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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.

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California's Quirky Employment Laws:

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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: 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

Leaves: Significant changes to paid sick leave law; Amendments effective now
September 2015
On July 1, 2015, California's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 took effect, requiring employers to provide eligible employees with paid sick leave. The implementation of such a sweeping mandatory employee benefit understandably prompted much discussion--and no small amount of confusion. . . . more

Wage and hour: DOL issues proposed overtime rule revisions; What you need to know
September 2015
Recently proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations would make it significantly more difficult to classify employees as exempt from overtime requirements. If approved, the regulations would dramatically change the determination of which executive, administrative, and professional employees--or "white-collar workers"--are entitled to overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). . . . more

Discrimination: Court upholds 'women-only' jobs; How the employer showed BFOQ justification
September 2015
Restricting certain jobs to a particular gender can be dicey legally, but it's not always unlawful. A decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers California) provides a useful example of how an employer's "individualized, well-researched decision" to designate gender-based job categories can withstand judicial scrutiny. . . . more

Drugs and alcohol: Random drug test leads to $30,000 verdict for employees; What went wrong
September 2015
Employee drug testing has become increasingly common in California workplaces. Testing is often motivated by employers' concerns about potential liability for actions or omissions of workers under the influence. But the tests themselves can also carry some legal risk if poorly executed, as one employer learned. . . . more

NLRA: NLRB rejects ban on worker buttons, stickers; Crude union insignias were protected
September 2015
It seems obvious that employers would have the right to prohibit their employees from wearing items with crude insignias on the job. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), though, that's not always so. In a case involving a California employer, for example, the board ruled that such restrictions violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which applies to both union and nonunion employers. . . . more

Featured resource: Drug and alcohol policy checklist
September 2015
Research shows that most illegal drug and heavy alcohol users hold jobs, making drug and alcohol abuse of obvious concern to employers. After all, workers who are high or drunk pose an obvious hazard to themselves, their coworkers, and the general public. . . . more

Online Exclusive: Tips for accommodating individuals with depression
CEA Online Exclusive August 2015
In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey during 2009--2012, 7.6 percent of Americans aged 12 and over suffered from symptoms of moderate or severe depression in the 2 weeks before they were interviewed. Almost 43 percent of people with severe depression symptoms reported serious difficulties in work, home, and social activities. . . . more

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