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MORE DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS COMING?

Pending Assembly Bill (AB) 2182 would add “family responsibilities”— “the obligations of an employee or applicant to provide care for a minor child or care recipient” –  to the ever-growing list of classes protected from discrimination by employers with five or more employees under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
KICKIN’ CORONA

California employers are still not out of the heavily-regulated pandemic woods. On April 21, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved the third amendment to Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).

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CHICKENS ROOSTED

The California Labor Commissioner has cited Foster Farms and its staffing agencies $3,783,800 for failing to notify nearly 3,500 temp workers of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave benefits (SPSL). 

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HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER

Clear, written employee policies are the foundation for workplace legal compliance and productivity.  Prolonged pandemic conditions and California’s earned reputation as a litigation hotbed underscore the importance of sound, across-the-boards written rules and protocols.

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FULL TIME TO OVERTIME?

California Assembly Bill (AB) 2932 seeks to redefine the “workweek” from 40 hours to 32 hours for employers with more than 500 on payroll.

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HIGH TIME OFF

AB 2188, pending in the California Assembly, seeks to prohibit employers, other than those in building and construction trades, from discriminating against workers for: 

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PREVENTION MEDICINE

Employment policy doesn’t have to be written but you will never hear this firm saying that. Particularly in litigation happy California, clearly stating personnel expectations and boundaries in a regularly updated manual or other compilation is not just good sense, it can amount to business suicide prevention.

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EXPANDING RETIREMENT ACCOUNT OPPORTUNITIES

By June 30, 2021, California employers with more than 50 on payroll were required  to ● offer employees a retirement savings plan such as a 401(k); or ● to facilitate employee access to CalSavers, a state-run savings program for automatic payroll deductions deposited into a Roth IRA.

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SPEED BUMP

On February 10, 2022, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced a suit against Tesla, Inc. alleging racial discrimination against Black employees, including segregation to the lowest levels of the workforce.

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CHILL, IT’S THE LAW

Each California employer is required to give employees at least one day off during the company’s defined seven-day workweek (e.g., Monday to Sunday; Sunday to Saturday). There are three main exceptions:

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