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February Deadline for California Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Certain California employers are being reminded by Cal/OSHA to post 2017 annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summaries must be posted from February 1 through April 30 and must be placed in a visible and accessible area at ...

Time to Schedule Sexual Harassment Training

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
With recent highly publicized sexual harassment allegations and the #MeToo movement, it is important that all employers take steps to prevent all forms of workplace harassment from occurring and respond appropriately when complaints are made. Here ...

ICE is Targeting Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, January 25, 2018
NBC News reported that 98 7-Eleven stores were recently raided by ICE in 17 states and 21 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested. Managers and owners were given three days to provide the immigration status of employees. Three-prong strategy. ...

2018 Health Care Spending Rates: San Francisco

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Employers located in the City of San Francisco must either contribute a specified amount toward their employees’ health care costs on a regular basis or pay into a city health care fund for San Francisco residents. Effective January 1, 2018, ...

What’s in Your First Aid Kit?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, January 11, 2018
Does your first aid kit comply with Cal/OSHA requirements? You may be surprised to learn that unless your first aid kit contains an approval note from a "consulting physician", it may be in violation of California law. Legislators are trying to ...

Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
With sexual harassment scandals in the news, employers may find more employees coming forward with similar claims in their businesses. For businesses who are unsure of how to put together an effective anti-harassment policy or what to do if they ...

2018 Minimum Wage Increase

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Under landmark legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time (between now and 2022), California’s minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more, and $10.50 for employers with 25 or ...

9 Ways to Avoid Holiday Party Pitfalls

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The holiday season is often a time for festive parties where employers can thank employees for a job well done. However, these celebrations may carry a great deal of risk—from claims of religious discrimination and sexual harassment to drunk ...

One Third of Businesses Expect to Increase Investment in Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Glassdoor has released new data revealing greater resources are expected to be devoted towards improving a lack of diversity over the coming year. 35% of hiring decision makers expect to increase investment in diversity and inclusion efforts, 3% ...

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 & Mileage Reimbursement Rates

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
December 2017 Update: Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. • 18 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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