat has arrived with full force! The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings up and down the state – from San Bernardino County to Fresno, Sacramento and the Bay Area. 

 

Putting Prevention in Your IIPP

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Two workers with hard hats and reflective jackets

Did you know that all California employers are required to have a basic workplace safety program known as an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)?

 

EEO-1 Reports Are Due May 31st!

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Team meeting

Federal law requires all private employers with 100 or more employees to file the federal EEO-1 report annually, as well as certain federal contractors with 50 or more employees. The EEO-1 Report is a compliance survey mandated by federal statute and regulations. The survey requires company employment data to be categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category.  Information is used to support civil rights enforcement and analyze employment patterns, such as representation of women and minorities in certain industries or regions.

Handling Mental Health Issues at Work

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Head filled with stress, panic, depression, etc.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  One in five adults (43.8 million people) will experience a mental illness in any given year. The consequences of living with a mental illness or substance use disorder affect all areas of a person’s life, including work. Serious mental illness can also impact an employer’s bottom line and costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

What’s an X on a Drivers License?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
California Divers License Example

Did you know that starting January 1, 2019, California began allowing an individual applying for an original or renewal drivers’ license or identification card to self-identify as male (M), female (F) or non-binary (X)?  Applicants in California can now self-certify their chosen gender category and do not need any type of documentation from a physician regarding gender or gender identity.

The ABCs of CBD for Employers

Posted by: CEA on Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Guy sitting at a desk with a laptop

An increasingly common series of questions employers have been asking of late relate to their employees’ use of CBD. Will use of CBD products impair employees? If an employee or applicant tests positive on a drug test and blames seemingly innocuous use of CBD, what should we do? Should it be permissible to allow use of CBD products in a zero-tolerance workplace?

The #1 Way Employers Get in Trouble? Retaliation

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Colleagues arguing

It may surprise you to learn that the number one type of federal employment claim is not harassment, it’s retaliation.  That’s right – year over year, the majority of all claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are for retaliation.  

CEA Provides Free Harassment Prevention Training

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
A group of people laughing at a woman

SB 1343, requires that all employers of 5 or more persons provide 1 hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees by January 1, 2020. 

CEA Presents: Guide to California’s Equal Pay Laws

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
People standing on coin stacks

For decades now, the California Equal Pay Act has prohibited an employer from paying its employees less than employees of the opposite sex for equal work. In 2016, the California Fair Pay Act was enacted to strengthen the Equal Pay Act. 

Tilly’s Employees Don’t Have to Report to Work to Receive “Reporting Time Pay”

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Clock next to coin stacks of money

A pivotal California decision on the issue of “reporting time pay, has expanded the definition of “time worked” here in California. In Ward v. Tilly’s, a divided California appellate court recently held that “reporting time pay” is owed to employees who have to call-in two hours in advance to see if they are on the schedule (and then are told not to come in to work).

Don’t Want to Work for a Woman? Okay, Just Pay her $7 million Dollars

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, April 4, 2019
Man and Woman on a path

Unlike the classic Bob Dylan song, “The Times They Are [not] A-Changin’.” Gender stereotypes are still out there and don’t appear to be leaving the workplace anytime soon.

Top 5 Reasons to Have an Employee Handbook

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Thursday, March 28, 2019
employee handbook

A well-written employee handbook often acts like a sword and a shield for your company. Protecting you when you need it and allowing you to sever bad employment relationships quickly.

Free Form I-9 Webinar for All Employers

Posted by: Kim Gusman, President/CEO on Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Citizenship immigration building sign

Avoid costly mistakes and make sure you are complying with California requirements. You never know if your business will be hit with an ICE inspection! 

No April Fools’ Joke Here: Mandatory April 1 Poster Update; Free Download Available

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
mom kissing baby

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council recently finalized new regulations that will change one of the mandatory California notices that must be posted in the workplace effective April 1.  

Good Meal Break Policies Keep Companies From Being Devoured

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Sandwich beside laptop

If your company doesn’t have a strong meal and rest break policy, it may get eaten alive! Ever since the pivotal Brinker court decision in 2012, California law has been clear, but let’s review it again.

The Equal Opportunity Jerk is a Recipe for Disaster

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
two men arguing

Companies defending against claims of harassment or discrimination might sometimes use the "equal opportunity jerk" defense. If this is the best defense your organization has, be careful! Not only is this a weak defense, but it can and will get your company in hot water.

More Questions Off-Limits in a Job Interview!

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, February 28, 2019
Candidate interviewing with group

California has expanded its list of banned interview questions. Whether you conduct your own interviews or rely on a recruiter, be sure to steer clear from these six topics.

Tragic Act of Workplace Violence Puts Spotlight on Safety

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, February 21, 2019
Safety management strategy

If you have been paying attention to national news recently, you likely have heard of the tragic shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Illinois.

Employers on the Hook for Payroll Errors, Not Payroll Companies

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, February 14, 2019
Paystub with money

The California Supreme Court recently held that payroll providers aren’t on the hook for paycheck errors and wage and hour violations. Instead, the employer alone is liable for wage and other pay violations


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