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New Cannabis Protections for California Workers

By Jennifer Shaw | | September 22, 2022

Effective January 1, 2024, it will be unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based upon: (1) a person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace, except for pre-employment...

Extension Likely for California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

By Melissa Whitehead | | August 31, 2022

We may finally have the answer to a question California employers have been asking all summer:  Yes, California’s COVID-19-related Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (“SPSL”) law will almost certainly be extended. In February 2022, Governor Newsom signed a bill requiring...

It’s Time to Stop Hiding from the CPRA

By Julia Melnicoe Insel | | August 16, 2022

It’s almost fall! As everything is rapidly becoming pumpkin-flavored, it’s time to face the music: the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) is coming for employers sooner than later. In case you’ve been in denial, the Legislature enacted the California Consumer...

California Voters Can Repeal PAGA in November 2024!

By Erika Frank and Jennifer Shaw | | August 11, 2022

The California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) authorizes aggrieved employees to file lawsuits to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State for certain Labor Code violations.  Since its enactment in 2004, California...

San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Now “Friendly” to Teleworkers

By Jennifer Shaw and Erika Frank | | July 27, 2022

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) recently amended its Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) to address teleworking employees. Here’s the scoop… Employers with 20 or more employees (regardless of location) that have a “business...

New CDPH COVID-19 Order Changes Key Definitions

By Erika Frank | | June 29, 2022

Just when we thought we had mastered the glossary of COVID-19 terms, earlier this month the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an Order changing the definitions of “close-contact,” and the “infections period.” “Close contact” no longer means being...

U.S. Supreme Court Permits Carefully Crafted Agreements to Arbitrate PAGA Claims

By Jennifer Shaw | | June 16, 2022

In a bit of welcome news, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision yesterday in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana.  As you may recall, this case involved whether a California employer may include in an arbitration agreement a waiver of representative...

IRS Mileage Rate Increases

By Erika Frank | | June 13, 2022

To account for the high price of gasoline, the Internal Revenue Service is increasing the mileage reimbursement rate for business travel from $.585 to $.625 per mile.  This increase takes effect on July 1, and will extend through the end of December.  Historically,...

California Employment Bills on the Move!

By Erika Frank | | June 6, 2022

The California Legislature is halfway through the session, and to no surprise, lawmakers are considering several employment-related bills. Of course, nothing is final before Governor Newsom’s signature, but now is a good time to assess what the future may hold. Below...

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...

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