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Since 1991, California Employer Advisor has been helping California employers with their employment-related compliance challenges. We understand as well as you do that doing business in California simply isn't like doing business anywhere else.

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CFRA Intermittent Leave in California:

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Tricky Disability Accommodation Issues in California: How to Navigate a Compliant Path under the ADA/FEHATricky Disability Accommodation Issues in California: How to Navigate a Compliant Path under the ADA/FEHA
Originally presented on March 25, 2015
Listen to an in-depth webinar as our presenter, a seasoned California-based employment attorney, will explain how to successfully navigate the murky and downright treacherous waters of disability accommodation laws, and how to chart a path through the trickiest of ADA/FEHA accommodations. . . . more

Managing HR's Legal Risks: The Top 10 Things Employers Do to Get Sued in California and How to Minimize the Likelihood of LawsuitsManaging HR's Legal Risks: The Top 10 Things Employers Do to Get Sued in California and How to Minimize the Likelihood of Lawsuits
Originally presented on February 26, 2015
Listen to an in-depth webinar to learn many of the most common mistakes employers make to land themselves in legal hot water in California, and what you can do to avoid them. . . . more

Commission Sales Agreements in California: How to Achieve Desired Results and Comply with the LawCommission Sales Agreements in California: How to Achieve Desired Results and Comply with the Law
Originally presented on January 29, 2015
Listen to an in-depth webinar that will demystify the confusion around commission sales agreements--who requires them, and who doesn't, and what you must include in the agreement. Our presenters answer questions California HR professionals are faced with on this matter, and provide guidelines on how to go about complying with the law. . . . more

CFRA Certifications: The Ins and Outs of Compliance in CaliforniaCFRA Certifications: The Ins and Outs of Compliance in California
Originally presented on December 16, 2014
With rising medical costs and a cumbersome workers' compensation claims and appeals process, employers and unions here in California should consider whether using a workers' compensation carve out is right for them. . . . more

Workers' Compensation Carve Outs in California: How to Use This Legislatively Authorized Tool for Cutting Costs, Boosting Efficiency & Improving Union Relations in Resolving Employees ClaimsWorkers' Compensation Carve Outs in California: How to Use This Legislatively Authorized Tool for Cutting Costs, Boosting Efficiency & Improving Union Relations in Resolving Employees Claims
Originally presented on November 14, 2014
With rising medical costs and a cumbersome workers' compensation claims and appeals process, employers and unions here in California should consider whether using a workers' compensation carve out is right for them. . . . more

Policies and Forms
Sample Policy: Recruitment of New EmployeesSample Policy: Recruitment of New Employees
Updated February 2015
XYZ, Inc., aggressively recruits to attract top-caliber individuals to all levels of the organization. Vacant or new positions may be filled by either transfer or promotion of existing employees, or by new employees who are recruited or apply. Recruitment may be conducted through advertising . . . more

Sample Policy: State Unemployment InsuranceSample Policy: State Unemployment Insurance
Updated February 2015
You may be protected against total loss of wages if you become unemployed under certain conditions as outlined by the California Unemployment Insurance Code. Eligibility requirements under this code . . . more

Sample Policy: State Disability InsuranceSample Policy: State Disability Insurance
Updated February 2015
Nonoccupational disability insurance is provided by state law for every California employee who is covered by the Unemployment Insurance Code and who meets the eligibility requirements. . . . more

Sample Policy: Workers' CompensationSample Policy: Workers' Compensation
Updated February 2015
XYZ Inc. furnishes workers' compensation insurance coverage at its expense. Workers' comp insurance is intended to provide medical care and pay for lost time resulting from injuries on the job and those illnesses . . . more

Sample Policy: Intellectual Property Assignments: Inventions, Patents, and CopyrightsSample Policy: Intellectual Property Assignments: Inventions, Patents, and Copyrights
Updated February 2015
All inventions, patents, and copyrightable works conceived, developed, or created by any XYZ Inc. employee during the term of his or her employment are created as works for hire and will remain the sole property of the company. XYZ will be free to use any such discoveries, . . . more

California Employer Advisor

Most Recent Articles
Online Exclusive: Do's and don'ts for FEHA-compliant job descriptions
CEA Online Exclusive June 2015
Claims brought under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) can cripple an employer. Even if you ultimately prevail in court, the costs of litigation are high. One way employers can help protect themselves is to maintain solid, defensible job descriptions. Here are some tips for crafting compliant job descriptions. . . . more

Employee handbooks: NLRB issues employee handbook guidance: What you need to know
June 2015
In the past year, several National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings have stricken down various employee handbook provisions for violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Even so, the NLRB's Office of the General Counsel continues to receive "meritorious charges" alleging unlawful handbook rules. . . . more

Legislation: California Legislature mulls new employment-related laws
June 2015
Last fall, Governor Brown signed a full slate of new employment-related legislation into law--and the state legislature hasn't let up. . . . more

NLRA: NLRB finds vulgar Facebook posting to be 'protected concerted activity'
June 2015
At this point, employers are becoming accustomed to startling rulings from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). But many employers may nonetheless be surprised to hear that the board has ruled against an employer that fired a worker who posted vulgar comments about his supervisor and the supervisor's family on Facebook. . . . more

Return to work: Get workers back on the job with light-duty assignments
June 2015
Is your workforce ailing? Maybe one employee is out because he hurt his back cleaning gutters at home, another went ahead and had that elective foot surgery she'd been putting off, and another is out on a workers' comp claim after slipping in the warehouse. . . . more

Religious discrimination: 'Sun Worshipping Atheism' not protected; Why it's not a religion
June 2015
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on their religious creed. While it's not always clear what qualifies as a covered "religious creed," a recent state Court of Appeals ruling illustrates that there are indeed limits--even in California. . . . more

Featured resource: Critical changes to the heat illness prevention standard
June 2015
Significant changes to Cal/OSHA's heat illness prevention standard took effect May 1. Here's what you need to know if you have employees who work outside. . . . more


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