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New Law Requires Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for All Employees

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 4, 2018
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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
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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
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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)?

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 ...

12 New Bills That Could Impact CA Employers

Posted by: Christopher W. Olmsted on Thursday, May 10, 2018
Like a pride of lions flashing teeth and fangs, the California legislature is on the hunt in 2018. As has become an annual spring ritual, Sacramento politicians have once again proposed a progressive labor agenda. Below is a list of significant ...

Know the ABC?s for Independent Contractors

Posted by: By Kapusta, J.D. on Thursday, May 3, 2018
The California Supreme Court has found that a hiring entity, in order to prove that an independent contractor is not an employee, must establish each of the three factors embodied in the ABC test — namely, that the worker: A. Is free from ...

New E-Verify Web Site

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, April 26, 2018
On April 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new website, On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order to help reduce illegal ...

Are You a Big Tipper?

Posted by: Anthony Zaller, Esq. on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tip Pools Now Okay for All Employees On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 signed by President Trump changed the federal law on this issue and now allows employers to share tips with “back of the house employees”. ...

A Meal ?Break? For Employers

Posted by: Joy P. Waltemath, J.D. on Thursday, April 12, 2018
A California appeals court confirms and clarifies that employers need only provide meal breaks, not “ensure” employees take them. In Serrano v. Aerotek, Inc the court found the staffing company had satisfied its own duty to provide meal ...

Be Prepared for Workplace Violence

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, April 5, 2018
What do you do when one of your employees reports a threat of violence in your workplace? What do you do when you are concerned about the behavior of one of your workers? Can you fire someone for safety reasons? How can leaders and their employees ...

Five Signs of a Toxic Culture

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 29, 2018
A corporate culture can be a significant factor that leads to ethics violations and, in its worst case, is the direct cause for a violation, said presenters at a webinar entitled, "How Corporate Culture Impacts Compliance – And What to Do ...

New Regulation to Protect Hotel Housekeepers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 22, 2018
CalOSHA recently announced that California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation ...

Employee Friendly Overtime Adopted

Posted by: By Lorene D. Park, J.D. (edited) on Thursday, March 15, 2018
The California Supreme Court, reversing the appellate court, has held that in determining an employee’s regular rate of pay, which included a flat sum attendance bonus for working unpopular weekend shifts, the divisor used to calculate the ...

What do Lovers and Clients Have in Common?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 8, 2018
I’ve got a quick and easy assignment for you. Take a moment and think about the things that originally attracted you to your current love and list them on a piece of paper. On a second piece of paper write down the reasons you believe your ...

Immigration Raids -Time to Audit Your I-9?s

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
US agents arrested more than 200 undocumented immigrants and targeted 122 businesses in a Southern California sweep last week. With California in the hot seat as a sanctuary state, now is the time to audit your Form I-9s and ensure your house is in ...

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