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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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"The Super Bowl Made Me Super Sick" and Other Workplace Fumbles

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, January 30, 2020
Do any of your employees get "Super Bowl Fever," calling in with mysterious illnesses the Monday after Super Bowl? If so, you are not alone. And this year, with the San Francisco 49ers going for their sixth Super Bowl win, California employers may ...
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CEA Provides Free Harassment Prevention Training

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, January 23, 2020

By now you've probably heard that California requires all employers of 5 or more persons to provide harassment prevention training. Good News: CEA provides our members with free online supervisory harassment prevention training! As well as plenty of other live and webinar training options to meet your company's needs.

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2020 Focus on What's Important...Not What's Urgent

Posted by: Tom Sheehan, Manager, Advice & Resolution at CAI on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Most of everything we do can be put into one of four quadrants on a grid. In 2020, keep this model in mind as you plan (and work) your day. Doing so will help you keep your attention on the most important things in your life.

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Be Prepared: The California Consumer Privacy Act is Here

Posted by: Sean Nalty, Ogletree Deakins on Thursday, January 9, 2020

In late 2018 the California legislature passed the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") that provides comprehensive privacy protections to give consumers "significantly more control over their information." This complex law provides consumers the right to know what personal information about them is collected, sold, or used by a business. Businesses must have the procedures and personnel to implement the procedures mandated by the CCPA and be compliant with the CCPA by January 1, 2020.

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IRS Mileage Rate Drops for 2020

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, January 2, 2020

The IRS has issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rate, with a slight half-cent drop for the new year. The optional standard mileage rate is used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

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Have You Ordered Your 2020 Poster Yet?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Friday, December 27, 2019

In California, employers have workplace posting obligations. Between the state and federal requirements, California employers must post a total of 18 state and federal employment law notices.

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Big Changes in the 2020 Form W-4

Tags: Payroll
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, December 12, 2019

Significant changes to the W-4 were made to bring it in line with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which changed tax rates, deductions, credits and personal exemptions. The IRS released the final version of the Form W-4 on December 4th. 

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Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Pay

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, December 5, 2019

Requests for time off are common during December through January. Employers may find themselves faced with multiple vacation requests from employees and questions about pay.

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Giving "Thanks" to Your Employees

Tags: Holidays
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, November 21, 2019

While the holiday has taken on different characteristics over the years, it remains a time to say "thanks." And, it's a great time to reflect on the ways that your business can show gratitude to your employees.

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Give Mom a Break: New Lactation Accommodation Rules for 2020

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley J.D. on Thursday, November 14, 2019

A new California Law for 2020, SB 142, imposes important new employee lactation accommodation requirements. This new law requires the location to have certain mandatory features, requires employers to

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2020 Exemption Updates: Check Your Employee Compensation

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, November 7, 2019

California law has a "minimum salary test" that employees must meet before they can be classified as exempt from wage and hour laws (overtime, breaks, lunches), along with a duties test. These salary rates will increase beginning January 1, 2020.

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