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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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Exempt, Nonexempt or Contractor:

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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
Leaves: DLSE clarifies paid sick leave 'upfront' option for nontraditional schedules
November 2015
The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, also known as the state paid sick leave law, continues to experience some growing pains. The law took effect on July 1, 2015, and was promptly amended by Assembly Bill 304 on July 13. . . . more

Age discrimination: Less-than-10-year age disparity is 'insubstantial'; How the employer still lost
November 2015
Employees and applicants who claim failure to promote based on age discrimination must show, among other things, that the person allegedly selected over them was "substantially younger." While no specific age difference has been recognized as substantial or insubstantial, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, recently adopted a "rebuttable presumption" that a difference of less than 10 years is insubstantial. . . . more

Workers' compensation: Do you know the exceptions to the 'exclusive remedy' provision?
November 2015
In the April 2015 issue of CEA, we told you about a case involving the "bunkhouse rule" in which an employee who lived in employer-owned housing was injured on the employer's property. While the California Court of Appeals' opinion--and our article--focused largely on the rule, the case ultimately boiled down to whether the employee's claim was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of the state Workers' Compensation Act. . . . more

Arbitration: Court rejects mandatory agreement; 4 reasons the agreement failed
November 2015
Federal and California courts generally favor the enforceability of arbitration agreements. They do have their limits, though. One California employer learned this the hard way when the state Court of Appeals dissected its mandatory arbitration agreement and didn't like what it found. . . . more

Featured resource: Do's and don'ts for FEHA-compliant job descriptions
November 2015
Drafting and revising job descriptions doesn't rank high on the list of favorite tasks for most HR staff. But job descriptions can provide valuable--or damaging--evidence when an employer is confronted by claims that it has violated the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). . . . more

Online Exclusive: 5 strategies for fostering mental wellness in the workplace
October 2015
Mental illness has achieved almost daily presence in today's headlines--the recent on-air killing of two journalists is just one vivid example With the issue becoming more and more prominent, it must be addressed in the place where many people spend most of their time: at work. . . . more

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