ERI 2006 Great California Workplaces Winner Announced

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The ERI Great California Workplaces Award, sponsored by the Employer Resource Institute (http://www.employeradvice.com), recognizes California employers of all sizes that have implemented unique, innovative, or exceptionally effective programs that make them stand out. The grand-prize winner of the ERI 2006 Great California Workplaces Award contest is Insomniac Games in Burbank. Honorable mentions went to ITS Corporation in Oxnard, FFF Enterprises in Temecula, and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton.

The grand-prize winner of the ERI 2006 Great California Workplaces Award contest is Insomniac Games in Burbank. Honorable mentions went to ITS Corporation in Oxnard, FFF Enterprises in Temecula, and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton.

The ERI Great California Workplaces Award, sponsored by the Employer Resource Institute (http://www.employeradvice.com), recognizes California employers of all sizes that have implemented unique, innovative, or exceptionally effective programs that make them stand out.

"California is in many ways a unique environment for employers, and the goal of the ERI Great California Workplaces Award is to share the best practices of top employers in our state," says Matthew Humphrey, General Manager of ERI. "We're looking for real practices that work for real businesses--tactics that make them better places to work and more successful organizations."

All contest entries were reviewed by a team of ERI staff members, who narrowed the applicants down to a pool of finalists. Six expert judges determined the winner. This year's judges were: Lloyd W. Aubry, Jr., Esq., of Morrison & Foerster; Shari Dunn of CompAnalysis; Diana C. Gregory, SPHR, of Administaff; Allen M. Kato, Esq., of Fenwick & West; Allison West, Esq., SPHR, of Employment Practices Specialists; and Rhoma Young of Rhoma Young & Associates.

As the grand-prize winner, Insomniac received a one-year subscription to California Employer Advisor Online (a $399 value), front-page coverage in the January 2007 issue of the California Employer Advisor, and an engraved award plaque for display. The three honorable mentions received a mention in the January 2007 cover story and an engraved award plaque for display. The complete cover story featuring the award winners is available to the public online (http://www.employeradvice.com/2006award)

Insomniac, one of the most successful video game developers for the Sony Playstation, stood out because of its peer-to-peer recognition plan and highly accessible, visible CEO. Carrie Oliff, Insomniac's human resources director, notes that there is strong competition for talented employees among developers and publishers in the relatively new videogames industry. To continue to be able to hire and retain the best talent, Oliff says, the company is committed to open communication, rewards and recognition, and training and development.

Since 1992, the Employer Resource Institute has offered practical, problem-solving information that clarifies employment law and workplace safety compliance for California employers. ERI information products have won eight awards for editorial excellence.

For more information: http://www.employeradvice.com/award

Contact:

Matthew T. Humphrey

General Manager, Employer Resource Institute

2433 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 212

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510-764-1735

Fax: 971-228-3808

http://www.employeradvice.com

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