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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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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

Paid Time Off in California: From Endless Summer Policies to Traditional PTO Banks--Strategies for Effectively and Legally Managing Employees Time OffPaid Time Off in California: From Endless Summer Policies to Traditional PTO Banks--Strategies for Effectively and Legally Managing Employees Time Off
Originally presented on May 29, 2014
An endless summer? Some employers are starting to latch onto this idea, by offering their employees unlimited paid time off (PTO), NBC News reported recently. In addition to combining personal, sick, and vacation time into one bank, an endless summer policy doesn't have a set limit on the number of days the employee can accrue. While employees appreciate the flexibility of a PTO plan, for you as an HR professional, the administration aspect can get tricky, particularly in California, where you need to worry about the state's complicated and employee-friendly wage and hour laws and leave rules. . . . more

Meal and Rest Breaks in California: Food for Thought on How to Handle Your Compliance ObligationsMeal and Rest Breaks in California: Food for Thought on How to Handle Your Compliance Obligations
Originally presented on April 29, 2014
Sometimes the trickiest part of compliance with the law is learning and understanding exactly what the law requires. This is the case when it comes how employers provide meals and authorize breaks for their employees, particularly for those employers operating in California. Employers know they need to offer their employees breaks. Many even know the basics-that you can't have an employee working for more than five hours without a 30-minute break. But, it gets exponentially trickier from there. . . . 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

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Online Exclusive: Checklist for lawful terminations
CEA Online Exclusive November 2014
Using an employee termination checklist can reduce the risk of overlooking information that could lead to unlawful termination claims based on contract law, discrimination law, or public policy. . . . more

Liability: State Supreme Court rules on franchisor liability for franchisee workers' acts
November 2014
In a highly anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court has ruled that a franchisor couldn't be held liable for sexual harassment allegedly committed by a franchisee's supervisory employee. The opinion was understandably met with much relief by franchisors--but they need to realize that it did not go so far as to declare that a franchisor could never be liable in such circumstances. . . . more

Expenses: Employers must always reimburse workers for calls made on personal cell phones
November 2014
It seems like almost every employee these days carries around a personal cell phone. So it's no big deal if they occasionally use that device for work purposes, right? Wrong--it could be a very big deal. . . . more

Disabilities: Court tosses 'cantankerous' worker's ADA claim; Why ADHD wasn't a disability
November 2014
Since the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) expanded the definition of "disability" in 2008, employers have found it increasingly difficult to successfully argue that employees' impairments don't qualify as disabilities protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. . . . more

Discrimination: EEOC issues new pregnancy guidance; What you need to know, Part II
November 2014
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its first new guidance on pregnancy discrimination and pregnancy-related disabilities since 1983. The guidance addresses employer actions that could constitute unlawful discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), employers' obligations to provide pregnant workers equal access to certain employment benefits, and how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to individuals with pregnancy-related impairments. . . . more

Featured Resource: Best practices for avoiding pregnancy-related violations
November 2014
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance on pregnancy discrimination and pregnancy-related disabilities identifies best practices employers can implement proactively to reduce the odds of pregnancy-related violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). . . . more

Online Exclusive: 10 performance appraisal sins
CEA Online Exclusive October 2014
Performance appraisals are indispensable to personnel management yet hard to get right. And when managers and supervisors get them wrong, the mistakes can take a real toll on employee morale and performance, as well as the bottom line. We've identified the 10 most common mistakes managers and supervisors make when evaluating employee performance--the "10 Sins." . . . more


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