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Workplace Productivity: Coffee Breaks, Hiding in Bathrooms to Kill Time In California, nonexempt employees are entitled to a 10-minute rest break for every four hours worked or “major fraction thereof,” as well as a 30-minute unpaid meal break if they work for more than five hours per day. A recent survey discovered what workers actually …

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Employers Must Pay Rest, Meal Break Premiums at ‘Regular Rate’ Copy

As California employers are well aware, they must follow to the letter numerous detailed and complex wage and hour requirements — including the requirement to pay a one-hour premium to nonexempt employees who don’t receive compliant meal or rest breaks. Specifically, Labor Code section 226.7 states that when an employer doesn’t provide a meal or rest break that complies …

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Coming Soon: U.S. Emergency Rule Establishing a Large Employer Vaccination or Testing Mandate

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Labor through its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working to create an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workers are fully vaccinated or to require any remaining unvaccinated workers to produce …

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Remember: Vaccinated or Not, Workers Should Wear Face Coverings Indoors

Roughly a month ago, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings requiring that individuals in certain settings wear masks indoors and recommending that all individuals wear face coverings while indoors regardless of vaccination status. And on August 25, 2021, the California Division of Occupational Safety and …

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Understanding Religious Accommodations For Mandatory Vaccination Policies

COVID-19 vaccines continue dominating the news as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now provided full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in individuals 16 years of age and older. Previously, any vaccine in use in the U.S. was only provided an emergency use authorization; the FDA’s full approval of at …

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Common Virtual, In-Person Interview Mistake

As job interviews shifted from in-person to virtual over the last year and a half, the common mistakes applicants may make also changed. According to a recent Zenefits survey of 1,000 hiring managers that highlighted difficulties they’ve experienced while interviewing potential employees, including their main pet peeves, hiring managers reported seeing these most common problems …

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Employers Change Tactics to Attract New Employees

Eighty-two percent of employers say they perceive a talent shortage — many of whom offered signing bonuses to new employees as a short-term fix for this shortage, according to a new Salary.com survey. More specifically, hourly employees received a median signing bonus of $1,000, and salaried employees received a median bonus of $5,000. The survey …

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Not Providing COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Is Costly for Employers

As of March 29, 2021 — and retroactive to January 1, 2021 — employers with 26 or more employees have been required to provide 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) to their employees. In late July, four months after the bill enacting the SPSL law went into effect, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited …

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Employers Must Pay Rest, Meal Break Premiums at ‘Regular Rate’

As California employers are well aware, they must follow to the letter numerous detailed and complex wage and hour requirements — including the requirement to pay a one-hour premium to nonexempt employees who don’t receive compliant meal or rest breaks. Specifically, Labor Code section 226.7 states that when an employer doesn’t provide a meal or rest break that complies …

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Clearing Confusion About Current COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

With COVID-19 cases back on the rise and mitigation strategies, like face covering mandates, back, it feels like we have jumped into a time machine to go back to the past. The issue now is that California is becoming a patchwork of different rules that is largely dependent upon where a business’ work is performed, …

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