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U.S. Supreme Court Halts OSHA’s General Employer Vaccine Mandate

On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order staying the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standards (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to enact written workplace policies mandating full vaccination or weekly testing of its workforce — which would have affected an estimated 84 million workers in the …

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California Extends Indoor Mask Mandate Through February 15

Less than a month after the California Department of Health (CDPH) announced the requirement that all individuals must wear face coverings in all “indoor public settings” regardless of vaccination status through January 15, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that this mandate will now extend through February 15, 2022 — and the Los …

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CDPH Mandates Vaccine Boosters for Health Care, Direct Care Workers

Prior to the California Department of Health’s (CDPH) isolation and quarantine guidance update, the department released two orders that may have flown under some people’s radars — orders that mandate certain workers be “fully vaccinated and boosted” for COVID-19 by February 1, 2022. More specifically, on December 22, 2021, the CDPH released: An order mandating …

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Form I-9 Document Inspection Flexibility Extended into 2022  

When hiring new employees, employers are required by federal law to use the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification to verify employment eligibility — and to physically examine each original Section 2 document the employee presents “to determine if the document reasonably appears to be genuine and relates to the person presenting it” within three business …

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CDC Shortens Recommended Isolation, Quarantine Periods for Public — But Employers Must Follow Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS

On December 27, 2021, just days after updating its infection and exposure guidance for health care workers on December 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has shortened its recommended isolation and quarantine periods for the general population — but employers must still follow the California Division of Occupational Safety …

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New Year Equals New Employment Posters — Remember Your Physical Posting Obligations!

Whether it’s planning for applicable state and local minimum wage increases and exempt employee salary increases; updating employee handbooks; or making sure employees complete their sexual harassment prevention training, there are several things employers must do to remain in compliance as we head into the new year — another of which is updating and displaying employment law posters. …

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2022 IRS Mileage Rates Announced

On December 17, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) …

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Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board Adopts Revised COVID-19 ETS

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) met on December 16, 2021, to consider a second readoption of its COVID-19 Workplace Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). After public comment and some discussion, the OSHSB —the standards-setting agency within the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) — did, indeed, vote to readopt the ETS …

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California Mask Mandate

Per a guidance document published by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on December 13th, masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). The following CDPH resources contain additional information regarding types of masks, the most effective …

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