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One Way or Another, You Will Pay: $1.7 Million to Restaurant Workers

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Man in suit stealing money

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office secured $1.7 million in assets from the owners of a Bay Area restaurant chain, Mango Garden, to pay 56 workers who were victims of “wage theft.”

Winery Gets Crushed for $11 Million in Harassment Case

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Winery grapes

Large sexual harassment awards are not going away anytime soon, as demonstrated by a recent verdict out of Los Angeles. A jury awarded over $11 million dollars to two winery employees.

Here’s the 411 on the Government Shutdown

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, January 10, 2019
government building

As the government shutdown continues due to disagreements between Congress and the Trump Administration, several services are impacted and may affect workplace employment-related issues. Read on to see what’s impacted and what's not.

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot!

Posted by: Scott Kidd, Director of Labor Relations on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Have you ever encountered a problem and found that a previous action has now set a precedent for your future action? In plain language, “you probably just shot yourself in the foot!”

Labor Law Poster Updates for 2019

Tags: Labor Laws
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, December 26, 2018
2019 labor law postings

In California, all 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.

California’s Minimum Wage Increases on Jan. 1

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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The Department of Industrial Relations has issued a notice reminding employers of the upcoming minimum wage increases. Under legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time, California’s minimum wage will increase on January 1 to $12 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more and to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

IRS Mileage Rate Increase for 2019 – Highest Rate in 10 Years

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Monday, December 17, 2018
Driving in Car

The IRS has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rate, with a significant increase 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.

New Year, New Deadline: New Harassment Prevention Training Requirements in 2019

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A new law for next year, SB 1343, requires that all employers of 5 or more employees provide 1 hour of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees by January 1, 2020.

Use Your Small Business' Big Voice

Posted by: Small Business California on Thursday, December 6, 2018
Small Business Survey

Small Business California (SB-CA) has announced their annual survey is now open to small business owners throughout the state. This survey is used to develop an action plan addressing concerns that were brought up to build a stronger small business community.

"Don't Talk to Women" is not a Harassment Prevention Tool

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, November 29, 2018
Woman trapped in jar

When it comes to preventing workplace harassment, a recent study by SHRM has mixed reviews. While there is some progress, there is also an absence of an overall cultural shift. For instance, two-thirds of executives have not changed their behaviors at all.

Are you on Santa's - I mean OSHA's List?

Tags: Form300A, OSHA
Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
OSHA logo

Cal/OSHA recently adopted emergency regulations requiring certain employers in California to electronically submit their 2017 Form 300A summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses to federal OSHA by December 31, 2018.

The Minimum Salary for a Manager is How Much?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Wages folder

The state minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2019, to $12 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11 an hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Because of this, the minimum salary for the administrative, professional and executive exemptions will also increase.

Prevent Bullying in the Workplace

Posted by: Sandy Van Vleck, Membership Services on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Woman inside box being laughed at

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported. Oftentimes this occurs because the would-be-reporter is afraid of retaliation. In other words, the ‘kill the messenger’ syndrome is alive and well in bullying, as it is in sexual harassment.

What California Employers Need to Know about Voting Time Off

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
American flag top hat

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2018, and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s what employers need to know.

New Lactation Accommodation Requirements on the Way in 2019

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 25, 2018
Woman with baby

A new law, AB 1976, effective January 2019, will require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a private area to pump that is not a bathroom.

Is Halloween A Trick or a Treat at Your Office?

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Jackolantern with Planner

Halloween is just around the corner and you may be thinking about an office celebration. If you decide to celebrate, what’s the best way to do so and avoid any Halloween workplace horror stories?

IRS Tax Guidance on Employer Paid Family Leave Credit

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Couple with baby

The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a federal tax credit to eligible employers that voluntarily provide paid family and medical leave to their employees.

New Law Requires Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for All Employees

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, October 4, 2018
Woman holding #MeToo sign

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
Woman with magnifying glass

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
Man at computer for interview

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
WingStop Sign

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
Unemployed crossed out to say employed

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
taco bell sign

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)?

August is Member Appreciation Month

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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 to show our appreciation to ...

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