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PANDEMIC EMERGENCY LEAVE

“Families First” Rules Continue to Evolve In response to a recent New York court ruling more favorable to employees, the Department of Labor (DOL) reaffirmed, revised and/or further explained the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)  rules and frequently asked questions. Effective September 16, 2020 the regulations clarify: Leave Available Only When Work Available: Any type […]

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2021 INDUSTRY SUFFOCATION ORDERS

California’s Safety Agency Now With Pandemic “Imminent Hazard” Shutdown Powers Sacramento continues to equip the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) with expanded powers in these days of COVID. Assembly Bill (AB) 685 (Labor Code 6325(b)), effective for two years from January 1, 2021, enables the agency to shut down any business operation or place […]

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS START NOW

Secure Employee Handbook, Forms & Policies With 2021 Updates­­­ By the California legislature’s measure, the profound pandemic-driven changes on workplace legal standards will not be slowing in 2021. In the run-up to its September 30 deadline, Sacramento has churned out a slew of new laws affecting management and workers alike in the upcoming new year. […]

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UPDATE CALIFORNIA COVID PLAN B

Tier assignments as of August 31, 2020 “Blueprint” Workplace Return Improving Conditions Statewide California’s Plan for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities to Keep Californians Healthy and Safe, or the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” effective August 31, 2020, is the state’s second major attempt at statewide business pandemic recovery guidelines.  See, California COVID […]

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COVID’S CONSTANT? … CHANGE

E.E.O.C.’s Expanded Guidelines on Screening, Testing and Pandemic Management The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) includes an employee’s right to maintain the privacy of his or her medical information notwithstanding any ailment that might limit that person’s ability to perform essential job functions. However, the pandemic’s new “abnormal” quickly led the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]

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PANDEMIC POLICE ON PATROL

Cal/OSHA Hitting Employers Statewide for COVID-19 Non-Compliance California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA has gone from bark – its July 16 notice calling on all employers to carefully review and follow the state’s COVID-19 workplace safety and health guidance– to bite. In two press releases, September 4 and September 9, the […]

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CALIFORNIA COVID PLAN B

Source: California All; Blueprint for a Safer Economy https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ Updated September 4, 2020 “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” For a Tiered Return to the Workplace A month into California’s first attempt at loosening commercial restrictions (the “Pandemic Resilience  Roadmap”), a July 13, 2020 public health order required all counties to again close indoor operations for dine-in […]

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WORKPLACE PANDEMIC PREVENTION

Model Employee Handbook and Forms Include Vital COVID-19 Protocols With the pandemic’s continuing uncertainty, we have updated our model employee handbook and forms package to add key workplace policies and protocols for COVID-19. Our model forms include: Pandemic recovery and prevention measures; Paid sick leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and related federal […]

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ONE BIG SCRAPPY FAMILY

California’s Coronavirus Response Statewide and Local August 7, 2020 The saga continues. After a month or more of eased restrictions, California’s “Statewide Public Health Officer Order”  (July 13, 2020) required all counties to close indoor operations for • dine-in restaurants, • wineries and tasting rooms, • movie theaters, • family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, […]

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WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION IN A PANDEMIC

California’s Updated COVID-19 FAQs Call for Careful Decision Making California employers must follow COVID-19 health and safety guidances including those from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Employers with five or more on payroll must also avoid violating […]

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