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Employers Can’t Require COVID-19 Antibody Testing

As California’s economy continues to reopen, and workplaces start allowing employees to re-enter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its COVID-19 guidance, stating that employers may not require employees to take COVID-19 antibody testing to return to the workplace. The COVID-19 antibody test (also known as a serology test) screens a person’s …

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Californians Must Wear Face Coverings Outside Their Homes

On June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health announced that statewide, the general public is now required to use cloth face coverings when outside the home, with limited exceptions. “Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a press release. “They are critical to keeping those who are …

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Health Insurance Marketplace Model Notices Expire, Comments Open

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s model notices for employers who do and don’t offer a health plan to some or all employees expired at the end of May — but employers can still use the expired notices for the time being. The DOL has requested the forms be extended without revision, and the Office …

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U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sexual Orientation, Transgender Protections

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on whether a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s sex discrimination protections. The Supreme Court ruled that any employment decision based, at least in part, on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes unlawful …

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The Recently Signed PPP Flexibility Act is Good News for Some Employers

On June 5th, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act was signed into law. Under the original PPP law, loan guidelines mandated that employers put 75% of their loan amount toward payroll. However, many businesses found this difficult, as operational costs such as rent and utilities still had to be paid.  This amendment now requires …

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DFEH Announces Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Course

As you are aware, Governor Newsom approved Senate Bill 1343, 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 each employee once every two years. As part of the statute, …

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As Temps Rise, Protect Your Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness

As the first major heat wave of the season sends temperatures across California into the 100s, Cal/OSHA reminds all employers to review high temperature advisories and warnings in effect throughout the week — and to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness while also taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Heat illness occurs …

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Extended for COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20, extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during California’s stay-at-home order. The order is retroactive to March 19, 2020, and extends through July 5, 2020. As California’s gradual reopening begins to enter Phase 2, the executive order extends workers’ …

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Updated Form I-9 Handbook for Employers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its guidance manual, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274). This useful manual provides employers with detailed instructions on completing the Form I-9. The revised handbook version is dated 4/27/2020. The updated manual reflects revisions to the Form I-9. As previously reported, the …

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