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Factors to Keep in Mind When Rehiring Furloughed Employees

We are gearing up to restart our business soon. We furloughed several employees. Are there any concerns about rehiring? When we furloughed these people, we didn’t consider it a layoff because we knew we would be rehiring them soon. First, many small businesses took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, put into place …

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HR WEEKLY TIP

Factors to Keep in Mind When Rehiring Furloughed Employees   We are gearing up to restart our business soon. We furloughed several employees. Are there any concerns about rehiring? When we furloughed these people, we didn’t consider it a layoff because we knew we would be rehiring them soon. First, many small businesses took advantage …

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Employers Can’t Require COVID-19 Antibody Testing

As California’s economy continues to reopen, and workplaces start allowing employees to re-enter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its COVID-19 guidance, stating that employers may not require employees to take COVID-19 antibody testing to return to the workplace. The COVID-19 antibody test (also known as a serology test) screens a person’s …

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Californians Must Wear Face Coverings Outside Their Homes

On June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health announced that statewide, the general public is now required to use cloth face coverings when outside the home, with limited exceptions. “Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a press release. “They are critical to keeping those who are …

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Health Insurance Marketplace Model Notices Expire, Comments Open

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s model notices for employers who do and don’t offer a health plan to some or all employees expired at the end of May — but employers can still use the expired notices for the time being. The DOL has requested the forms be extended without revision, and the Office …

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U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sexual Orientation, Transgender Protections

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on whether a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s sex discrimination protections. The Supreme Court ruled that any employment decision based, at least in part, on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes unlawful …

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California Eases Into ‘Expanded Stage 2’ Reopening

On June 5, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that with certain modifications, schools, day camps, bars and gyms in approved counties could reopen as soon as Friday, June 12, advancing California along the Pandemic Resilience Roadmap into what the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is calling an “expanded Stage 2.” “As we continue to …

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The Recently Signed PPP Flexibility Act is Good News for Some Employers

On June 5th, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act was signed into law. Under the original PPP law, loan guidelines mandated that employers put 75% of their loan amount toward payroll. However, many businesses found this difficult, as operational costs such as rent and utilities still had to be paid.  This amendment now requires …

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School’s Out for Summer: Are Employees Still Eligible for FFCRA School Closure Leave?

As the school year ends with a whimper, many parents are preparing for a summer with their kids at home at the same time businesses try to reopen and bring their employees back to work. Summer camps, day care and other summer activities have largely been canceled due to the pandemic. Employers are going to …

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