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Remote Work Considerations Amid Coronavirus

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is affecting us in ways that just a few short months ago were incomprehensible, and it’s making life for many employers pretty tough. While the trend of working from home, also referred to as “telecommuting,” has grown over the years, coronavirus concerns have pushed many employers to allow remote work …

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Passes

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed additional emergency relief legislation known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First Act). Passed because of the escalating coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation, the Families First Act creates expanded employee benefits and protections related to COVID-19, including a new federal paid sick leave law, an …

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California WARN Act Suspended For COVID-19 Emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order suspending the bulk of the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) for the duration of the current COVID-19 emergency, subject to certain conditions — an action that concerned employers are welcoming. The COVID-19 emergency is wreaking havoc on many employers’ operations. In the state’s effort …

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COVID-19 From an HR Perspective

In light of the recent pandemic, employers are unsure of their obligations regarding reducing employee hours, closing the office, or sending employees home if they exhibit symptoms associated with the virus.  In an effort to provide you the most up-to-date information, P·A·S Associates has prepared the following information. What are an employer’s legal obligations, if …

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Employees Who Settle, Dismiss Individual Claims Can Still Bring PAGA Lawsuits

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that employees that settle and dismiss individual Labor Code violation claims against employers can still pursue a claim under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), a statute that deputizes them to enforce violations on behalf of the state. Before the PAGA, only the state’s Labor Commissioner, not employees, could …

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Options for Employers, Employees During School Closures

In response to the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation, many school districts are electing to shut down campuses for several weeks to attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus. These closures will undoubtedly have a huge impact on both employers and employees, but employers and employees have several options, including the use of …

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Medical Proof of Disability Needed to Start Accommodation Process

One of my employees who has been with the company for a few years (and who was about to get written up for failing to complete projects in a timely manner) came to me and said she needed more time to complete her work because she’s dyslexic. I asked her to provide me a doctor’s …

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Daylight Savings Time Begins This Weekend!

What Employers Should Do: Remind your employees to set their clocks forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 8, 2020. Verify how your payroll system is set up to handle the change in time. Check other programs such as scheduling, meeting and calendar software. What if your company has a weekend night shift?  Make sure your …

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Balancing Workplace Illnesses and Medical/Privacy Concerns

Our employee has recently returned from traveling in an area where there is an illness epidemic. What can we do to address the employee’s exposure and protect our workplace? Under the federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), an employer has an obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. However, managing …

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Accommodating Pregnant Employees in Potentially Risky Workplaces

We have a pregnant employee working in the plant where there are a lot of chemical exposures. Her doctor has not restricted or limited her work duties, but we are concerned about her exposure to these chemicals. What are our options? First, make sure her doctor is fully aware of the issues in the plant. …

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