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Yes, You Need to Update Your Employee Handbook!
By Julia Melnicoe Insel | | October 10, 2022
If you’re like us, you spent this past legislative session under the delusion that 2023 would be a breeze for employers. “The Governor would never sign such a ridiculous bill creating a right to 5 days of bereavement leave!,” we told ourselves. We regret to report...
New COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave Poster
By Jennifer Shaw | | October 6, 2022
Here is a link to the new COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Poster in English and Spanish. You should post it/them immediately. Register now for our 26th Annual Employment Law Update. We will cover all of the new laws and rules for 2023 and beyond.
COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave Finally Extended!
By Jennifer Shaw | | September 30, 2022
Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 152 yesterday, which extends COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) through December 31, 2022. The new law also makes available grants to certain employers who pay out SPSL. SPSL provides full-time employees with one...
California Passes “Pay Transparency” Law
By Melissa Whitehead | | September 29, 2022
Governor Newsom has signed SB 1162, creating new obligations for employers in job postings and pay data reporting. Job Posting Requirements: SB 1162 requires employers with 15 or more employees to include a “pay scale” in job postings. A “Pay scale” is defined as,...
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...