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CALIFORNIA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY IMPOSE NEW RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

CALIFORNIA LIMITED STAY AT HOME ORDER EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 21 On Thursday November 20, California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “We are sounding the alarm” and in conjunction with the California Depart of Public Health, issued a limited “Stay at Home” Order. For counties in the purple tier non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 PM… Continue Reading


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MORE NEW LAWS… YES SERIOUSLY….

As we prepare for cooler weather, and the upcoming holiday season, we also need to prepare for the many new employment laws that will take effect January 1, 2021. In the final days before the deadline to sign or veto proposed legislation, Governor Newsom was busy signing many new bills affecting California businesses. We addressed some… Continue Reading


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EMPLOYERS BEWARE – EMPLOYEES PURSUING NEW TYPES OF LAWSUITS

POTENTIAL JOINT EMPLOYER LIABILITY WITH STAFFING AGENCIES Employers (referred to as “client-employer”) who obtain workers through a “labor contractor” (e.g. staffing agencies) can be held liable for the wage and hour violations committed by the staffing agency even if the employer has already paid the staffing agency for the labor services provided. This liability was created… Continue Reading


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LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS WITH REMOTE WORKERS

Prior to COVID-19 working remotely was not a common-place occurrence for businesses; however, with the concerns surrounding returning to work in this COVID-19 era, working remotely may be an option for employees that continues for some time. There are numerous factors that should be taken into consideration when dealing with a remote work force. Reimbursement of… Continue Reading


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NEW NOTICE REQUIREMENTS ON COVID-19 & WORKERS COMPENSATION UPDATE

NEW LAW IMPOSES NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ON EMPLOYERS On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685 which imposes upon employers the requirement to provide written notifications to employees within one business day of receiving notice of potential exposure to COVID-19. In addition, employers must submit a report to Cal-OSHA. The law takes effect on January… Continue Reading


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & EEOC ISSUE UPDATES

On Friday, September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised FFCRA regulations that will be formally published on September 16. When the FFCRA was signed into law on March 18, 2020 it required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 80 hours of leave at full pay to employees who… Continue Reading


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AB 5 AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LAW REVISED !!!

As we all know, AB5 was passed into law on January 1, 2020, which entirely changed the landscape relating to the classification of certain workers as independent contractors. Specifically it codified and expanded the “ABC” test, which had been adopted by the 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations W. Inc. v. Superior Court. One… Continue Reading


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CALIFORNIA ISSUES BLUEPRINT FOR REOPENING

On Friday August 28, 2019 Governor Newsom issued a Blueprint for a Safer Economy which provides a risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 permitted activities. The Blueprint is based on a 4 tier structure setting forth different restrictions for different industries. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases… Continue Reading


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MANAGING EMPLOYEE SCHEDULES AND TIME OFF – NEW DEPT. OF LABOR FAQS ON SCHOOL CLOSURES

REMOTE LEARNING, CHILD CARE CLOSURES AND EMPLOYEE TIME OFF Managing work schedules of employees to accommodate their needs due to the closure of schools and/or child care facilities due to COVID-19 and/or for those employees whose children are home due to remote learning is a difficult issue. Employees may be entitled to paid time off under… Continue Reading