Krista Clive-Smith Leads Strong Speaker Slate for CCA's Fabricare '18, August 17 - 19, 2018


CCA has compiled one of the best convention speaker slates in the country.  With quality programs on Friday through Sunday, it is a weekend full of opportunity.

Leading off the slate  on Friday’s Owner & Manager Leadership Day is celebrated author, Krista Clive-Smith. For her workshop, “Get Noticed. Be Remembered”, she will draw on her experience both as a consumer and as a branding expert.  She will explore new ways to increase profitability. She will also be available in the CCA booth on Saturday during the exhibit.  

Also on Friday, Krista will be joined by Brian Rashid, CEO of “A Life in Shorts”, who will present “Smart Social Media Marketing”.  Rashid is a popular speaker and most recently was a presenter at DLI’s 5-Star program over the winter.  Attendees who were able to attend highly recommended him to the Fabricare Committee and expressed their desire to learn more.

Riaz Chauthani will be Friday’s luncheon speaker.  He will present “Business Valuation and Preparing for Business Succession”.

In addition to Fridays’s management workshops, CCA has lined up a great slate of speakers for both Friday and Saturday. Speakers include Chris Moreno of Laundry Locker helping attendees learn ways to capitalize on new profit centers.  Jibit Cinar Esq., of Cepkinian Cinar Law Group, will be on hand to update California cleaners on all the latest employment law issues.

On Sunday, Fabricare will feature Kyle Nesbit, Wedding Gown and Preservation Expert, hosting “Marketing for Profit”.  Attendees will learn ways to position themselves in the market place, and reach out to new and potential customers.  Joining him on Sunday will be Jim Groshans, FabriCoach, presenting “Achieving Customer Service Excellence.

“We are very fortunate to have such a strong cadre of speakers,” offered Peter Blake, CCA Executive Director.  “They are really incredible speakers with really meaningful topics.  I am really excited to provide our members a tremendous opportunity to learn.  These speakers alone should be reason enough to travel to Long Beach.


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Does California's New Parental Leave Act Apply to Your Business?

Recently, in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp., the California Supreme Court came up with its own formula on how to calculate an employee’s regular rate of pay when that employee receives a non-discretionary flat rate bonus during any pay period.

Prior to the Court’s ruling in Alvarado, an employee’s regular, hourly rate of pay was calculated by using the federal standard under the FLSA, i.e. by dividing all of the employee’s wages (including salary, flat-rate bonuses, etc.) earned by the actual number of hours worked during the workweek.  

For instance, if an employee earns $15 per hour, works 47 hours in a workweek, and also receives $50 attendance bonus per week, his regular rate of pay, prior to Alvarado, would be calculated as follows:

    ($15 x 47) + $150 = $755 total wages per week

    $755/47 hours actually worked = $16.06 regular rate

The “NEW” Calculation
The Supreme Court in Alvarado determined, however, that an employee’s regular rate of pay must in these circumstances must be based on an employee’s non-overtime hours rather than all hours actually worked in the week.  In addition, the CA Supreme Court held that overtime must be paid on the flat-rate bonus separately from the normal hourly compensation.  

Using our same example above (and assuming the employee did not work any daily overtime), the employee’s regular rate of pay would be calculated as follows:

    Non-bonus compensation: ($15 x 40 regular hour) + ($22.50 x 7 OT hours) = $757.50

    Bonus compensation, broken down on hourly rate:
$50/40 hours = $1.25

    Overtime on bonus compensation: $1.25 x 1.5 = $1.88

    Total compensation: $757.50 + ($1.88 x 7 OT hours) + $50 = $820.66

What is perhaps the Court’s most significant ruling is that this calculation of regular rate of pay, which adopts a method distinct from federal law and accounts for calculating overtime on bonus compensation, is retroactive.  Therefore, any employer that has paid any type of non-discretionary flat-rate bonus to non-exempt employees should consider seeking counsel and restructure policies and procedures to protect them from future liability.

For More information
If you pay any of your employees who work overtime a flat-rate bonus, or you would like a professional to review your flat-rate bonus policy, please contact Jibit Cinar, Esq. directly at (714) 835-4529 or jibit@cclawgroup.net.

Featured Presenter at CCA’s Fabricare 2018

Jibit Cinar will be a featured speaker at CCA’s Fabricare Exhibit and Convention this summer.  At 10:30 on Saturday Morning, August 18th, she will lead attendees through the myriad of Human Resource Rules and Regulations that small businesses in California need to be aware of.
As the rules regarding wage & hour, sexual harassment, and paid time off keep changing -- it is imperative small businesses keep on top of the requirements.  This will be a perfect opportunity to hear how you can protect yourself and your company


Meet Your Executive Director

I am very excited to be working with the California Cleaners Association.  I have been involved with the North East Fabricare Association for over 25 years, and I am excited to bring some of that experience and knowledge to the West coast.  We are currently reviewing our programs and services to see what we can improve, strengthen and add.  I have been a featured speaker on marketing, social media, customer service and OSHA training.   

All members are encouraged to call or contact me at anytime.  I want to hear from you!  If there are ways we can better serve you, or things you thing the association needs to be involved in, let us know:(916-239-4070) or e-mail me at peter@calcleaners.com.


Peter Blake,
Executive Director, CCA


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