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.
A "Future Focus" business summit with Patrick Schwerdtfeger as the keynote speaker, explained how the U.S. needs to reinvent our workforce due to technology disruption. Futurists are predicting that 40% of our current S&P 500 companies and 47% of the jobs in the U.S. will no longer exist by 2029.
September is National Preparedness Month with the theme Prepared, Not Scared. By its nature, an emergency is an unforeseen crisis. California employers may be faced with many types of natural disasters or other emergencies, including fires, earthquakes, extreme weather (storms, high heat), and floods.
Assembly Bill 5, also known as the “Gig Economy Bill,” was just signed into law by Governor Newsom. How will it impact employers that employ independent contractors in California? Most importantly, it will require a comprehensive review of such relationships. For those businesses that utilize independent contractors on any regular basis to perform tasks which are an integral part of their operations, the law may compel them to transition the workers to employees.
In August, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill (SB) 778. Effective immediately, this bill extends the deadline for employers with five or more employees to provide anti-harassment training by one year—from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021.
Office parties can boost morale and lighten the mood. They can help connect people in different departments and at different levels in the organization. But Halloween office parties come with their potential frights! How can your company have fun without the scary ghouls from HR coming to spirit you away?
As California employers, we know we must post the required federal and California posters somewhere conspicuous where employees are likely to see the poster (and therefore read it!) We also know that these posters have a way of getting updated, all throughout the year. 2019 was one of those years!