California Employer Advisor - The Award-Winning Guide to Employment Law and Employee RelationsCalifornia Employer Advisor
HomeTopicsHR Policies & FormsSpecial ReportsAboutSearchMember Log-In
101 Must-Have Policies - California Employee Handbook Template Updated for 2014
About This Site
Editorial Review Board
Mission Statement
Most Recent Articles
Upcoming Webinars
Webinars On Demand
Online Exclusive
Subscribe To RSS
2014 Guide to Employment Law for California Employers
Compliance Calendar
HR Policies & Forms
Special Reports
Required Notices
Supervisor PDFs
Ask an Editor
HRMC Library
Reference Links
California Wage & Hour Report
Account/Login Help
Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Our Guarantee
Text Size
New Federal Workplace Poster Update
A Publication of California Employer Resources

Employment Law Compliance
Help for California Employers

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.


Exclusive Members-Only Webinar Series

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 featured webinar is:

Meal and Rest Breaks in California:

Food for Thought on How to Handle Your Compliance Obligations
Learn More

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Pacific)

Members can register here.

Not a member yet? Click here.

Webinars on Demand
Family and Medical Leave in California: Top 10 CFRA/FMLA Administration Goofs to Avoid!Family and Medical Leave in California: Top 10 CFRA/FMLA Administration Goofs to Avoid!
Originally presented on March 26, 2014
Administering leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) remains one of the trickiest challenges for HR professionals to master--especially in California where CFRA, along with pregnancy leave and other time off requirements, require broader compliance obligations.

. . .

California's Healthcare Exchange: What Employer Should KnowCalifornia's Healthcare Exchange: What Employer Should Know
Originally presented on February 26, 2014
Effective January 1, 2015, larger employers, those with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees, must provide group healthcare coverage or will be subject to "pay or play" penalties under the Affordable Care Act. The penalties won't apply to small employers, those with fewer than 50 employees, and such organizations are eligible to enroll in Covered California/SHOP.

. . .

FMLA/CFRA Certifications: How to Properly Track Absences and Stop Leave AbuseFMLA/CFRA Certifications: How to Properly Track Absences and Stop Leave Abuse
Originally presented on January 29, 2014
FMLA and CFRA situations are far from black and white affairs. For instance, what happens when an employee repeatedly forgets to give you the certification form from his doctor, or fails to return it by the specified deadline? What if the healthcare provider is actually the obstacle in your path? You've got to get that information somehow, but the law, particularly here in California, doesn't make it easy.

. . .

HR Recordkeeping in California: What to Keep, What to Shred & Practical Pointers on Everything in BetweenHR Recordkeeping in California: What to Keep, What to Shred & Practical Pointers on Everything in Between
Originally presented on December 18, 2013
This seminar will provide an overview of the potential pitfalls of HR recordkeeping in California, especially those danger areas that organizations may not realize they're inadvertently violating. It will provide an overview of the kinds of records HR professionals come into contact with, what they should and shouldn't be keeping, their legal obligations, and what to do if federal or state agencies come knocking. . . . more

Pregnancy Related Liabilities in California  How to Master the Tricky Compliance Issues This Protected Condition DeliversPregnancy Related Liabilities in California How to Master the Tricky Compliance Issues This Protected Condition Delivers
Originally presented on November 21, 2013
When an employee announces her pregnancy, you could find yourself walking a legal tightrope to ensure that you don't violate several state and federal antidiscrimination and leave laws, such as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). . . . more

Policies and Forms
Sample Policy: Recruitment of New EmployeesSample Policy: Recruitment of New Employees
Updated February 2014
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 2014
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 2014
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 2014
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 2014
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: Checklist for supervisor sexual harassment training
CEA Online Exclusive April 2014
In the midst of last year's uproar over sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, it came to light that Filner had never undergone the sexual harassment training required for supervisors under state law. What about your supervisors? . . . more

Wage and hour: Court tosses overtime class action; CBA provisions bar claims
April 2014
California law imposes very specific requirements on employers regarding overtime compensation, and not complying with them can land an employer in hot--and expensive--water, especially if employees bring a class action lawsuit. But the state Court of Appeals has confirmed that unionized employers can wield their collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) to deflect such litigation if certain requirements are satisfied. . . . more

Expenses: Failure to reimburse can constitute constructive discharge
April 2014
It's not unusual, unreasonable, or unlawful for an employer to require an employee to use his or her own vehicle for work-related tasks. But the law does require an employer to reimburse the employee for work-related expenses, and not doing so can result in the loss of much more than the amount of those expenses. As one employer discovered, the failure to reimburse can also lead to a costly wrongful termination lawsuit. . . . more

Unions: NLRB takes another shot at amending election procedures
April 2014
The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) first attempt to amend the rules and regulations for union elections was struck down by a federal court in 2012 because the board approved the changes without a quorum. Now, the NLRB has proposed another round of amendments that are essentially identical to the earlier rules. . . . more

