January 2023

Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post 2022 Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses on February 1

Cal/OSHA is reminding employers in California to post their 2022 annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, including those related to COVID-19, by February 1, 2023. The Form 300A summary must be posted each year from February 1 through April 30. The annual summary must be placed in a visible and easily accessible area at each worksite. […]

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Four Things Employees Think They’re Entitled To…But Aren’t

Employees often believe that they are legally entitled to certain benefits or rights at work, but in reality, no such laws exist. Consider these common examples: Cell Phones Have you noticed employees are suddenly spending a great deal of work time sending text messages or accessing social media websites on their cell phones? Employers may prohibit

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Remote Work, Intermittent Leave Make FMLA Compliance ‘Much More Challenging’

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawford   Family and Medical Leave Act administration is at once a foundational part of HR practice in the U.S. as well as one of its most challenging. The past three years have not made the task any easier, especially given the rise of remote work,

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New California Law Expands Pay Scale Disclosure, Pay Data Reporting Requirements

On September 27, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1162, which requires employers to make pay scales available to job applicants and employees as well as expands California’s pay data reporting requirements. Pay Scale Disclosures Currently, California employers are prohibited from asking job applicants about their salary history during the hiring process. Current law also requires

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Cal/OSHA Extends COVID-19 Workplace Rules for Two Years

In the fall of 2020, as businesses were struggling to follow the latest COVID-19-related agency guidance, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) adopted a comprehensive package of COVID-19 rules designed to create a uniform standard for COVID-19 prevention and mitigation in the workplace — the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). After more

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2023 May Be the Year of the Big Return to the Office

The years 2020 through 2022 saw a fundamental shift in where people got their work done, as workers abandoned crowded offices in favor of the comfort of their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what will 2023 bring? COVID hasn’t entirely gone away, but restrictions are being eased or removed altogether, and reports signal more

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CA Labor Commissioner’s FAQs on Pay Scale Disclosures

The California Labor Commissioner’s office released FAQs addressing some of employers’ lingering questions about the new pay scale disclosure requirements starting January 1. These recently released FAQs answer questions on job postings for remote positions, how to count your employees to see if you meet the 15 employee threshold and if a link or QR code can

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How to manage employee communication in the hybrid era

Just as how we work has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, how we communicate at work has changed, too. Videoconferencing and messaging platforms are now the norm, but unless used intentionally, they can leave employees frazzled and frustrated — and less in sync with their co-workers, their managers and their organization. And that can be

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IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2023; business use increases 3 cents per mile

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2023 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 65.5

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