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Important Information Regarding New Federal Posting Changes

Following is some information regarding recent and anticipated changes to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) workplace posters, and provides details about how these updates will be received. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Poster: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published an updated version of the (FLSA) notice to reflect changes to federal labor law. […]

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What You Should Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

1. What is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act? The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is a new law that requires covered employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an “undue hardship.” The PWFA applies only to accommodations. Existing laws that the EEOC enforces make

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EEOC COVID-19 Guidance Updated as Federal COVID-19 Emergency Ends

On May 15, 2023, following the end of the national COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its long running COVID-19 technical assistance resources — What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEOC Laws. As reported throughout the pandemic (here, here, here and here), the EEOC regularly updated

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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 12, 2023. 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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Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post 2022 Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses on February 1

Cal/OSHA is reminding employers in California to post their 2022 annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, including those related to COVID-19, by February 1, 2023. The Form 300A summary must be posted each year from February 1 through April 30. The annual summary must be placed in a visible and easily accessible area at each worksite.

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New California Law Expands Pay Scale Disclosure, Pay Data Reporting Requirements

On September 27, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1162, which requires employers to make pay scales available to job applicants and employees as well as expands California’s pay data reporting requirements. Pay Scale Disclosures Currently, California employers are prohibited from asking job applicants about their salary history during the hiring process. Current law also requires

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Cal/OSHA Extends COVID-19 Workplace Rules for Two Years

In the fall of 2020, as businesses were struggling to follow the latest COVID-19-related agency guidance, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) adopted a comprehensive package of COVID-19 rules designed to create a uniform standard for COVID-19 prevention and mitigation in the workplace — the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). After more

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CA Labor Commissioner’s FAQs on Pay Scale Disclosures

The California Labor Commissioner’s office released FAQs addressing some of employers’ lingering questions about the new pay scale disclosure requirements starting January 1. These recently released FAQs answer questions on job postings for remote positions, how to count your employees to see if you meet the 15 employee threshold and if a link or QR code can

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IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2023; business use increases 3 cents per mile

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2023 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 65.5

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Get Ready for Next Year’s Minimum Wage Increases

As 2022 winds down, it’s time to prepare for the minimum wage changes coming in 2023. Beginning January 1, 2023, the minimum wage will be $15.50 for all California employers, regardless of size, unless they are in a location with a higher local minimum wage. Employers should be mindful of the effect of state minimum

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