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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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IN THE KNOW

New Post-Pandemic Workplace Policies If California has been able to flatten the COVID-19 curve over the past two months, it has been by a sustained flood (pandemic?) of government directives and orders. Over the past week alone, the State of California has issued no less than 26 road maps, guidance memos, and checklists relating to […]

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WORKPLACE SAFETY NETS

The Coronavirus Outbreak and California Unemployment Benefits   The evolving COVID-19 crisis is driving many employers to the difficult decisions of reducing hours or laying off employees. California has in turn relaxed the unemployment insurance (UI) access and qualification standards significantly. This includes the governor’s elimination of the usual seven-day waiting period upon application. Further, if […]

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TELECOMMUTING IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Employers are taking various steps to help offset the economic repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic, such as providing employees with the use of paid sick leave, paid vacation time, and telecommuting. A well-written telecommuting policy permits managers and rank-and-file workers alike to know where they stand. It should minimally address these points: Identifying the equipment […]

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION GET SMART(ER)

Order Our 2020 Updated Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms Over the past two decades, we have developed and refined a “soup-to-nuts” employee handbook and package of basic hire-to-fire forms and policies. Implementation of these forms and policies will greatly improve a company’s legal protection in employment screening, hiring, training, terminations, and other related issues. […]

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2020 PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS NEW 2020 OVERTIME EXEMPTION RATES

California Labor Code section 515.6 exempts certain licensed physicians and surgeons from overtime compensation if they receive set minimum hourly compensation. Effective January 1, 2020, the California Department of Industrial Relations is increasing the minimum from $82.72 to $84.79 per hour, effective January 1, 2020. To avoid California’s requirements to pay overtime premium rates after eight hours worked in a day […]

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2020 THAT’S FINAL, TENTATIVELY

Barring Successful Court Challenge, Federal Overtime Exemption Will Require Higher Salaries January 1, 2020  In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a “Final Rule” more than doubling the minimum salary amounts for certain workers – administrative, executive, and professional, employees, as well as “highly compensated employees” (HCE) to qualify for overtime exemption under […]

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NO FLY ZONE APPROACHING

October, 2020 “REAL ID” Requirements For Air Travel Will Not Impact Employment Eligibility As covered in Immigration Nation (August, 2019), the federal government requires all U.S. employers to verify both identity and work authorization for each employee hired within the U.S., including citizens and non-citizens, using “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification” (the I-9 Form or […]

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ARE SHOES REIMBURSABLE BUSINESS EXPENSES?

Woman showing ankle, 1908 A California appellate court recently addressed whether BJ’s Restaurants (BJ’s) improperly failed to reimburse its employees for the purchase of slip-resistant shoes. Server Krista Townley sued on behalf of herself and other similarly-affected hourly co-workers alleging BJ’s Restaurants (BJ’s) required them to wear black, slip-resistant, close-toed shoes for safety reasons without […]

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HAIRSTYLE DISCRIMINATION BANNED

New California Law Takes Effect January 1, 2020 California law has long-prohibited workplace racial discrimination against employees and applicants. The state is now the first to link natural hairstyles to race, thus protecting their wearers from disparate treatment. The Legislature based passage of revised Government Code 12926 on a finding that workplace dress and grooming […]

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