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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 49
MOM DISCRIMINATION

On February 11, 2022, the EEOC announced suit against Walmart alleging racial discrimination against a Black employee for providing an unsanitary, cluttered storage closet for lactation while giving a white employee a clean management office space for the same purpose.

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STAY IN YOUR LANE

Every two years, California employers with five or more on payroll have to provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all California supervisory employees and at least one hour of such training to all nonsupervisory employees in California. This is inclusive of on-site and remotely working employees.

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FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
PAID COVID SICK-LEAVE EXPANDED

Effective February 19, 2022, California Labor Code 248.6’s revived 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law (SPSL) requires employers with 26 or more on payroll to provide eligible CA employees with as many as 80 hours of paid benefits retroactively from January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022. 

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MANAGEMENT’S BEST FOOT FORWARD

Clear, written workplace policies are a critical component for workplace legal compliance and productivity.  Our unprecedented combination of pandemic conditions and California’s well-earned reputation as a litigation hotbed underscore the importance of sound, across-the-boards written rules and protocols.

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HANDS OFF

A California appellate court has confirmed — in Espinoza v. Hepta Run, Inc. — that California meal and rest breaks do not apply to short-haul, property-carrying truck drivers in interstate commerce.  

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
IN THE KNOW

California and the federal government require employers to distribute or post a legion of notices on workplace laws and complaint procedures.

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SHORTCHANGED SHORTCUT

The California Labor Commissioner has launched an online wage claim application in English and Spanish.

Upon creating an account, applicants can access forms and upload documentation (e.g., paystubs,  bounced checks) to seek recovery for Labor Code violations such as:

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
TARGETING PRODUCTION TARGETS, WAVE OF THE FUTURE?

As a possible first step toward such limitations across other California industries, Assembly Bill (AB) 701 places specific conditions on warehouse distribution center imposition of worker production quotas, effective January 1, 2022.

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ATTACKS ON VAX

The U.S. Supreme Court has come to opposite conclusions in two cases challenging federally mandated COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2022 DEVILISH DETAILS

The federal government requires employers to verify identity and work authorization of their employees using a Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) with certain supporting documentation.

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