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Welcome to Shaw Law Group, PC’s law blog. We focus on employment law developments, particularly in California. Nothing in this forum should be construed as legal advice, ’cause it isn’t. So, please consult your lawyer or hire us! (We typically represent employers, not employees). Also – this is a public website, so communications are not privileged. Copyright Shaw Law Group, PC © 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017. All rights reserved.


President Biden Signs the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021″

By Jennifer Shaw | | March 11, 2021

President Biden signed the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” this morning. Stay tuned for a detailed blog. In the meantime, here’s a link for your reading pleasure: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1319/text. Watch Jennifer vlog on the topic...

DFEH Releases Updated Guidance Related to Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

By Jennifer Shaw and Melissa Whitehead | | March 10, 2021

On March 4, 2021, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing released updated COVID-19 guidance for employers. For the first time, the guidance addresses mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. (Yes, finally!) California employers may require applicants and employees to...

DFEH Issues New Pandemic Guidance

By Jennifer Shaw | | March 8, 2021

On March 4, 2021, the DFEH issued new COVID-19 guidance that replaces its previous guidance (in March and July 2020).  The guidance addresses a number of important issues, including mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations at work.  Jen addresses some of these topics in her...

Employment Law Potpourri (Non-COVID)

By Jennifer Shaw and Melissa Whitehead | | March 5, 2021

In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Yup.  That’s where we are in employment law right now. Here are a few updates and pending deadlines for employers: California Pay Data...

Are the Days of Time Rounding Over?

By Jennifer Shaw and Melissa Whitehead | | March 4, 2021

Non-exempt employees must be paid for all of their work time. To simplify timekeeping calculations, many employers have adopted “rounding” practices. They record employees’ time in pre-defined increments, such as quarter hours.  Let’s say, for instance, that Tom...

9th Circuit Per Diem Case

By Jennifer Shaw | | February 19, 2021

If you pay employees a “flat” or automatic amount for reimbursement of their expenses, such as cell phone and internet charges, this new 9th Circuit case is important:  https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2021/02/08/19-55784.pdf.  The Court ruled that an...

A Bit of Good News in These Crazy Times

By Jennifer Shaw | |

A bit of good news in these crazy times...new Cal/OSHA FAQS regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard! (Many of you will be happy with number 52 regarding pay.)  Read them here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/COVID19FAQs.html. The agency is now...

The End of an Error?

By D. Gregory Valenza | |

“When you write, you’re wrong.” A former partner passed along that advice to me, perhaps 15 years ago. It was a warning, after he learned I had been sending informal legal update emails to “clients and friends.” I wrote emails because that firm had no blogs at that...

IRS Announces Standard Mileage Rate for 2021

By D. Gregory Valenza | |

The IRS Standard Mileage rate for 2021 will be $0.56 per mile.  That's down $0.015 from 2020. The IRS announcement is here. Employers typically use this rate to reimburse employees for the business use of their personal vehicles.  In some states, it's not required to...

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