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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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CAUTIONARY TALE EPISODE 37

Dalit girl, Andhra Pradesh, India, May 12, 2005 Photo from Wikimedia Commons Published without changes under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. WORKPLACE CULTURE CLASH CALIFORNIA CHALLENGES CISCO SYSTEMS FOR COLOR (“CASTE-BASED”) DISCRIMINATION On June 30, 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed suit against Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco) […]

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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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BACK FROM THE BRINK – FOR NOW

Uber and Lyft’s Last-Minute Reprieve From Order to Convert Drivers to Employees As a San Francisco judge had directed that Uber and Lyft convert their drivers to employees by August 21, 2020,  the rideshare giants were ready to shut down their California operations  unless the Court of Appeal put that order on hold.  See, Traffic […]

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TAKE THE LEAD

Model Employee Handbook and Forms; COVID-19 Policies As many California employers welcome back workers laid off by pandemic conditions, best practices include ensuring policies and forms are up-to-date. We are daily guiding managers through this process with particular eye on sound COVID-19 protocols. Our model forms include: Pandemic recovery and prevention procedures; Paid sick leave […]

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SUMMER PANDEMIC PAY

FFCRA Paid Leave Eligibility for Youth Program Closure The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides emergency paid sick leave and additional paid family leave for a worker who must care for his/her child due to  COVID-19-related school or other “place of care” closures. Would a summer camp closure qualify? Perhaps. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s FAQs […]

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NEW LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE RATES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020

California minimum wages are currently $13.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $12.00 for employers with 25 employees or less. On January 1 of each coming year, these will continue to increase one dollar/hour until reaching $15 per hour for the larger employers (26-plus) in 2022 and for the smaller employers […]

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KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES

New Employer Restrictions on Hiring Notices and Interviews Starting July 1, 2020 California law prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees for their membership in any protected class, including religious creed, disability and age (40+). The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has issued new regulations effective July 1, 2020, to better protect such individuals. Advertisements. The […]

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AHEAD OF THE CURVE

COVID-19 Specific Expansions to Our Model Employee Handbook and Forms As California’s workforces return in the pandemic’s wake, we continue to assist employers to plan and implement sound COVID-19 relevant policies and protocols. Best employment practices include a well-written, up-to-date employee policy manual (handbook) and complementary written internal procedures and forms covering all major aspects […]

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CALLING OUT BIG GIG

California Wants Uber and Lyft Drivers as Employees It seemed like a good idea at the time: the rapid growth of Uber-style “gig economy” business models ostensibly offering a win-win of worker freedom and consumer convenience. Yet, California government came to another conception of such arrangements: presumed exploitation. Hence enter AB 5 and its hardball […]

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