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ALL IS NOT LOST

California’s  Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) continues as a weapon of choice against employers, permitting a single worker to seek Labor Code penalties on behalf of a company’s entire payroll. 

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NAILING GOODBYE

Employee termination is usually a delicate task.  Mishandled firings can lead to a nightmare of costly and time-consuming accusations. Yet keeping failing employees out of fear of lawsuits can destroy workplace production and morale. 

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MAKING MANDATORY MANDATORY

With the reported surge and perseverance of Delta variant cases, the Biden administration has directed the Department of Labor and its Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to develop emergency regulations for larger private employers (more than 100 on payroll) to require vaccination or weekly testing for every worker.

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FAUX PAS LAW

Job candidates and human resources professionals have the unenviable challenge of conducting productive online job interviews throughout the pandemic. 

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DRUG- AND ALCOHOL-FREE WORKPLACE POLICIES

By the production disruptions and safety risks posed by a worker intoxicated or stoned on the job, employers can and should maintain comprehensive written drug and alcohol policy covering testing, prevention, and the handling of suspected on-the-job drug- or alcohol-abuse.

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WHO LURKS ABOUT YOUR WEBSITE?

State and federal laws validly prohibit businesses from discriminating against disabled persons.  In California, the Unruh Act provides that disabled people “are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.”

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STAYING ABREAST
WORKPLACE PANDEMIC POLICIES & PROTOCOLS

Through 18 months and counting, the pandemic has brought one constant for California employers: change.

Since its initial directive last November, Cal/OSHA has regularly revised and expanded business’s required protocols to check COVID-19’s proliferation. 

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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 44
FINED DINING

The Labor Commissioner has made an example to deter industry-wide wage violations, settling with San Francisco-based Z & Y Restaurant for $1.6 million on alleged underpayment of 22 workers.

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PAY FAIR

In their bid to attract qualified job candidates in today’s high demand- short supply labor market, employers must strictly comply with the California Fair Pay Act.

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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 43
COVID SICK LEAVE NOT OPTIONAL

The California Labor Commissioner has cited Bodega Latina Corporation $447,836 for the failure of three southern California El Super grocery stores to provide supplemental paid sick leave (PSL) for 95 workers impacted by COVID-19.

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