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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.

LGBT Pride Flags in front of Supreme Court

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?

Welcome Back to Work

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.

Saving Jobs Through a Work Share Plan

Posted by: Astrid Servin, HR Director on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Many businesses are making difficult decisions to reduce their workforce. If you have a workforce that is willing and able to work, but business is slow, the Work Sharing program may be a viable option. 

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, March 19, 2020

Last evening, the federal government approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The new law takes effect "no later than" 15 days from the date of its enactment which is April 1 and ends on December 31, 2020.

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Covid-19 and Work: Free Resources and CEA Webinar

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus is here and information changes daily. As the crisis unfolds, employers have many questions regarding reducing risk, business impact, and managing employees. At CEA, our members have raised lots of good questions and concerns. On March 19, 2020, all employers can join us for a free one-hour discussion on coronavirus and the workplace.

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Try These 16 Fun Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, March 5, 2020

March 6 is Employee Appreciation Day -- a day when companies make the extra effort to appreciate all of their employees' contributions. Did you know that 40% of employed Americans say they'd put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often?

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Primary Election Day & "Time Off to Vote"

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, February 27, 2020

Super Tuesday is March 3, 2020 — the day when the greatest number of U.S. states hold primary elections and caucuses. Here's what employers need to know about Time Off to Vote.

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Got Questions about the New I-9 Form? Join Us for Free I-9 Training

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, February 20, 2020

On January 31, 2020, the USCIS released the newly updated Form I-9. All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. Join our webinar to be walked through the new Form I-9.

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Love is in the Air, But Let's Filter it Out of the Office

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, February 13, 2020
If you think office romances aren't happening in your workplace, think again! Despite your best efforts to discourage these office romances, 58% of employees have engaged in a romantic relationship with a colleague. While only 30% of those ages ...
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Q and A: Coronavirus and the Workplace

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, February 6, 2020

CEA has started receiving calls from employers regarding the coronavirus. What can they do if an employee has the virus? What about employees who travel to areas that are highly affected? What if our business operations are affected? We answer these and more. 

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New Form I-9 Released

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Monday, February 3, 2020

On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the newly updated Form I-9. All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers must complete the form.

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