Sacramento (PRWEB) December 30, 2006
The California Chamber of Commerce is urging employers to be aware of changes to the mandatory worksite poster and pamphlet requirements for 2007.
"On January 1, California employers must do more than pay an increased minimum wage - they must display new employment posters in the workplace, as well," said CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg. "In addition there are several changes to California's required employment pamphlets, which employers must be aware of to comply with the laws. Our CalBizCentral compliance division has already prepared compliant posters and pamphlets which are available at our website http://www.calbizcentral.com, because providing compliance products and advice is another way CalChamber helps California business do business."
There are four mandatory changes in the 2007 California and Federal Employment Poster, including changes to:
- The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)-162 poster;
- Your Rights Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) notice;
- The California minimum wage posting reflecting new rates for 2007 and 2008; and
- The Employment Development Department (EDD) Notice to Employees.
Employers should be aware that even though California's minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage, both minimum wage posters are required to be displayed California employers. CalChamber's 2007 California and Federal Employment Poster has both.
Employers should display the poster anywhere all employees can easily read it, such as a break room, common hallway, payroll office or other common location. In addition, employers must display several of the posters (polygraph protection, and state and federal anti-discrimination posters) where job applicants can read them. Also, employers must post the poster in each company location. CalChamber's 2007 California and Federal Employment Poster includes all 16 postings required by state and federal agencies for California employers to post.
California employers will also need to purchase new pamphlets for 2007. The EDD's Paid Family Leave pamphlet has been updated for 2007 with required changes. The EDD updated its State Disability Insurance Pamphlet in August 2006 and considers the changes mandatory for 2007. The EDD's Unemployment Insurance pamphlet has also been revised with mandatory changes for 2007.
The Workers' Compensation pamphlet contains numerous required changes for 2007, relating particularly to the predesignation of physician.
California employers must distribute the following pamphlets to employees:
- For Your Benefit (DE 2320). This pamphlet explains California's unemployment insurance and disability insurance programs and must be distributed when an employer discharges or lays off an employee, or places an employee on a leave of absence.
- State Disability Insurance Provisions (DE 2515). This pamphlet explains an employee's disability insurance rights and must be distributed to all new hires and again if an employee goes out on disability leave.
- Workers' Compensation Rights and Benefits pamphlets. Give all new employees the workers' compensation pamphlet at time of hire.
- Sexual Harassment Information Sheet. Every California employee and independent contractor must receive a sexual harassment information sheet from his/her employer.
- Paid Family Leave pamphlets. This pamphlet explains California's Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. Give it to new employees and employees requesting time off for a covered reason.
All of the required notices that must be distributed are included in CalChamber's Required Notices Kit.
For more information or to purchase the required pamphlets or other postings, visit http://www.calbizcentral.com.
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at http://www.calchamber.com.