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LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE TO TAKE EFFECT JULY 1ST

The next phase of the minimum wage increase for many jurisdictions will take effect on July 1, 2021. If your business is located in, or if your employees perform work in, certain jurisdictions you must comply with the “local” minimum wage for your city or county if...

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CAL/OSHA UPDATES EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARDS

On June 17, 2021, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board approved the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) which are more aligned with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") guidance regarding masks and social...

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CAL OSHA –FAQ’S UPDATED

As has been widely reported, the Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board approved what was expected to be revisions to the November 2020 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) at the June 3rd meeting, with an expected effective date of June 14th.  In a surprise move Cal/OSHA withdrew...

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CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE

EMPLOYMENT LAW COVID-19 UPDATE CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE June 1, 2021 BEYOND THE BLUEPRINT As has been widely discussed, the state will be moving towards a full “reopening” as of June 15, 2021 and in anticipation of that event, the California Department...

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NEW LOS ANGELES COUNTY VACCINE PAID LEAVE

EMPLOYMENT LAW COVID-19 UPDATE NEW LOS ANGELES COUNTY VACCINE PAID LEAVE May 24, 2021 On May 18, 2021 Los Angeles County passed yet another paid leave ordinance (Employee Paid Leave for Expanded Vaccine Access” Ordinance No. 2021-0024U) requiring, in most instances,...

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VACCINES & WORKPLACE PROTOCOL- WHAT’S NEW?

EMPLOYMENT LAW COVID-19 UPDATE VACCINES & WORKPLACE PROTOCOL- WHAT’S NEW? May 21, 2021 Pending California moving to full “reopening”, which is anticipated to be on or about June 15, 2021, many state, federal and local agencies have issued updated guidance, orders,...

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LABOR COMMISSIONER FAQ & POSTER REQUIREMENTS

EMPLOYMENT LAW COVID-19 UPDATE LABOR COMMISSIONER FAQ & POSTER REQUIREMENTS March 24, 2021 As we recently reported in our prior newsletter, Governor Newsom signed SB 95 into law on March 19th reviving California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for businesses...

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THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021

EMPLOYMENT LAW COVID-19 UPDATE THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021 March 19, 2021 On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) which includes not only the stimulus checks that most Americans are eagerly awaiting, but...

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COVID-19 DFEH UPDATE ON VACCINATIONS

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE - COVID 19 DFEH UPDATE ON VACCINATIONS March 11, 2021 On March 4, 2021, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing updated their FAQ’s on COVID-19.  This update addresses the issue of vaccinations in the workplace. The full FAQ’s can be found...

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NEW CALIFORNIA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE (NON-COVID-19 ) CALIFORNIA PAY DATA REPORTING DEADLINE APPROACHES February 22, 2021 The obligation to report certain pay data through the annual EEO-1 report has been a long standing requirement for private employers with 100 or more employees....

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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS UPDATE

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS UPDATE January 28, 2021 As the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccinations become more readily available, there are no doubt many questions that will arise.  In answer to some of these questions, employers should look to state, local and federal...

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NEW FAQ’S ON CAL-OSHA’S ETS

Cal/OSHA Issues Updated FAQs on ETS January 18, 2021 On January 8, 2021 Cal-OSHA published new Frequently Asked Questions to assist with the implementation of the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) that were issued in November 2020. The FAQs help clarify and answer...

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FFCRA EXPIRED…NOW WHAT?

MANDATORY FFCRA BENEFITS EXPIRED  January 11, 2021 When the FFCRA was enacted, private employers with 500 or fewer employers were required to provide employees with up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and up to 10 weeks of paid expanded family leave for specified...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE REMINDER-JANUARY 1, 2021

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE REMINDER - JANUARY 1, 2021 December 9, 2020 Employers are reminded that on January 1, 2021, the state minimum wage will increase despite so many businesses having been hit with drastic economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Requests have...

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CAL OSHA STRICT NEW STANDARDS IMPOSED ON EMPLOYERS

CAL OSHA STRICT NEW STANDARDS IMPOSED ON EMPLOYERS December 4, 2020 In response to the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, on November 30, 2020 the Cal OSHA Standards Board approved new Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) imposing significant and substantial new...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON WAGE AND HOUR RULES,FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE AS WORK PLACES REOPEN On July 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements...

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NEW DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FORMS AND INFORMATION

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been very busy recently. In the last COVID-19 update, we addressed the revised and updated FMLA forms published by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the DOL. The DOL has provided additional guidance and forms on various issues...

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PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFITS INCREASED

PFL BENEFITS INCREASED TO 8 WEEKS OF WAGE REPLACEMENT AS OF JULY 1 Employees in California have been able to apply Paid Family Leave (PFL) which provides the employee with partial wage replacement benefits from the EDD if the employee needs to take time off of work...

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COVID-19-EDD GUIDANCE, WCAB & EEOC UPDATES

EDD GUIDANCE ON ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS EMPLOYEES RISK LOSS OF EDD BENEFITS FOR REFUSING REINSTATEMENT The Employment Development Department (“EDD”) has issued a set of FAQ’s regarding unemployment insurance (UI) benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically...

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EEOC PROVIDES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance on June 11, 2020 for employers to address various COVID-19 issues relating to the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other EEO laws.  The new guidance addresses medical examinations, age-related...

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JULY 1 LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

As if we did not have enough to cope with managing the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and trying to reopen and resume business operations, its important to remember that the next phase of the local minimum wage increase will take effect on July 1, 2020. While the State of...

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RETURNING TO WORK & POTENTIAL EXPOSURES

RETURNING TO WORK & POTENTIAL EXPOSURES As businesses begin to resume operations and employees return to work, there are going to be occurrences of exposure, or potential exposure, to COVID-19 by your employees. The CDC is continually updating its information to...

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OSHA GUIDANCE ON COVID 19 ISSUES

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert on Social Distancing To Keep Employees Safe at Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic On May 2, 2020,the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an alert listing steps employers can...

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RETURN TO WORK ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

RETURN TO WORK ASSESSMENT & PLANNING In anxious anticipation of reopening/resuming business, and the eventual return to work there are many employment law and personnel related issues that should be considered. The assessment should not only focus on how to resume...

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EEOC OFFERS GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 EMPLOYEE TESTING

EEOC OFFERS GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 EMPLOYEE TESTING As employers continue to grapple with maintaining their business operations and as others begin to look forward to resuming their operations, there are many questions which arise as to the safety of the employees,...

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LA CITY ISSUES WORKER PROTECTION ORDER

LA CITY ISSUES TWO NEW ORDERS WORKER PROTECTION ORDER AND SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE ORDER FOR EMPLOYERS OF 500 OR MORE EMPLOYEES In our continuing effort to provide the latest information and resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the below newsletter details...

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UPDATED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GUIDANCE ON FFCRA

The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance adding to and changing some of the previously published Questions and Answers interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA). Below are excerpts from the updated guidelines (beginning with question...

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FFCRA ELIGIBILITY, NOTICE & DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

FFCRA ELIGIBILITY & EMPLOYEE STATUS The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), requires that covered employers must provide employees with (i) Paid Sick Leave and (ii) Paid Family Leave for certain Coronavirus-related reasons. The FFCRA becomes effective...

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CALIFORNIA STAY AT HOME UPDATE

As the Coronavirus continues to spread California has provided additional guidance on which businesses are deemed “essential” and may be able to stay open and operating during these difficult times.  In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division...

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FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT In a continuing effort to provide updated information on the evolving laws that impact the workplace during the COVID-19 crisis, below is a brief summary of The Emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) which...

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