What’s New in Employment Law?

Welcome to Shaw Law Group, PC’s law blog. We focus on employment law developments, particularly in California. The posts below are current as of the date of the posting. Nothing in this forum should be construed as legal advice, ’cause it isn’t. Please consult your regular counsel or hire us! Also – this is a public website, so communications are not privileged.

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Hiring Minors

By Megan Donaghey | | May 24, 2022

Summer is almost here!  With schools wrapping up their academic calendars, some high school students will soon be looking for summer jobs. And with the labor market as tight as it is, some employers who have not previously hired minors may be looking to do so to fill...

Employers Must Treat Labor Code Section 226.7 Premiums as ‘Wages’

By Jennifer Shaw | | May 23, 2022

Happy Monday! California law requires employers to provide meal and rest periods to most non-exempt employees.  If an employer does not provide eligible employees with the opportunity to take those meal and rest periods, then Labor Code section 226.7 requires the...

Cal/OSHA Releases FAQs for Revised ETS

By Jennifer Shaw | | May 9, 2022

This past weekend, Cal/OSHA released updated Frequently Asked Questions and fact sheets for the third iteration of the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).   The current version of the ETS is effective from May 6, 2022, through December 31, 2022. ...

Cal/OSHA Adopts Final Version of ETS

By Jennifer Shaw | | April 22, 2022

As expected, Cal/OSHA approved the revised ETS yesterday, which will replace the current version set to expire on May 5, 2022. The new version will remain in effect (unless modified by an executive order) through December 31, 2022. You can find the revised language...

Telework Lawsuits: Keep Your Fingers Crossed

By Jennifer Shaw | | April 20, 2022

Well. We all knew it would happen. Employees in droves are suing their employers for expenses they incurred while working from home during COVID-19. Unfortunately, most of the cases in California are class actions and/or PAGA claims, both of which are incredibly...

Cal/OSHA to Vote this Week on ETS

By Jennifer Shaw | | April 18, 2022

On April 21, 2022, Cal/OSHA may adopt a third version of its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). (I know. California has lifted most COVID-19 requirements. But…) The current version of the ETS expires on May 6, 2022. The third adoption apparently will...

An Important Form I-9 Development

By Megan Donaghey | | March 22, 2022

So, more COVID-19 related developments, but this time related to Form I-9 compliance.  The federal Department of Homeland Security announced recently that beginning on May 1, 2022, employers may no longer accept expired identity documents (listed in “List B” of the...

The EEOC’s New COVID-19 Caregiver Discrimination Guidance

By Jennifer Shaw | | March 21, 2022

Yes. More COVID-19 developments. On March 14, 2022, the federal EEOC released new guidance related to COVID-19 caregiver discrimination, “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Caregiver Discrimination Under Federal Employment Discrimination Laws.” As part of the guidance, there...

Arbitration Agreements, Masks, and Supplemental Sick Leave

By Jennifer Shaw | | March 10, 2022

Ok. I am WAY behind writing about recent employment law developments.  I don’t know where the days (or nights!) go… So, here are a few things you should keep in mind: On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual...

DLSE Releases SB 114 FAQs

By Jennifer Shaw | | February 17, 2022

Yeah! The DLSE has published its FAQS for the new "COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave." Here's a link.  They don't answer all of the outstanding questions from SB 114, but provide helpful information regarding testing methods (hint: over-the-counter works!) and paystub...

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