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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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Terminations 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: Updated checklist for mandatory supervisor sexual harassment training
CEA Online Exclusive July 2015
For more than a decade, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has mandated supervisor sexual harassment training (often referred to as A.B. 1825 training) for California employers with 50 or more employees. These employers must provide at least 2 hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education on sexual harassment to all supervisors located in the state within 6 months of hire or promotion and every 2 years after that. . . . more

Religion: U.S. Supreme Court rules against Abercrombie in headscarf discrimination case
July 2015
In the January 2014 issue of CEA, we told you about three religious discrimination cases the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had filed against the national retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over its failure to accommodate Muslim employees or applicants who wore a headscarf known as a hijab. . . . more

ERISA: SCOTUS finds ongoing duty to monitor 401(k) investments--and increases lawsuit risk
July 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a unanimous decision that should serve as a wake-up call for many employers that sponsor retirement plans for their employees. The Court's ruling made clear that retirement plan fiduciaries--a role often filled by employers--have a continuing duty to monitor plan investments and remove "imprudent" investments. . . . more

Sexual harassment: Contract employee prevails; The 3-part FEHA protection test for contractors
July 2015
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) generally protects only employees and applicants, but the provisions prohibiting harassment extend broader protections. A recent state Court of Appeals ruling in a sexual harassment case provides a useful reminder that the law also covers contract employees and explains the three-part test courts use to determine whether an individual qualifies for protection as a contractor. . . . more

Health and safety: 5 heat illness myths that put your workers at risk--and how to combat them
July 2015
Heat illness is on the rise in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that hospitalizations for heat stress have increased 2 percent to 5 percent in 20 states, including California, for the period of 2001--2010. California had a relatively low incidence rate--1.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents--but also reported the highest number of heat stress illness cases for the entire period, at 5,385. . . . more

Legal: Court questions 'no-employment' clauses in settlement agreements
July 2015
When employees bring claims or lawsuits against employers, it's no surprise that negative feelings can ensue between the parties. That's one reason why many settlement agreements ending such disputes include a "no-employment" provision. But now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses California, has called the validity of these provisions into question. Read on to learn why no-employment clauses might not be enforceable. . . . more

Featured resource: EEOC tips for avoiding religious discrimination claims
July 2015
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has suggested numerous best practices for eradicating religious discrimination in the workplace. . . . more

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


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