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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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WHAT’S NEW IN 2021: GET THE WORD – VIRTUAL SEMINAR FOR EMPLOYERS

  Employment Legal Essentials and New Workplace Laws Full Day Sessions January 29 and February 28, 2021 For business prosperity in 2021, please take part in our annual “what’s new” labor and employment law seminar, virtual via Zoom this time around. Over the course of the day, Tim Bowles, with help from Cindy Bamforth and…

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MORE CHALLENGES TO ABC TEST

Franchisors Bring Federal Lawsuit to Prevent California from Classifying Franchisees as Employees To prevent California from classifying franchisees as employees, the International Franchise Association, along with the Dunkin’ Donuts, Supercuts, and Asian-American Hotel Owners franchisee associations sued California in the San Diego federal court on November 17, 2020.  The lawsuit seeks a declaration that federal…

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2021: VIRTUAL SEMINAR FOR EMPLOYERS

  Employment Legal Essentials and New Workplace Laws Full Day Sessions – January 29 and February 28, 2021 For business prosperity in 2021, please take part in our annual “what’s new” labor and employment law seminar, virtual via Zoom this time around. Over the course of the day, Tim Bowles, with help from Cindy Bamforth…

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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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WHAT’S NEW IN 2021: REIMBURSING EMPLOYEE PERSONAL VEHICLE USE

IRS Mileage Rate Decreasing 1.5 Cents Effective January 1, 2021 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced its 2021 optional standard mileage reimbursement rate for employee business use of a personal vehicle, effective January 1, 2021, down from 57.5 cents to 56 cents/mile. These annual adjustments stem from government survey of fixed and variable automotive operating costs, including insurance,…

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2021: CALIFORNIA MINIMUM WAGE RATE INCREASES

From 2016’s Senate Bill (SB) 3, California minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2021 to $13.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $14.00 for employers with 26 or more. SB 3’s final statewide increase to $15.00 per hour will be in 2022 for larger employers and in 2023 for those…

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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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