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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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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

Battling Bullies in the California Workplace: Policies for Keeping Your Office Safe and CompliantBattling Bullies in the California Workplace: Policies for Keeping Your Office Safe and Compliant
Originally presented on October 29, 2014
Don't let workplace bullying hurt your organization. Learn how to develop and maintain a workplace culture that protects employee health and your organization's reputation while promoting both productivity and profitability. . . . more

Writing ADA and FEHA Compliant Job Descriptions in California: How to Meet the New RequirementsWriting ADA and FEHA Compliant Job Descriptions in California: How to Meet the New Requirements
Originally presented on August 12, 2014
California employers can get in-depth guidance on how to write clear and legal job descriptions. You will get tips on how to avoid missteps with the ADA and FEHA, and still provide effective job descriptions. Our presenter will provide you with resources and information essential to ensuring your organization's job descriptions are legal and clear, which can go a long way toward keeping you free from future legal entanglements due to ADA or FEHA missteps. . . . more

Wage & Hour Audits in California: How to Identify--and Manage--the Biggest Compliance Risks of TodayWage & Hour Audits in California: How to Identify--and Manage--the Biggest Compliance Risks of Today
Originally presented on July 22, 2014
Learn how to make your arbitration hold up in court and how evaluate whether arbirtation, mediation, or litigation is the right option for a given employment dispute. Get insight into the key differences among arbitration, litigation, or mediation, so you'll have a better sense of which one may be right for your organization. In addition, you get tips for ensuring that arbitration agreements hold up under California law. . . . more

Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation: What Every HR Professional in California Needs to Know about Dispute Resolution OptionsArbitration, Litigation, Mediation: What Every HR Professional in California Needs to Know about Dispute Resolution Options
Originally presented on June 11, 2014
Learn how to make your arbitration hold up in court and how evaluate whether arbirtation, mediation, or litigation is the right option for a given employment dispute. Get insight into the key differences among arbitration, litigation, or mediation, so you'll have a better sense of which one may be right for your organization. In addition, you get tips for ensuring that arbitration agreements hold up under California law. . . . 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 preventing unemployment insurance fraud
CEA Online Exclusive January 2015
Legitimate claims for unemployment compensation are costly enough for California employers--the last thing you need is to fall prey to fraudulent claims, including imposter fraud and identity theft. Here's a checklist based on tips from the state Employment Development Department (EDD) on how to combat such fraud while also controlling your unemployment insurance costs. . . . more

Arbitration: NLRB again strikes down class waiver under NLRA
January 2015
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stunned many employers and legal observers back in early 2012 when it issued a decision holding that the class action waiver in an employer's mandatory arbitration agreement violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). . . . more

Independent contractors: Court OKs 'employee-centric' Wage Orders test for wage and hour class action
January 2015
The misclassification of workers as independent contractors continues to plague California employers, particularly when the possibility of costly class actions is on the table. . . . more

Unemployment compensation: Benefits denied; Why the employee was disqualified
January 2015
In the August 2014 issue of CEA, we told you about a California Supreme Court ruling that found an employee who was terminated for failing to sign a disciplinary memo wasn't disqualified for misconduct from receiving unemployment benefits. Now the state Court of Appeals has considered another alleged misconduct case--and concluded that the employee's behavior did disqualify him from unemployment benefits. . . . more

NLRA: Facebook exchange loses protected status; Workers were 'unfit for service'
January 2015
In a case we reported on last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that some employees' Facebook postings didn't lose their protection under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because disparaging and defamatory comments were made within the overall exchange. . . . more

Wage and hour: Claims against company with 'no employees' allowed; How it was an 'employer'
January 2015
A business described by the court as a "corporation with no employees" needn't worry about wage and hour compliance, right? Wrong, according to a recent California Court of Appeals ruling. The court's detailed opinion illustrates well just how a parent company can become liable for a subsidiary's violations. . . . more

Featured resource: Is progressive discipline right for you?
January 2015
A progressive discipline policy lays out a clear progression of actions that will be taken when an employee violates your work rules (although some infractions may warrant skipping the early steps). As with any workplace policy, progressive discipline comes with advantages and disadvantages you must consider before adopting such a policy. . . . more


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