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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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Each month, we offer a special webinar exclusively for our CEA Online subscribers. CEA Online subscribers also get access to our full library of past subscribers-only webinars.

Our next featured webinar:

Calculating Overtime in California:

How to Avoid Computational Errors and Master Your Wage and Hour Obligations
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Webinars on Demand
CFRA Intermittent Leave in California: What You Need to Know to Comply with the Law While Curbing Suspected FraudCFRA Intermittent Leave in California: What You Need to Know to Comply with the Law While Curbing Suspected Fraud
Originally presented on June 24, 2015
To make sure your intermittent leave policies are both up-to-date and manageable, watch this webinar led by an experienced, California-based employment law attorney. You'll obtain excellent working knowledge of one of the trickiest areas of California leave law . . . more

Workplace Investigations from Complaint to Closure: Step-by-Step Instructions for the California HR ProWorkplace Investigations from Complaint to Closure: Step-by-Step Instructions for the California HR Pro
Originally presented on May 5, 2015
Listen to an in-depth webinar as our presenter gets you up-to-speed on how to conduct workplace investigations here in California when you participate in this interactive webinar specifically for California employers . . . more

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

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: 5 strategies for fostering mental wellness in the workplace
October 2015
Mental illness has achieved almost daily presence in today's headlines--the recent on-air killing of two journalists is just one vivid example With the issue becoming more and more prominent, it must be addressed in the place where many people spend most of their time: at work. . . . more

NLRA: NLRB significantly expands definition of 'joint employer'
October 2015
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently stunned employers across the country when it issued its long-awaited decision on what a "joint employer" relationship is in a case involving a California recycling center. In a 3--2 ruling, the board "refined" its standard for determining joint-employer status "to better effectuate the purposes of the [National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)] in the current economic landscape." . . . more

Misclassification: DOL issues new guidance; Who's an employee under the FLSA?
October 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) first Administrator's Interpretation of 2015 has far-reaching implications for employers that hire independent contractors. The guidance, which discusses the appropriate standard for determining whether an employee is misclassified as an independent contractor under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), explicitly states that "most workers are employees under the FLSA." It makes clear the DOL's intent to continue cracking down on misclassification. . . . more

Legal: Court OKs Costco's withholding of payroll taxes on lost wages award
October 2015
No employer likes to find itself on the losing end of an employment-related lawsuit. But matters got even worse for one employer that found itself back in court after the employee alleged that it improperly withheld payroll taxes from his wrongful termination award. Fortunately, the employer came out on the winning side the second time around. . . . more

Disabilities: Depressed worker who threatened to kill coworkers isn't 'qualified individual'
October 2015
Violence in the workplace is a fear of every business, but employers are often confused about how they can lawfully respond to potential threats from employees with mental disabilities. . . . more

Independent contractors: Truck drivers found to be contractors; 9 factors the court cited
October 2015
Just 1 day after the U.S. Department of Labor issued its new guidance on how to determine whether employees are misclassified as independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the California Court of Appeals ruled in a misclassification case decided under state law. The court's opinion illustrates how the state test varies from the federal test. . . . more

Featured resource: Defenses to disability discrimination claims
October 2015
Even when an applicant or employee is a "qualified individual" with a disability, employers may be able to avoid liability for discrimination under three defenses recognized in the regulations for California's Fair Employment and Housing Act. . . . more

Online Exclusive: Tips for preventing psychiatric workers' comp claims
CEA Online Exclusive September 2015
When employees and employers hear the words "workers' compensation," they usually think first about physical injuries or illnesses stemming from the workplace. But workers' comp coverage can be implicated by mental injury, too. . . . more

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