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U.S. Supreme Court Halts OSHA’s General Employer Vaccine Mandate

On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order staying the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standards (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to enact written workplace policies mandating full vaccination or weekly testing of its workforce — which would have affected an estimated 84 million workers in the …

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California Extends Indoor Mask Mandate Through February 15

Less than a month after the California Department of Health (CDPH) announced the requirement that all individuals must wear face coverings in all “indoor public settings” regardless of vaccination status through January 15, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that this mandate will now extend through February 15, 2022 — and the Los …

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CDPH Mandates Vaccine Boosters for Health Care, Direct Care Workers

Prior to the California Department of Health’s (CDPH) isolation and quarantine guidance update, the department released two orders that may have flown under some people’s radars — orders that mandate certain workers be “fully vaccinated and boosted” for COVID-19 by February 1, 2022. More specifically, on December 22, 2021, the CDPH released: An order mandating …

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CDC Shortens Recommended Isolation, Quarantine Periods for Public — But Employers Must Follow Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS

On December 27, 2021, just days after updating its infection and exposure guidance for health care workers on December 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has shortened its recommended isolation and quarantine periods for the general population — but employers must still follow the California Division of Occupational Safety …

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2022 IRS Mileage Rates Announced

On December 17, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) …

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Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board Adopts Revised COVID-19 ETS

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) met on December 16, 2021, to consider a second readoption of its COVID-19 Workplace Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). After public comment and some discussion, the OSHSB —the standards-setting agency within the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) — did, indeed, vote to readopt the ETS …

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California Mask Mandate

Per a guidance document published by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on December 13th, masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). The following CDPH resources contain additional information regarding types of masks, the most effective …

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Federal Vaccination Rule Put on Hold

Just one day after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its mandatory vaccination emergency temporary standard, a federal court has put the rule on hold pending review by the court. As previously reported, on November 5, 2021, the DOL published in the Federal Register its emergency temporary standard requiring employers with at least 100 …

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2022 Computer Software Employee, Licensed Physician/Surgeon Exemption Rates

As 2022 gets closer, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has released the 2022 rate changes for the computer software employees exemption and the licensed physicians and surgeons exemption. These new rates take effect on January 1, 2022. To be considered an exempt computer professional, a computer software employee must meet certain requirements, such as being highly …

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Daylight Savings Time Ends November 7th!

What employers should do: Remind your employees to turn their clocks back one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 7th.  Verify how your payroll system is set up to handle the change in time. Check other programs such as scheduling, meeting and calendar software.  If your company has a weekend night shift, make sure your …

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