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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:

How to Properly Designate Absences and Stop Leave Abuse
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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: Top 10 401(k) compliance issues
CEA Online Exclusive April 2015
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Disabilities: Hearing impaired worker's claims fail; Threats, other misconduct justify firing
April 2015
Terminating an employee with a disability is always a dicey proposition, with several potential legal pitfalls. That doesn't mean you can't lawfully fire an employee who has a disability, though. We'll explain how an employer was able to win the approval of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, for terminating an employee with a hearing impairment. . . . more

Wage and hour: Court strikes part of Wage Order No. 5; What it means for healthcare employers
April 2015
For years, healthcare employers have relied on an exception in Wage Order No. 5 (Public Housekeeping Industry) in setting their meal period policies. Specifically, many have allowed employees to waive their second meal periods on shifts longer than 12 hours because of Section 11(D) of the order. . . . more

Arbitration: Court upholds arbitration agreement--but strikes down arbitration policy
April 2015
Sometimes it can seem to employers that courts look for any excuse they can find to invalidate arbitration agreements. Make one small misstep, and that's it--you wind up in court instead of the arbitration you and your employee agreed to. . . . more

Liability: 'Bunkhouse rule' applies to tenant employee's lawsuit--not 'premises line rule'
April 2015
Employers rely on their workers' compensation coverage to protect them from lawsuits brought by employees over work-related injuries or illness. And most employers know that such injuries don't have to occur on their premises to be covered. . . . more

Immigration: Employer fined $226,270; How to avoid its costly I-9 attestation misstep
April 2015
The specter of stiff fines and penalties for employing unauthorized workers haunts many an employer. Of course, hiring authorized workers only isn't necessarily enough to escape the long arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)--you also must adhere to the rules for verifying identity and employment eligibility. Anything less than strict adherence to those rules can open you up to significant fines, even if you employ no unauthorized workers. . . . more

Featured resource: How to comply with the I-9 recordkeeping requirements
April 2015
It's not enough to properly execute a Form I-9 for every employee--you must also satisfy several recordkeeping requirements to stay on the right side of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). . . . more

Online Exclusive: 11-point action plan for handling violence in the workplace
CEA Online Exclusive March 2015
Violence in the workplace is perhaps every employer's worst nightmare. Yet many employers don't take actions that can reduce the odds of such incidents, let alone formulate response plans for handling violence when it does arise. Our action plan will walk you through the necessary steps to help preempt and prepare for workplace violence. . . . more

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