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UPDATE: California’s AB 51 and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

California Assembly Bill 51 Signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 10, 2019, California Assembly Bill 51 (“AB 51”) subjects employers to criminal misdemeanor charges, as well as civil sanctions, for mandating arbitration agreements of certain claims in employment contracts. Under AB 51, which added Section 432.6 to the California Labor Code, employees and job applicants cannot Read More

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What Documents Can Employees Request?

Three California Labor Code sections deal with employment document retention and production. They are as follows: Labor Code §§ 226, 432, and 1198.5. Labor Code § 432 Labor Code § 432 requires an employer to give to an employee any document relating to the obtaining or holding employment signed by the employee whenever requested by Read More

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Regular Rate of Pay Applies When Calculating Meal and Rest Period Penalties

Regular Rate of Pay Applies When Calculating Meal and Rest Period Penalties The California Supreme Court recently decided that calculation of the required one hour premium payment for missed, late or short meal and rest breaks must take into account all nondiscretionary payments, such as certain types of bonuses and shift premiums. Below we outline Read More

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Cal/OSHA Approves Revised Emergency Temporary Standards

Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) has endured a long road to adoption. Following withdrawal of an initial revision of the ETS that was nearly universally panned, Cal/OSHA issued new revisions on June 11, 2021. Cal/OSHA has since clarified such revisions through the FAQs. What Exactly Are The Rules Now? Face Coverings Where an employer has Read More

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Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations?

This blog provides an overview of a specific developing situation. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation. With how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been for all businesses; many employers are eager to get their workforce back to “normal” as soon as possible. Read More

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FFCRA Expanded and Extended

On March 10, 2021, Congress passed its landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, and President Biden signed the bill into law on March 11, 2021.  The bill does not require employers to continue offering Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) leave, but it extends the FFCRA’s payroll tax credit provisions for employers who choose to Read More

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill on FFCRA and California SPSL

On April 1, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the passage of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The FFCRA required employers with 500 or fewer employees to provide their eligible employees with emergency Read More

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California Mandates COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Through the End of 2020 for Employers with 500 or More Employees in the U.S.

On September 9, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867 (“AB 1867”), which, among other things, provides COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for every California employee who is not otherwise covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The law applies to employers with over 500 employees as well as public and private employers Read More

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Guidelines to Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 Employer Playbook

Guidelines to Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 Employer Playbook As you may be aware, Governor Newsom released a 32-page COVID-19 Employer Playbook (the “Playbook”) providing additional guidance for California employers related to COVID-19 and safe re-opening. Here is what you need to know: Worksite-Specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan All California employers must create (and implement as necessary) a Read More

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