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CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORKPLACE: PART TWO

In an effort to keep clients and friends of Elkins Employment Law current on the most recent guidelines and resources, below you will find additional information to assist during this difficult period of time. LAYOFFS, FURLOUGHS, TERMINATIONS & WARN ACT NOTICE REQUIREMENTS Employers are faced with having to adjust their workforce by furloughs, placing employees… Continue Reading


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CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORKPLACE

As the world seeks to respond to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, employers and employees have many concerns. Some of the basic and easiest suggestions and recommendations for the workplace, and elsewhere are:  1) Social distancing; 2) Working from home; 3) Maintaining a strict regimen of cleaning the workplace and washing your hands with soap and… Continue Reading


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VOTING TIME OFF RULES & THE VOTER’S CHOICE ACT

With the California primary election just around the corner, employers need to be mindful of California law which allows employees up to two hours of paid time to vote in a statewide election if they do not have sufficient time to vote outside of working hours. However, with some counties adopting the new California’s Voter’s… Continue Reading


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USCIS I-9 FORM UPDATED

On January 31, 2020, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finally published the updated Form I-9, as the prior form “expired” on 8/31/2019. Click here for the form. Employers may use either this new version (which is marked with a 10/21/19 revision date) or the prior 07/17/17 N version until April 30, 2020. Starting May… Continue Reading


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NEW CALIFORNIA DFEH POSTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) publishes posters and information sheets that provide employees and employers with information pertaining to their rights and obligations in the workplace.  The DFEH also publishes several brochures and fact sheets regarding discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The brochures are to be provided to new hires or… Continue Reading


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REMINDER – STATE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE JAN. 1, 2020

As in the prior several years, the California minimum wage shall increase effective January 1, 2020. Increase Is Dependent on Number of Employees The amount of the increase is dependent on the number of employees. However, determining the number of employees is not always easy as it can fluctuate from time to time. It can… Continue Reading


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CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS MUST PREPARE FOR NEW LAWS

At the end of this year’s legislative session 870 bills were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, many of which will have significant impact upon California employers including the widely publicized law regarding independent contractor classifications. Below is a brief summary of some of the more significant new laws, which will become effective Jan.… Continue Reading


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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES FINAL OVERTIME RULE

On September 24, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule updating the earnings threshold necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses (and commissions) towards meeting the salary level. The final rule, provides:… Continue Reading


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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS…What Now?

As we reported previously, the California Supreme Court, on April 30, 2018, ruled in the Dynamex v. Superior Court case that to properly classify a worker as an independent contractor, as opposed to a W-2 employee, they must meet the strict new “ABC” test.  Recently the California legislature passed a bill which adopted the Dynamex… Continue Reading