Important Notice for Our Members

Posted by: on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

As the President and CEO of California Employers Association, I am proud to be a part of the remarkable team that serves you. These types of notifications are always the hardest part of my job, but it’s time to inform members of a change in our hourly bill rate from $190/hour to $195/hour, effective January 2019. Members can also expect an annual dues increase of $100, effective on your 2019 anniversary renewal date. What’s not changing is our commitment to providing you with exceptional resources, response times and subject matter experts.

As a CEA member, you have access to exceptional products and a talented team of:

In-House Attorneys: Jessica Hawthorne, Esq. and Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. This high caliber duo has a combined total of over 40 years of employment law experience including investigations and litigation. 

Subject Matter Experts: Mari Bradford, Jenn Connolly, Dennis Pufpaf and Craig Strong collectively have more than 100 years of human resource and labor relations experience in a vast number of industries. Along with our in-house attorneys, they answer over 12,000 calls each year from employers.

Trainers and Recruiters: Daniela Devitt, Jerry Franksen, Kecia Hanson and Jessica Mirabile, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP are all certified trainers with a boatload of degrees and years of experience in education, facilitation and recruiting. They help our members find top talent and build engaged teams.

Labor Relations Directors: Dr. Rene Castro and Scott Kidd both have an incredible amount of experience in helping our members deal with difficult union negotiations and complicated collective bargaining agreements.

Membership Directors: Scott Dear, Mary Ann Grant, and Les Taylor are professionals who work to lighten the load for employers across the State with CEA’s membership plans, products, and services.

Operations Specialists: Geneva O’Roy, Andrea Fredrickson, Stephanie Neely, Regina Ruby, and Sandy Van Vleck make up our Operations team. This great group keeps CEA’s infrastructure strong, our marketing materials fresh and provides superior customer service for thousands of employers each year!

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve your business and thankful to be your trusted HR resource when it comes to education, training and employee relation needs.

Interested in getting more involved in your association? Consider attending our Annual Member Meeting on December 19th in Sacramento. Our current CEA Board Chair, Sheryl Carlson will be stepping down and Maggie Bender Johnson will be stepping into the role of Board Chair for 2019. We will also conduct a quarterly business meeting and discuss the progress and future goals for CEA. Please email me at

CEA is not a law firm and does not dispense legal advice.  Therefore, conversations with CEA are not attorney-client privileged.  The information CEA provides via forms, telephone calls, written messages (such as email and letter) is informational and educational in nature, and not specifically tailored to an employer’s needs.  CEA is not an insurer and is not responsible for any claims or actions arising out of an employer’s human resources matters. Employers use our information at their own risk, and in conjunction with their own legal and human resource advisors. 

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