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2019 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

california flag in from of state capital building

California Governor, Jerry Brown, recently signed into law several bills that will have a significant impact on California employers’ workplace obligations. Effective January 1, 2019, the new laws will restrict nondisclosure agreements and certain settlement agreements covering harassment and discrimination claims.

These changes significantly expand harassment training obligations (including for employers of under 50), require female quotas on California-headquartered boards of directors, and potentially require updating lactation accommodations.

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CorpStrat’s Holiday Collaboration

Promoting Holiday Cheer

Clients got in on the action this year by participating in our company’s holiday promotion. A cardboard cutout that looked like an Instagram post was passed around offices to take photos with. The winner – GEAR MANUFACTURING – brought the card to their holiday party and had all the employee take photos with it – like a photo booth. Gear Manufacturing won a pizza party for their entire office on us. Read more for tips on how to better promote all types of events amidst the holidays.

New 2019 Affordable Care Act Guidelines and Their Effects on Businesses

Magnifying glass over Affordable Care Act policy and business paperwork

Laws change all the time and it’s important for employers to stay up to date on employment-related news as they come along. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has seen annual changes since it began nearly a decade ago. The new year 2019 is no different, especially since the tax reform act from 2017 featured a few ACA changes that take effect in 2019.

Companies must keep track of these changes in the ACA law or face fines, penalties or even worse. Here are a few major changes to look out for in relation to the Affordable Care Act in 2019:

Companies with 50+ full-time employees must offer affordable health coverage

Requiring that health coverage is offered to employees at large businesses has been a goal of the Affordable Care Act since the start. In 2018, the rule went into effect that requires companies with 50 or more full-time employees to at least have health care offered to them by their employer. This rule goes unchanged for 2019.

While affordable care must be offered, and the plans must be of high enough quality to fulfill the ACA’s coverage requirements, employees are not required to accept.

However, most employees do accept an offer of coverage, if for no other reason than to avoid the tax penalty for going without coverage. But that changes in 2019 as well.

The individual mandate for healthcare has been suspended

Up until now, if an individual did not carry ACA-approved healthcare, they would be charged an extra tax come April 15th. This included anyone who had coverage that did not qualify for ACA, as well as anyone who lacked coverage for any amount of time during the year.

However, in 2019, this mandate has ended. Now if an individual chooses to go without coverage, they will not be penalized for doing so. This could affect employers as they may see a decline in employee enrollment in the company’s group plans.

The health insurer tax is suspended again

The Health Insurer Tax is a fee placed on healthcare providers based on the premiums they brought in throughout the year. In 2017, the fee was suspended, but it was brought back in 2018. Now it is suspended again for 2019.

The hope is that the health insurance companies will be able to control the cost of premiums now that they do not have to pay this extra fee, which could lead to better rates for employers and employees.

The affordability threshold has risen to 9.86%

In order for there to be affordable care, there must be a definition of the term “Affordable”. According to the law, the lowest-cost self-only coverage option made available to employees cannot exceed 9.86 percent of an employee’s household income.

For example, plans that use the Federal Poverty Line for affordability can’t charge more than $99.75 per month to their employees who choose to sign up for a health plan.

These are the major changes that could have an impact on many businesses around the country. Be sure to consider how these changes will affect your organization when budgeting for the next year.

CorpStrat Holiday Event x Dodgers Stadium

 

Coordinating fun and interesting holiday events to involve your entire internal company requires planning ahead of time. This plan should aim to cover the basic wants of your office; theme, venue, time, date, guest count, food and beverage, and agenda.

An event such as one like we executed last year at Pino’s Palette, which brought the entire office together to paint and drink vino was a total hit for everyone!

Team CorpStrat in the Dodgers dugout.

This year, we coordinated an evening to enjoy a nice meal at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants before attending a private tour of the Dodgers stadium.

It’s not your conventional company holiday event, though, our staff seemed to really appreciate the unique experience we put together.

It was at the stadium where we toured the Dodger’s field, dugout, press box, trophy room, and more.

Holiday events like this may not be feasible for large-size companies, but it’s those that fit your business culture, bring the company together, and put everyone in great spirits, that are the best ideas of them all.

Team CorpStrat in front of the Dodgers sign.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

close up of unhappy crying woman due to sexual harassment in the workplace

The headlines are screaming it, social media is all over it and employer’s need to do something about it…SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS EVERYWHERE! Sexual harassment is not just for the rich and famous and all employers need to know how to prevent it before they see their names in lawsuits.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a variety of changes to that state’s equal employment laws intended to address perceived gaps in prevention and prosecution of harassment claims.

Virtually all California employers will have to provide two-hour harassment training to employees. The law authorizes employers to provide bystander training to encourage co-workers to intervene and report incidences of workplace harassment.

CorpStratHR can help companies of all sizes and types of trained management and staff in all areas of sexual harassment. Our methods are informative, educational and proven successful. Our people understand the real work workplace, and how important it is to understand the interplay between the law and real-life human dynamics.

With our innovative training approach employees and management listen, learn and engage as we cover all pertinent legal and human resources principles. We help create a more professional and gender-aware workforce resulting in a culture of support and understanding.

All of our supervisor trainings satisfy California’s state-mandated training requirements. If you want more information about CorpStratHR’s great online or onsite sexual harassment prevention training programs, please email us at Info@corpstrat.com or call 818-377-7260.