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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: Interactive process guidance for employers
CEA Online Exclusive December 2014
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to engage in a timely, good faith interactive process with an applicant or employee with a known disability or medical condition to identify or implement an effective reasonable accommodation. Not surprisingly, the FEHA regulations contain some very specific requirements and restrictions for employers engaging in such a process. . . . more

Legislation: Overview of the new state employment laws
December 2014
Governor Brown signed several employment-related bills into law this fall. . . . more

NLRA: NLRB strikes down Facebook firings; Workers' comment, 'Like' were protected
December 2014
NLRA NLRB strikes down Facebook firings; Workers' comment, 'Like' were protected . . . more

Wage and hour: Prompt payment, waiting time penalties apply to employees who quit or retire
December 2014
California's wage and hour laws mandate that employers promptly pay final wages to employees who have quit or been fired from their jobs. In case you've been confused as to whether these provisions apply to retiring employees, though, the California Court of Appeals has made it clear that they do--and it makes no difference whether the retiring employee works for a public or private employer. . . . more

FEHA: Fitness-for-duty exam OK'd; Why the interactive process wasn't implicated
December 2014
California employers are often wary of requiring fitness-for-duty examinations (FFDs) of employees, and with good reason. After all, under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employer may mandate such exams only if they satisfy certain requirements. But, contrary to the argument made by the employee in one recent case, those requirements don't necessarily include engaging in the interactive process. . . . more

Drugs and alcohol: Are your workers taking opioid painkillers? Prevent hazards caused by abuse
December 2014
Identifying and dealing with drug use and abuse in your workplace is vital to your workers' safety and productivity. Many employers already have a drug abuse prevention program in place, complete with pre-employment testing and drug screens that are conducted randomly or as needed to identify workers who are current users. . . . more

Wrongful termination: Court allows alleged whistleblower's claim based on public policy
December 2014
The scope of protections for claims by alleged whistleblowers seems to have expanded now that the California Court of Appeals has recognized a public interest in a workplace free from crime. That means an employee's assertion that his or her termination was based on complaints about criminal violations can support a claim for wrongful discharge even if no specific employment law, like the state Fair Employment and Housing Act, was violated . . . . more

Featured resource: Time to understand waiting time penalties
December 2014
Most California employers know the basic rule about waiting time penalties: An employer that willfully fails to pay an employee all of his or her final compensation (including earned, accrued, and unused vacation) within the time set by law automatically owes the employee a waiting time penalty for each additional day the employee must wait to receive the final paycheck. . . . more


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