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WORKPLACE RHYTHM & CUES

Our Employee Policy Handbook & Forms for 2021 Including Updated COVID-19 Guidelines Clear, written workplace policies are a critical component for workplace legal compliance and productivity.  Our unprecedented combination of pandemic conditions and California’s earned lawsuit-prone reputation underscore the importance of sound, across-the-boards written rules and protocols. Updated for 2021, our model forms include: Workforce […]

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2021 PAID PANDEMIC LEAVE IN THE NEW YEAR

Some Benefits Optional, Some Mandatory Nationwide Voluntary COVID-Related Paid Sick Leave: Until its December 31, 2020 expiration, the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) required COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family leave for nearly all employers with fewer than 500 on payroll. The FFCRA’s tax rules also created a 100% wash […]

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NEW YEAR POLICY CLEAR

Employee Handbook & Forms for 2021 Change is a constant, particularly on required and recommended workplace guidelines and protocols. Our 2021 updates include new and revised policies on COVID-19, family-related leaves, independent contractor definition, and much more. Updated Policies for 2021: Workforce pandemic recovery and prevention measures; Paid sick leave benefits under the Families First […]

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FREEING THE ASYMPTOMATICS

California’s Shifting Sands Shortening of Quarantine Compliance Periods Continually changing COVID-19 quarantine and isolation standards – commonly at variance between federal, state, and local governments — have joined death and taxes as the only certain things in life. The latest Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards (ETS) (November 30, 2020) specified a 14-day symptom-free employee quarantine after […]

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WORKER COVID VACCINATIONS

E.E.O.C.’s Expanded Guidelines for Pandemic Management The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has again expanded its pandemic guidelines to address the effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other workplace anti-discrimination laws on the national COVID vaccination campaign that now lies ahead. A major “tension” point is between an employee’s right to […]

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WORKPLACE TEAMWORK DEFINED

Employee Policy Handbook & Forms for 2021 A host of new California workplace laws go into effect on January 1, including expanded standards for COVID-19 protection and reporting, family-related leaves, and much more. As the framework for organization coordination, efficiency and consequent high morale and productivity, an employer’s policy handbook and forms should keep pace […]

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DANCING WITH CORONA

New Wave of California and Local Stay-at-Home Orders Our collective unwanted pandemic “house guest” continues to spur government’s unprecedented measures toward the virus’s permanent eviction. Beginning November 21 and to December 21, the California Department of Public Health imposed a statewide 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew with certain exceptions for essential services, medical emergencies, […]

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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 39 FISH STORY GETS REAL

Cal/OSHA Fines Frozen Food Firm for COVID-19 Violations On September 9, 2020, Cal/OSHA announced citations and $400,000 in proposed penalties to Overhill Farms Inc. and its temporary employment agency Jobsource North America Inc. for repeatedly failing to protect hundreds of workers from COVID-19 exposure in Vernon frozen food plants. The agency alleges that on April 28, it found […]

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HOLIDAY PARTY SURVIVAL 101

Keep in Your Lane Idiot If an office seeks to pull off an in-person 2020 year-ending holiday gathering  party (survival celebration?), pandemic social distancing is but the newest element in the planning and execution.  Management must ensure such gatherings serve to acknowledge production and promote team morale, not to spiral out-of-bounds into an otherwise preventable […]

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MINIMIZING LAYOFFS IN COVID TIMES

Work Sharing Plans for Cut-back Operations The newly streamlined Employment Development Department (EDD) Unemployment Insurance “work sharing” procedure enables employers to reduce costs in these tough pandemic times, without letting employees go. Work share plans are not new in California, if used infrequently. Instead of the tough choice of who is to stay and who […]

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