Wage Orders: 9th Circuit seeks clarification of duty to provide workers 'suitable seating'
April 2014
The federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the California Supreme Court to answer several questions regarding the California Wage Order provision requiring employees to provide "suitable seats" to employees in certain circumstances. . . . more

Sexual harassment: Same-sex taunting leads to costly verdict; Lack of sexual desire is irrelevant
April 2014
You probably already know that taunting and bullying aren't restricted to the schoolyard. They can pop up in the workplace, too, and lead to all kinds of problems, from low morale to legal liability--including liability for sexual harassment, regardless of whether the harasser was the same gender as the victim or was motivated by sexual desire. . . . more

Featured Resource: 5 critical components for an EEOC position statement
April 2014
When faced with a charge from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one of your first steps will usually be to respond with a "statement of position." The position statement is your opportunity to tell your side of the story, but many employers neglect to include some of the most essential information. . . . more

Online Exclusive: Checklist for H-1B petition packages
CEA Online Exclusive March 2014
Competition for H-1B visas has heated up in recent years, making it more important than ever that you submit your documents properly. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made it clear that incomplete or inaccurate petitions can result in the rejection or denial of an H-1B petition. . . . more

Take a Guided Site Tour

2013 FMLA/CFRA Master Class

California Employer Advisor

Subscriber Testimonials

"I'm a fan of ERI and the California Employer Advisor. I started subscribing years ago, probably when ERI was initiated. It's my favorite employment publication and have subscribed at each employer and used with HR staff. It's a quick read and gives the core of an issue and is current. I like the lay-out and also subscribe on-line. It's just a quality experience."

J. Logan

Director Human Resources
City of Newark, CA

"I appreciate the timely and informative information provided by your excellent newsletter supplemented by your online updates. Keep up the good work."

Steve Ross

Executive VP
The American Consulting Group
Mission Viejo, CA

"I don't want to miss a single issue!"

Marie Walker

Mojave, CA

"This is a great thing that you are doing. It helps the layman gain knowledge about California law and current events. Thanks!"

Brett Arenas

Cascade Drilling

"I have recommended California Employer Advisor to my colleagues. It is concise and clear, and the coverage of laws specific to California is easy to read and interpret. This is the only California employment law subscription service I buy."

Barbara J.

Director of Development
History San Jose
San Jose, CA

"I recommend California Employer Advisor. It has a lot of helpful information on ever-changing labor laws. I am just so glad you exist. You make my job alot easier."

Victoria G.

Golden Valley Health Centers
Merced, CA

"The California Employer Advisor is an essential component of up-to-date information that I use in my profession."

Gayle L.

HR Manager
Old Fisherman's Grotto
Monterey, CA

"I appreciate the accuracy and timeliness of the information in California Employer Advisor"

Roberta C.

Professional Print & Mail, Inc
Fresno, CA

"California Employer Advisor is like an American Express card--you can't do business without it."

Steve Singer

OASE Pumps, Inc.

"I have been in HR for 13 years, and California Employer Advisor is the best publication I have ever seen. It's clear, concise, and presents all relevent information on the topic."

Gail Pollard

HR Consultant
Aetna Life & Casualty

"Being able to frame specific questions to someone who could point me in the right direction is worth all the money I pay. I have been a user for at least the last 8 years."

Cynthia Mendez

Director Global Human Resources
BakBone Software, Inc.

"I have recommended California Employer Advisor to several colleagues because the information is timely. It is hard to keep up on everything. It helps me focus on top issues."

Lillian Wekner

HR Specialist
Healthline Systems

"I like the E-Alert! It's straightforward, succint, a quick yet informative read. Thanks."

G. Matthews


"I like your newsletters. Often I know something is changing before management does. Thank you for keeping me up-to-date. I like being the first to know."

Karen Nelson

Countrywide Home Loans

"California Employer Advisor helped us prevent a lawsuit by an employee who claimed he should be paid overtime. The newsletter provided very specific information that helped us show the person was actually exempt."

Monique Klarich

Director of Human Resources
DuPuis Design

"...the investment is so small compared to the value of the information provided."

Nancy A. Tillie

Business and Personnel Manager
Clean Seas

"...a quick and informative directly with reality as opposed to academic theories...focuses on relevant, day-to-day operational concerns."

Lynn Warren

Director of Human Resources
Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center

"I turn to California Employer Advisor weekly for answers--it saves me a call to our lawyer. It's my bible"

Melissa Hotell

HR Manager
Davis Lumber & Hardware

"Combines the worlds of law and employee relations into an extremly useful and readable format...practical advice on complex issues...written for the nonlawyer."

Edward T. Gardner

Vice President, Human Resources
Spectra-Physics Lasers, Inc

"Although I use many tools to keep current on the ever-changing legal requirements for California employers, California Employer Advisor is the most valuable. Nowhere else can I get such timely and accurate information in a concise, understandable report! I'm always recommending your newsletter."

Janet Caprario

Finance Director
The Planning Center

CER has received 14 Editorial Excellence Awards