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New California Employment Laws Effective Now, Coming January 1

It’s the first day of October, which means the leaves are starting to turn red and orange, pumpkin spice is everywhere, everyone is looking longingly at their sweaters — and new employment laws are here! September 30, 2020, was the last day of this year’s legislative session, which ended with California Governor Newsom signing a …

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When to Record, Report COVID-19 Occurrence in Workplace

What are the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) requirements for reporting occurrences of COVID-19 in the workplace? Cal/OSHA has provided guidelines in a question-and-answer format in its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The reporting requirements are predicated on the same requirements as any other occupational illness: Death Days away from work. Restricted work …

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When to Record, Report COVID-19 Occurrence in Workplace What are the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) requirements for reporting occurrences of COVID-19 in the workplace? Cal/OSHA has provided guidelines in a question-and-answer format in its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The reporting requirements are predicated on the same requirements as any other occupational …

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Workers’ Comp Coverage Immediately Expanded for COVID-19 Infections

On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 1159, which goes into effect immediately, expanding workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19 through the year 2022. As previously reported, in May, Governor Newsom issued a workers’ compensation executive order that created a rebuttable presumption that workers who contracted COVID-19 while working outside of their …

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New California Supplemental COVID-19 Sick Leave Poster, Guidance Available

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has issued both guidance on the new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirements and model posters that employers may use to comply with the new law’s notice requirements. As previously reported, on September 9, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 1867, a bill that requires covered employers to …

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Recent Changes to Independent Contractor Law Provides Additional Occupational Exemptions

Most employers are well aware of AB 5, which requires California employers to consider those who perform services for them as employees, not independent contractors, unless they pass the ABC test.  To be categorized as an independent contractor, they must (A) be free from the employer’s control, (B) perform work that is outside the usual …

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California Governor Immediately Expands Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

On September 9, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 1867, a bill that immediately expands supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons for certain employers not already covered by existing leaves. Early in the pandemic, there was talk of creating more COVID-19-related paid leave requirements to fill the “gaps” left by the Families First Coronavirus Response …

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FFCRA Back-To-School Questions Answered

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarified how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) leave provisions apply to certain school closure scenarios. To briefly recap, the FFCRA provides both emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for employees who are unable to work or telework because they need to …

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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Regulations In Effect

Passed in 2018 — and effective on January 1, 2020 — the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) alters the way many for-profit businesses must operate. Generally, the CCPA provides California consumers rights over how and whether the personal data they provide to businesses is collected, retained and sold. Employers can now refer to recently approved …

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