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CA Expands Coverage Under the California Family Rights Act

Late last week, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1383 (“SB 1383”) into law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2021, significantly expanding coverage of the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) (Cal. Gov. Code Section 12945.2). Pre-Existing Law Under pre-existing law, CFRA requires employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to grant Read More

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When Re-Opening, Remember to Update Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program

When Re-Opening, Remember to Update Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program If your business is getting ready to re-open, you need to consider yet another item on the re-opening checklist: an Injury, Illness and Prevention Plan (“IIPP”) to address COVID-19. Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations section 3203 requires every employer to develop Read More

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New Face Covering Requirements in Several Bay Area Counties and Cities

New Face Covering Requirements in Several Bay Area Counties and Cities On Friday April 17, 2020, several Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and Sonoma) and cities (Fremont and San Francisco) announced a requirement for residents to wear “Face Coverings” when out in public in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This requirement Read More

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DOL Issues Temporary Regulations for the FFCRA

DOL Issues Temporary Regulations for the FFCRA The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) on April 1, 2020. The regulations answer a number of questions regarding the interpretation of the FFCRA. In particular, the regulations interpret “quarantine or isolation orders” to include “a broad range of governmental Read More

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New Round of Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New Round of Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act As explained in our prior blogs (see Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What We Know and Additional Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act), Congress has created two new forms of paid leave benefits that will go into effect on April 1, Read More

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Additional Guidance on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Additional Guidance on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act Last week, we wrote about the passage of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). As mentioned in that piece, the FFCRA stated that various federal agencies would be issuing additional guidelines as a means of clarifying the new, sweeping law. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Read More

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What We Know (So Far)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What We Know (So Far) On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which will go into effect by no later than April 2, 2020. The FFCRA creates two new forms of paid leave benefits for employees impacted by the COVID-19 or “Coronavirus” Read More

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What to Do When an Employee Sues You

It can be unsettling and a little hurtful when, despite the fact that you treat your employees really well, one of them brings a lawsuit against you. Having a lawsuit brought against you can compromise the integrity of your business. While it can be difficult to remain calm in the face of an employee lawsuit, Read More

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Use of Past Salary Justification for Pay Disparity Says California Court

California’s Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling in Rizo v. Yovino that held that an employer violated the Equal Pay Act because of its bright-line policy rule of paying new employees 5% more than their prior salaries. The district court agreed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), finding that basing compensation on an Read More

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Use of Past Salary Justification for Pay Disparity Says California Court

California’s Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling in Rizo v. Yovino that held that an employer violated the Equal Pay Act because of its bright-line policy rule of paying new employees 5% more than their prior salaries. The district court agreed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), finding that basing compensation on an Read More

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