By Rabbie Mojaddidi | Published June 1, 2022 | | |
In a much anticipated ruling, on May 23, 2022, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Naranjo et al. v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. Previously, the Court of Appeal held that unpaid premium payments for meal period violations did not entitle employees to additional penalties for either inaccurate wage statements or failure to timely pay wages Read MoreRead More
On April 21, 2022, Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board voted to approve the Third Readoption of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”). The Third Readoption makes some changes to the ETS previously in effect. Some of the more significant changes include: Key Definition Changes Some of the key definitions of terms used throughout the ETS have Read MoreRead More
As we mentioned in our most recent blog , the 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave went into effect on February 19, 2022 for California employers with more than 25 employees. The California DLSE just released the required 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Poster which should be in all workplaces and emailed to remote workers. Read MoreRead More
Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 114 on February 9, 2022, resurrecting COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for 2022 (“SPSL 2022”). The new law will be effective on Saturday, February 19, 2022 (10 days after its enactment), but may require payments retroactive to the beginning of 2022 as explained below. The highlights of SPSL 2022 are Read MoreRead More
As the COVID-19 Omicron variant spreads rapidly, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”), on December 30, 2021, updated its isolation and quarantine guidance to align closely to the recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) guidance. CDPH recognizes the new 5-day protocols, however, for individuals who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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. On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95, which extends and expands employer requirements to provide supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) Read MoreRead More
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