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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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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.

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FMLA/CFRA Certifications:

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Webinars on Demand
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, 2014
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

CFRA Certifications: The Ins and Outs of Compliance in CaliforniaCFRA Certifications: The Ins and Outs of Compliance in California
Originally presented on December 16, 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

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

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

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Most Recent Articles
Online Exclusive: Potential accommodations for individuals with a disability
CEA Online Exclusive May 2015
The state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires the California employers it covers to make reasonable accommodation for applicants or employees with disabilities if the employer knows of the disability--unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. . . . more

Pregnancy: U.S. Supreme Court revives PDA case; The new test for discrimination claims
May 2015
In a 6--3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated two lower courts' rulings dismissing an employee's discrimination claim under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). In doing so, the high court adopted a new standard that could allow more claimants to get their PDA cases before a jury. . . . more

Disabilities: Employer wins on reasonable accommodation claim; 3 key takeaways
May 2015
The obligation to provide a reason-able accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability has tripped up many employers, sometimes landing them on the wrong side of a costly verdict. It doesn't always go that way, though. Recently, the California Court of Appeals came down on the employer's side, reiterating some important limits on the obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). . . . more

Recordkeeping: Are you in compliance with the law on worker access to personnel records?
May 2015
Recordkeeping for California employers can seem like a Sisyphean task. The paperwork and report filing must be done repeatedly, and if keeping up with those duties weren't enough, sometimes you also have to deal with employees who want to take a peek at their personnel or other files. . . . more

FEHA: 9th Circuit revives claims on worker's 'self-serving testimony'
May 2015
California employers have good reason to fear the mere filing of discrimination lawsuits by employees or former employees--it's not particularly difficult to get these cases into a courtroom and before a judge and jury. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes California, has reminded employers of this stark fact in a case alleging disability discrimination. . . . more

Sexual harassment: 'Failure-to-take-reasonable-steps' claims blocked; Why the employer prevailed
May 2015
A California employer is celebrating the state Court of Appeals' reversal of a $285,000 jury verdict against it in a sexual harassment and sex discrimination case. Read on to learn why the court rejected the verdict and ruled in the employer's favor. . . . more

Featured resource: 9 steps to reduce workers' comp fraud
May 2015
The possibility of workers' compensation fraud can be worrisome, but fortunately, employers can take many actions to reduce the risk. . . . more

Online Exclusive: Top 10 401(k) compliance issues
CEA Online Exclusive April 2015
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