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Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

Here's a list of what is catching our eye this month...

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2020 Minimum Wage Hike Creates Ripple Effects

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

California is on course to reach a minimum wage of $15/hour for businesses of all sizes by 2023 -- with incremental increases over the next few years. On January 1, 2020 the statewide minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $12 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

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When should a CEO consider outsourcing the accounting function?

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

Accounting is typically a CEOs least understood function in the business. Many times companies are looking for the perfect time to outsource their accounting and by the time they make the switch, they wished they would have done it sooner. Why? Outsourced accounting teams are more cost effective and also have a rigorous check system between bookkeepers, controllers and a CFO team.

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Does the New Fed Overtime Rule Affect California Employers?

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

Recently, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum salary test that a worker must meet in order to be classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The rule increases the federal minimum salary test to $35,568 effective January 1, 2020. 

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What Can You Do about the Flu?

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

Each year, the flu season hits the United States. The severity and length varies -- with some years being much worse than others. One thing we know for sure is that the flu season affects both your employees’ health and welfare and your company’s bottom line. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, up to 17 million employee workdays are lost during the flu season each year -- at an estimated $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.

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How NOT to Handle Holiday & Religious Accommodation Requests

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

Time off for the holidays is a common employee request. If you are in charge of the office holiday scheduling, keep in mind that employers also must provide reasonable accommodation to religious practices.

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Accountability Leadership Series: Your Key to Success

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

Creating a culture of accountability should be the goal of every company in 2020 and is definitely one of ours here at CEA. Yet, in a recent survey of over 6k CEOs, 53% stated that although they are focused on getting results, holding people accountable is difficult. It takes courage to address problems quickly and real intention to create a culture of accountability.

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Kim's Message: What Goal Setting Does for Your Brain

Published Thursday, October 31, 2019

CEA just returned from a two-day Strategic Planning and Goal Setting Retreat. Due to limitations like time away from the office, personal schedules and of course expense, this was only the fourth offsite retreat we’ve held in the past 17 years. As you might imagine, there was quite a bit of self-imposed pressure and angst on my part to ensure to our Board of Directors that the retreat was productive and cost-effective.

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