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My Cruise Club. com announces the first same-sex group commitment ceremony aboard a cruise ship being organized starting on Labor Day, September 6th, 2004

My Cruise Club. com announces the first same-sex group commitment ceremony aboard a cruise ship being organized starting on Labor Day, September 6th, 2004.

Same–sex couples can now have a symbolic marriage ceremony, officially register as domestic partners if they are residents of California, and honeymoon en masse on upcoming gay commitment ceremony group cruises offered by My Cruise Club. com and gay-marriage officiator “Minister Deb”. More details can be found at www. mycruiseclub. com/ceremony

(PRWEB) March 24, 2004

The Carnival cruise ship Celebration, will depart on Monday September 6th, 2004 from the port of Galveston. The cruise will visit Cozumel and Calica, Mexico and return on Saturday, September 11th. The date for this cruise was chosen because Monday, September 6th is Labor Day, so potential cruisers may have that day off work.

The price per person for this cruise, including all port charges, taxes and gratuities is $550 for an inside cabin, and $610 for an oceanview cabin. This is the only cost for this special event cruise and there are no additional fees for the group ceremony with ordained same-sex marriage officiator “Minister Deb”. Participants will also receive a personalized certificate of commitment, all Domestic Partner registration paperwork and notarization required by the state of California, a private party in a lounge onboard including hot hors d’ouvres and cocktails, a group photo and champagne and chocolates in each cabin.

Although marriage between same-sex couples is not recognized by the state of Texas, on September 19, 2003 California Governor Gray Davis signed a bill giving gay and lesbian domestic partners a host of new rights formerly restricted to opposite-sex married couples. The law gives state-registered domestic partners all of the same rights, protections, benefits, obligations and duties as married spouses regarding property, children and arrangements after death. It gives a partner the right to financial support and child custody if the partnership is dissolved, and it gives a survivor the right to collect his or her partner's state and municipal benefits. The law also will make partners responsible for one another's debt.

Minister Deb performs gay weddings and commitment ceremonies in Southern California and the Maryland and Washington D. C. area and is the only wedding officiator in the nation catering exclusively to the gay and lesbian community. Minister Deb offers same-sex couples a wide range of ceremonies and vows to choose from or helping them design the event with their unique and personal specifications.

Minister Deb is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Master's of Theological Studies with an emphasis in Sociology and Ethics. Minister Deb is an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church.

While there have been other travel agencies that cater exclusively to the gay market, the gay-only cruises and tours offered have been geared primarily towards the gay single market. The gay-wedding and commitment ceremony cruises organized by My Cruise Club will be among the first gay-cruises ever offered that are themed around gay couples and that allow their non-gay family and friends to join them in a mixed lifestyle cruise environment. My Cruise Club. com is a cruise-only travel agency located in Marina del Rey, California and has been the largest affiliate agency of Cruise. com since 2002. Owners Mitchell Bank and Hope Ingersoll say their inspiration and determination to focus their business on organizing gay-wedding group cruise came from their desire to provide their own friends and family – some of whom are gay couples - the same benefits and celebrations designed for opposite-sex partners.

My Cruise Club plans to offer at least several gay wedding and commitment ceremony group cruises per year on different ships with differing prices and destinations in order to accommodate a wide-variety of budgets and interests. Even if couples are not able to cruise on the dates determined thus far, they are encouraged to call and get on a contact list so they will be informed on future cruise dates and given first option to reserve those cruises.

More details can be found at www. mycruiseclub. com/ceremony (http://www. mycruiseclub. com/ceremony)

CalBizCentral Announces Booklets to Help Businesses Navigate State, Federal Employment Laws, Reduce Legal Risk

CalBizCentral Announces Booklets to Help Businesses Navigate State, Federal Employment Laws, Reduce Legal Risk

CalChamber's CalBizCentral 'What Every Manager Needs to Know About' series provides training managers need to comply with confusing laws.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 3, 2008

CalBizCentral, a leading provider of human resources and legal information for California businesses, announced today the launch of a five-booklet series designed to help educate managers about employment law and keep their companies out of court.

The mini-books are designed to make it easy to train managers, comply with employment law and reduce legal risk.

"It's not enough to have legally compliant policies - without a training program, businesses can still be sued. Courts have consistently found that printed policies without follow-up training can demonstrate that the company shows disregard for whether the law is followed or not," said Jessica Hawthorne, employment attorney with CalBizCentral, a division of the California Chamber of Commerce. "This series of booklets - What Every Manager Needs to Know About - is designed to help businesses of all sizes train managers on state and federal employee law and avoid costly lawsuits."

A 2005 Chubb Private Company Risk Survey revealed that in the past five years, 35 percent of private companies have had an employment law case or complaint filed against them. Court records show that plaintiffs win nearly 70 percent of the time, with awards averaging $170,000.

The CalChamber has assembled top business and legal experts in California to make CalBizCentral's What Every Manager Needs to Know About series a valuable resource for California businesses, and especially for non-HR managers. The five booklets that make up the series cover topics such as:

  •  Hiring Employees, including detailed questions managers should - and should not - ask.
  •  Evaluating Employees, including monitoring performance and knowing what to say.
  •  Disciplining Employees, including techniques and standing your ground.
  •  Paying Non-exempt Employees, including meal, rest breaks, travel and time off.
  •  Terminating Employees, including working with unions and knowing whom to terminate.

"We developed the series as an easy guide for anyone involved in supervising employees, whether you are a small business owner or a manager at a larger corporation," Hawthorne said. "Small businesses generally don't have the capacity to have human resource and legal staffs and can use the series as easy guides. For larger companies, these booklets integrate into existing policies and are easy for managers to use so that all managers understand their responsibilities."

All five of the small, paperback booklets - retailing for $25 for the set - feature chapters on a myriad of topics and include pages where supervisors can add their own personal notes. Each booklet also contains "Frequently Asked Questions" that are likely inquiries managers will receive from employees.

"The booklets will help managers manage employees in compliance with state and federal laws and avoid potentially costly litigation," said Hawthorne. "With better managed employees, comes improved employee morale."

The What Every Manager Needs to Know About Series is available at www. CalBizCentral. com or by calling 800-331-8877.

About CalChamber
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 www. calchamber. com.

About CalBizCentral
CalBizCentral is a one-stop site for products that answer California and federal labor law and HR questions, alleviate confusion and allow businesses to focus their time and effort on their work. For more information or to review CalBizCentral's products, please visit www. calbizcentral. com.

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