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A Quick Reminder from P•A•S Associates Regarding Time Off For Voting!

With a general election quickly approaching on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, we wanted to remind you of a few important requirements. Employers are required to provide up to two hours of paid time off to vote if an employee does not have sufficient time outside of work hours to do so. Polling places are open …

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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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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 Wildfires: Employee Pay, Smoke Protection

As of August 19, more than 360 wildfires were simultaneously raging across California, destroying property and prompting evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents. On August 18, Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the wildfires that have worsened due to both the current heat wave and continuous high winds. “We are deploying every resource …

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High Heat Warnings: How to Keep Outdoor Workers Safe

As California experiences record-breaking temperatures — excessive heat warnings and watches have been issued throughout California, including Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and more — the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly known as Cal/OSHA) reminds all employers with outdoor workers to take steps to prevent heat illness. Heat illness …

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California Releases ‘Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening’

On July 24, 2020, when the reported number of COVID-19 cases in California surpassed 425,000, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new playbook — called the “Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening” — to guide employers on how to provide a safe and clean environment for workers and customers to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. …

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DFEH Announces One-Hour and Two-Hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Courses

Senate Bill 1343 was signed in 2018, requiring California employers with five (5) or more employees to provide California Harassment Prevention training to all employees. Effective January 1, 2020, each covered employer is required to provide the training and education to current employees by January 1, 2021, within six months of hire for new employees …

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